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Has any ever used the Network Recycle Bin tool?

Is that legit? Need to have our network shared drives go into a Recycle Bin. A user has deleted a file from one of our network drives and would like to prevent this trouble of recovering the files in the future.

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If you are running a Linux-based NAS, you might start-off by reading one of the following:

The art of recycling, without over-filling your file system, can be a deep and challenging subject. Hope this helps.

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Good for showing the non-Windows angle. +1 for you. – user3463 Mar 29 '11 at 5:14

There's a nice tip on this page on how to do it with a mapped network drive linked to one of your "My Documents" sub-folders. Worth a try.

Here's how:

  1. Map a network drive to the network share you want to use. Make sure that the drive is re-connected on logon. If you don't know how to do this, search Google.
  2. Browse to C:\users\.
  3. Right-click on one of the folders in this location (I chose saved games) and click properties.
  4. Select the Location tab.
  5. Click Move, browse to to root of the drive you mapped in step 1, and click Select Folder.
  6. Click Ok and click yes in the dialogue box that appears.
  7. Repeat these same steps for all users on the computer.

You can now verify that the network drive is protected by the recycle bin by right-clicking on the recycle bin and clicking properties. The network drive should be listed in the Recycle Bin Locations column.

Some warnings: 1. This only protects files accessed through the mapped network drive, and not by UNC paths. So for example, if you mapped \server\share to z:, and delete something off the z drive, it will go to the recycle bin. However, if you browse to \server\share and delete a file, it will be deleted directly.

  1. I don't know what will happen if your network drive is not available, so beware. This may not work well with laptops.
  2. What ever files that were supposed to be stored in the folder you select in step 3 will now be stored on your mapped network drive by default. This can actually be quite useful.
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I have used the Network Recycle Bin Tool. It is very useful for us. You can install as a local machine version as a server version on the server side. It will catch deleted network files and copy them to some predefined folder.

Network Recycle Bin Tool web site

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