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When I delete a file, it bypasses the recycle bin and is deleted permanantly.

I've made sure the recycle bin's "Don't move files to the recycle bin" option is unchecked and it has a maximum size of 25,122MB

Presumably I've changed something at some point, I had a quick google but didn't see anything obvious.

If I drag a (small) file to to the recycle bin, I see the prompt "Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?", selecting yes deletes the file, skipping the recycle bin.

I'm using Windows 7 (32-bit), build 7100 (7100.0.x86fre.winmain_win7rc.090421-1700)

The drive the OS is installed on is an SSD using the NTFS file system.

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  • Have you checked the size of the size of the disk that the recycling bin is allowed to use? Might create a similar effect to deleting a large file.
  • When you drag a file over the recycling bin what text comes up? Blue 'Move to Recycling Bin or Orange Alert 'Delete'?
  • What build are you using?

Odd, my system doesn't give confirmation of either when dragged even though the box is ticked; but get confirmation on both from the keyboard.

You might wish to keep a copy of recuva until this is resolved.

  • Thanks for your answer, greyDrifter. I've checked and the blue "move to recycle bin" arrow appears, but then dropping it displays a "delete this file perm.?" dialog. I've updated my answer with build info. I've bought a copy of Win7 that'll arrive in Oct, so I think I'll use recuva until then and prob use the win dvd to do a fresh install. – Matt Brindley Sep 4 '09 at 23:12
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It honestly sounds like your Shift key is stuck, as this is the behavior for Shift+Del.

The only other time a file will skip the recycle bin is when you delete of a network drive, or a non-NTFS drive. I am not aware of any other settings that control this behavior.

  • hehe, my shift key isn't stuck :-) I'll update my question with some drive info – Matt Brindley Sep 2 '09 at 12:36
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I was searching for an answer to this question - sometimes I was given the option to recycle a file, and sometimes not. I did all the usual checks of the Recycle Bin - settings, permissions etc., but no change.

I finally spotted the reason it wasn't working for me - a "Doh!" moment. The files that I could recycle were open in "Computer" in Win Explorer. The files I couldn't were open within "Network".

Maybe not your solution, but a simple one to consider.

  • You didn't contribute with anything new @Matthew Brindley already said in his answer "The only other time a file will skip the recycle bin is when you delete of a network drive, or a non-NTFS drive." – Davidenko Jul 20 '15 at 13:33

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