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Windows 7: Own Recycle Bin for USB drive

02 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
Own Recycle Bin for USB drive

Apologies that this is a bit off-topic , but perhaps one of you could point me in the right direction.

I am looking for a stand-alone "Recycle Bin" that I can put on USB drives. Most files deleted from a USB do not go to the regular Windows 7 Recycle Bin , and I need as a safeguard. I have undelete software that I can use on the USB if I need to recover a recently deleted file , but a "Recycle Bin" would be much easier.

I have tried a program called ibin but it seemed to have a lot of bugs and did not do what it was supposed to , so gave up.

Any advice would be gratefully received.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Apr 2011   #2

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I don't know of any reliable free bins specifically for USB drives, some of the expensive network recycle bins will doubtless work.

But you can use a simple trick to ensure that you don't lose files on your USB drives.

Make a folder on the drive, call it "Deleted Files" or something similar. Make it hidden using file properties or only allow admin access etc, whatever you like;

Now add that folder to your "Send To" context menu using "Send To Toys";

Now you can send any files to that hidden folder instead of deleting them.

This does not of course have the same functionality as the normal recycle bin, but you wont lose any files, and nobody else will see them unless they look for hidden files.

This will work for network drives;

But I don't know if it works on USB drives connected to a standalone machine. I don't have it on this machine to try it. It only costs ten dollars, and you can get a free trial before you buy it. Worth a try. There are a couple of other similar utilities in that price range, but after that the price goes way up!

This is probably about the best, but it starts at 60$ for a single license;

Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1

Thanks very much for your reply Mike. That's a good thought about adding a hidden folder and using the Send To option.

Will give it a try. Will also look into the other options you mentioned.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Apr 2011   #4

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

My pleasure. Let us know if you get it sorted satisfactorily.

Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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