Windows – Deleting a file in Windows 7 skips the recycle bin and is deleted permanantly

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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.

Best Answer

  • 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.