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Windows 7: Point Recycle Bin to another drive


31 Dec 2010   #1
GWT

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Point Recycle Bin to another drive

I have two hard drives. C: drive and a D: drive.

Is there any way to point the Recycle Bin away from the C:\ drive to the D:\ drive in Windows 7 Professional?

Thanks

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31 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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  • Right-click on the recycle Bin
  • Choose Properties
  • On the Properties sheet you can Disable or Set Custom Sizes for individual drives
Recycle Bin storage size - Vista Forums


Hope this helps!
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31 Dec 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello GWT,

Sorry, but no. Each hard drive will have it's own $Recycle.bin file that it uses.

Internal HDD's $Recycle.bin file are all linked and display in the main Recycle Bin, where external or removable drive's files are usually deleted permanently and do not enter the Recyle Bin.
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31 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

There is no reason to move the Recycle Bin. When files are deleted they are not moved nor a write operation performed. The MFT is updated with a "pending" delete thus appears then in the Recycle Bin by Windows Explorer. There is no disk operations other then updating the MFT.
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31 Dec 2010   #5

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Maybe he leaves a lot of residual files in the recycle bin instead of deleting them and wants to clear some space on his main drive? That's the only reason I can think of someone wanting to move the recycle bin. If so, a better idea might be just to create a folder on the second drive that will act as the recycle bin and to just move all of the files you would have normally deleted into that folder.

Or, if this is not the reason, then nothing I said matter.
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31 Dec 2010   #6
GWT

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well the C:/ is a 64GB SSD and there's not a whole lot of room on it.

Plus I want to minimize writes to it, so I'd want the deleted files pointing to the D:/ drive where if I need to recover (within a short period of time) them later, then I can do so.
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31 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Moving the Recycle Bin will not assist with any of that.
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31 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Can't be done. A recycle bin is tied to the drive it's on. Can't work any other way, as logicearth said (sort of).

You can reduce the size on the recycle bin or turn it off completely. Depends on whether you ever use it or not. I can almost guarantee that as soon as you turn it off you'll delete a file accidentally and wish it was in the recycle bin. Probably some corollary to Murphy's Law.
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31 Dec 2010   #9
GWT

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Can't be done. A recycle bin is tied to the drive it's on. Can't work any other way, as logicearth said (sort of).
So there nothing that can be done? There's no way around it?

I have a file I want to delete on D:\ and when I delete it, it will go to the C:\ drive (a write) and produce excessive amounts of writes on the C:\ drive because the Recycle Bin can't be bypassed on C:\ and there are a lot of files (at times) that I wind up deleting. I mean, multi-gigabytes worth.

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You can reduce the size on the recycle bin or turn it off completely. Depends on whether you ever use it or not. I can almost guarantee that as soon as you turn it off you'll delete a file accidentally and wish it was in the recycle bin. Probably some corollary to Murphy's Law.
No doubt. I was considering that but inevitably that will happen.

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31 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

No file is written to the C: drive when you delete a file on D: or vise versa.
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