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29. Change Recycle Bin Space Allocation

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The larger your hard drive the larger will be the amount of space allocated to the recycle bin. While this may be useful if you happen to delete an important file accidentally, in many cases the additional room is simply a waste of space.

You can, of course, leave Windows to allocate whatever space it wishes to the recycle bin; or you could take matters into your own hands and stipulate your own allocation limit.

To do this proceed as follows:

  1. Right Click the Recycle Bin on your desktop and, from the drop down menu, Click Properties.
  2. In the Recycle Bin Properties window highlight the drive you want to change the recycle bin space allocation for (see below).
  3. Fig: 29-1 Recycle Bin Properties

    Fig: 29-1 Recycle Bin Properties

  4. In the Maximum Size dialogue box type in the amount of space you intend to allocate to the recycle bin and then Press OK.
  5. If you don't want your files to be moved to the recycle bin then Click on the radio button next to the Don't move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted option and Press OK.