Many Windows 10 users callously deletes files from their computer, because they know, that they can still restore those files from the Recycle Bin later on, if need be. Or, so they thought.
The fact is, there are numerous things that can make recently deleted files not appear in the Recycle Bin of your Windows 10 computer. As of when I was writing this article, I could think of 5, and I will explain them, and their fixes below.
Shift Key and Delete Function
If you hold down the Shift key on your keyboard when deleting a file, you are telling Windows 10 that you want to bypass the Recycle Bin.
In other words, instead of Windows moving the file to the Recycle Bin, it will delete the file permanently from your computer.
This seems to be the obvious reason. Many users are aware of this fact. But the other reasons might shock you.
Fix: Do not hold down the Shift key when you want to delete a file.
Recycle Bin Storage is low
By default, Windows 10 allocate less than 10% of your storage to the Recycle Bin. If you are the type that delete things more often, especially if what you are deleting is multiple, duplicates of a file, the less that 10% that was allocated to the Recycle Bin will get filled up in no time.
When the Recycle Bin has used up all the storage that was allocated to it by Windows 10, it will not increase the allocated storage automatically. Rather, it will stop accepting recently deleted files. Hence Windows will be removing the deleted file from your computer permanently.
Fix: You can either Free up the Recycle Bin storage by emptying it, or you increase the storage allocated to it.
To add more storage to the Recycle Bin allocated storage, do the following: Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, click on Properties, increase the numbers in the Maximum size (MB): box. Then click Apply and OK.
You have Deactivated Recycle Bin
Accidentally, you might have deactivated the Recycle Bin function. Hence, Windows 10 will be removing files you delete from your computer permanently.
Seeing the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop does not mean it is active.
Fix: Reactivate the Recycle Bin functionality. You do this by: Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, click on Properties, then Uncheck the Don’t move files to Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted box. Then click Apply and OK.
Recycle Bin Corrupted
Infestation by virus and other malware can cause the Recycle Bin feature to be corrupted. If this is the case, you will need to reset the Recycle Bin after you are sure, that your computer is no longer infected.
Fix: To reset the Recycle Bin, do the following.
Open Command Prompt as Admin.
Type in, or copy and paste the command line rd /s /q C:$Recycle.bin then hit the Enter button on your keyboard.
Now close the Command Prompt and restart your Computer.
You are Deleting from an External Drive
If what you deleted was from an external storage device such as USB Flash Drive, SD Memory Card, Smartphones and others, those files do not go to the Recycle Bin.
Fix: to fix this, move the file to your computer first, before you delete it. Do not delete it from the external drive.
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