Is the memory of recycle bin a part of computer memory

May 2, 2013 at 00:53:20
Specs: Windows 7
Is the memory of recycle bin a part of computer memory? If yes,what is the total size of recycle bin that is allocated in memory?

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#1
May 2, 2013 at 01:42:03
Recycle bin is a system directory stored on each volume present on the system. It doesn't steal core memory but disk space to retain deleted files between power off/on cycles. RAM contents are lost at power off.

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#2
May 2, 2013 at 02:02:42
You are getting confused between system memory (RAM) and hard disk space.

The only similarity between the two is that the size of both is expressed in the number of bytes they contain, either MBs or GBs or even kBs if it is small..

The space on the hard disk allocated to the Recycle Bin can be a adjusted. Right click on the recycle bin and select properties. You can then adjust the space allocated to the recycle bin. Once it is full, the system starts deleting older files but for most purposes the default is adequate,

In reality the files stored in the Recycle Bin are little different than all the other programme and data files stored on the hard disk. They are just stored in a special folder where they system know where to find them.

As for system memory (RAM) allocation, that is best left for the system to manage. It is far to complicated for mere mortals to understand. That is best left to the Gods of System Programming.

Stuart


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#3
May 2, 2013 at 10:06:53
I doubt the hard disk space occupied by the recycle bin is huge, obviously more if you keep a lot of stuff in it. I'm curious about why you need to know this - are you short of space?

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#4
May 2, 2013 at 18:34:52
If you're wondering why you can't find it, it's also a hidden folder. I thought you could see it by just enabling the viewing of hidden files and folders but at least on my PC (XP) it won't show because it's a system folder as well. (Microsoft doesn't want you messing with system files and folders so it makes it hard to get at them.) But you can see it from command prompt if you do a dir/a:h c:\ and enter. It shows up as RECYCLER.

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#5
May 2, 2013 at 18:55:19
Yep, you have to temporarily invoke showing of protected files to see it in the normal way on my XP Home too - think it's the same for Vista onwards.

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#6
May 2, 2013 at 19:42:58
Ahh. 'Hide protected operating system files'. I hadn't even noticed that one before.

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