Windows XP Recycle Bin size inaccuracy

February 24, 2010 at 05:11:35
Specs: Windows XP
This may seem a bit of an odd question but I just wanted to ask to see if anyone knows.

I opened the properties of the recycle bin and have it set to 1% of all drives, although I've only got one drive so its really 1% of that drive.

It is a 1TB drive, actual size is 931GB. So, one percent of this drive is 9.31GB. So I'm guessing I should be able to store upto 9.31GB of files in the recycle bin before it starts actually deleting items to make room for anything else added.

However, it currently has 3GB of files in it. I just tried to put another 4gb in there which obviously equates to 7GB in total. ANd yet it came up with an error stating the files were too big to put into the recycle bin.

This indicates the size of the bin is in actuality less than 4GB when it should be 9.31GB. So why is it ignoring my 1% setting?


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#1
February 24, 2010 at 05:47:58
Without going into detail, maybe your problem could be fixed if you run Defrag. while you are in Windows Safe-Mode.
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#2
February 24, 2010 at 07:07:45
Under Windows XP 32-bit architecture, the maximum Recycle Bin size is 10 percent of the drive's capacity or 3.99GB, whichever is smaller. This is by design.

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#3
February 24, 2010 at 07:29:03
That explains it then.

Is this a leftover feature from the days when Hard Discs were only available (or rather the only the affordable ones were available) in the tens of gigabytes as opposed to hundreds of gigabytes then?


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#4
February 24, 2010 at 07:55:27
Yes you are correct. This is one area that no one in Redmond bothered to update. Instead of deleting (right click DEL, or ΓΏ+DEL) files to the recycle bin, use SHIFT+DEL to permanently delete what you wanted gone for good.

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