My machine is set to store Recycle Bin for 1 GB. What happens when the Recycle Bin fills its space?

Does Windows notify you that it's full, or does it just automatically delete some files?


When the recycle bin's maximum size has been reached the oldest contents will be deleted to make room for the most recently deleted.

Source and more interesting facts about the Windows Recycle Bin.

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    +1 The panda recovery article was interesting, thanks. – DaveParillo Nov 12 '09 at 3:43
  • I think I'll just hide the Recycle Bin and forget about it. That way I'm not bothered by it and I can always recover my recently-deleted files. The performance hit isn't a big deal to me. Thanks for the info! – Travis Nov 13 '09 at 18:28
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    @DaveParillo, @ Molly, But the source is not from Microsoft so the info might be inaccurate and/or wouldn't work for future versions. Is there a document from an official Microsoft source? – Pacerier Jul 9 '15 at 6:23

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