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    Will the recycle bin documents occupy space in a computer?


    Does the files staying in the recycle bin occupy memory space in a computer? Is it true that files occupying the recycle bin occupy storage space of the computer?

    I am using my laptop at my house and desktop system in office. When I am deleting some files from my computer etc., they get stored in the recycle bin. Sometimes without deleting totally from recycle bin, keeping some files non-deleted. Will such files occupy the space of the computer?
  • #139854
    Yes, files in recycle bin will occupy space in hard drive especially C: drive where your OS installed. It will help the users to restore the file whenever needed again.
    Even files which are permanently deleted from the computer can be restored using recovery software.

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  • #139856
    Files in recycle bin are basically pointer shortcuts. Unless you empty the recycle bin, the original files are not deleted. The files just remain taking space in the recycle bin. And their original location doesn't get empty. As far as hard drive capacity goes, unless new file over writes the current file, the space is shown empty for visual display.

    In magnetic drive or SSD, the space only gets to reuse. That's how the storage on the SSD and the HDD works. This is how recovery software also gets the content out of the disk. So it helps to shred the file in recycle bin. So the files in recycle bin never really goes away.

  • #139869
    Yes, the documents in recycle bin occupy space.
    One of the ways of creating space in laptop or desktop is to delete the files in the recycle bin.
    If you go to the Disk clean up option, you can see one of the options is Recycle bin and it will show how much space is occupied. Even though we move files by deleting they may not be deleted but move to recycle bin. Once we delete that particular file from recycle bin or empty Recycle bin space becomes available.
    In case of deleting some virus or malware affected files one may need to track and follow them in recycle bin also to delete.

  • #139872
    The files in the recycle bin will occupy space. They are stored because in case by mistake if you delete the file which you wanted to restore it back the file always goes to recycle bin. Its like using a dustbin in your home, before giving it to the garbage person you recheck it. In the same process the files in the recycle bin will be stored as temporary file. If you delete it from recycle also it is permanently deleted. Suppose if you don't want the file to store in recycle bin then you can press ctrl , shift and delete key together on the selected file. If you this key to delete a file the file will not even be stored in recycle bin.

  • #139876
    Files when deleted get stored in recycle bin they doesn't get deleted from the system and can be restored whenever required.
    This data in recyle bin is actually stored in C: drive, you can also check this storage by following this procedure :
    -even after deleting things you will find C: drive consuming same amount of memory but when you delete this item from recycle bin this memory consumed gets reduced .

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