Windows Recycle Bin Tips

Chris | Live Tech Support | Video Help | Add to iTunes – A community member at large emailed today, asking if there is a way to create a second recycle bin in Windows. The user is hoping to have two entirely separate recycle bins, for two separate drives.

In short… the answer is no. You cannot create a separate recycle bin. You do realize, don’t you, that the recycle bin is essentially just a folder? When you delete something from your computer, it goes to the recycle bin folder instead of being permanently deleted. This has saved my tush more than once. I have deleted something only to find later that I still needed it.

What you can do is to right click your recycle bin icon and go to “properties.” From there, you can change each drive independently, as far as allocated space. This way, you can manage your recycle bin on a drive-by-drive basis. You can sort things in the recycle bin by file path or drive, or even group things in there by date deleted, file type, etc.

One other thing you can do is to simply create a second folder. You can name it “recycle bin2” or whatever you choose, and even set a separate icon for it. You can then go in and change your settings to put certain things in that new folder, instead of the original recycle bin.

What tips and tricks do all of you have for handling file deletions from more than one drive? Drop me a comment, an email or a video reply and let me know what works for you!

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