Recycle Bin

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 A short note on Recycle bin.

Recycle bin is an icon on the Windows desktop that represents a directory where deleted files are temporarily stored. This enables you to retrieve files that you may have accidentally deleted. From time to time, you'll want to purge the recycle bin to free up space on your hard disk. You can also configure Windows so that it doesn't use the recycle bin at all, but then you won't be able to retrieve accidentally deleted files.

Items in the Recycle Bin remain there until you decide to permanently delete them from your computer. These items still take up hard disk space and can be undeleted or restored back to their original location. When it fills up, Windows automatically cleans out enough space in the
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The Recycle Bin can be accessed via the desktop (In fact it is the only icon shown by default on the Windows XP desktop) or Windows Explorer. The Recycle Bin, when accessed from the desktop, has different options and information than what Windows Explorer normally would have as seen from the physical location. In an NTFS environment, users cannot see deleted files in the Recycle Bin of other user.

Files in the Recycle Bin are stored in its physical location and renamed as D.. A hidden file called info2 (info in Windows 95) stores the files' original paths and names. When the user views the Recycle Bin, the files are displayed with their original names. When the file is "Restored" from the Recycle Bin, it is returned to its original directory and name.

When the file is "deleted" by emptying the Recycle Bin, the space on the disk used by the file is designated as "free" without any changes being made to the file data itself. Future files will overwrite the data when they are saved on the disk. In other words, the data is not erased, but the address marking the data's existence is.

Deleting files

In Windows Explorer, files are moved to the Recycle Bin in a number of ways:
• By right-clicking on a file and selecting delete from the menu
• Selecting the file and pressing the delete key
• Selecting delete from the side menu in Windows XP
• Selecting the file and choosing delete from
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