Windows 10: A way to redirect usb flash file deletes to windows 10 c drive recycle

  1.    22 Sep 2017 #1

    A way to redirect usb flash file deletes to windows 10 c drive recycle


    I have 3 flash drives connected to a USB powered hub. If I delete a file on any of the drives there appears to be no 'deleted file' location for that file. So either the deleted file is truly deleted or goes somewhere not on the particular flash drive.

    Is there a way to tell Windows that any files deleted from any USB flash drive are to go to the C drive recycle bin?

    Mark
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  2. Posts : 975
    Windows 10 Professional
       22 Sep 2017 #2

    Whenever I delete files from a flash drive, it's supposed to get permanently deleted (by Windows design). I don't see it in the Recycle Bin. Yet if you a delete a file from an external hard drive connected through USB, then it Will go to the Recycle Bin (on that specific drive).

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    EDIT: I apologize I forgot to answer your question. I don't know if there's a way to redirect deleted files from Flash Drives to the Recycle Bin, but there are free apps out there that can help recover deleted files from flash drives if you accidentally deleted something that you didn't intend on deleting.
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  3. Posts : 815
    Windows 10 Pro 1803 64 bit
       22 Sep 2017 #3

    As a workaround, just move the file from the USB to a folder on the C: drive and then delete it and it will go to the C: drive recycle bin.

    Jim
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  4. Posts : 975
    Windows 10 Professional
       22 Sep 2017 #4

    lol Jim, nice
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  5.    23 Sep 2017 #5

    Phone Man said: View Post
    As a workaround, just move the file from the USB to a folder on the C: drive and then delete it and it will go to the C: drive recycle bin.
    Ah, but an underlying concept (IMO) of the recycle bin is to prevent you from yourself ;-). Having the forethought to move/delete assumes one is blessed with higher thinking that would recognize you might not really want to delete the file/folder. I am not possessed with such ability .

    It's just curious that an OS safety net is present for 'hard' drives and not flash drives.

    Mark
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    23 Sep 2017 #6

    markg2 said: View Post
    Ah, but an underlying concept (IMO) of the recycle bin is to prevent you from yourself ;-). Having the forethought to move/delete assumes one is blessed with higher thinking that would recognize you might not really want to delete the file/folder. I am not possessed with such ability .

    It's just curious that an OS safety net is present for 'hard' drives and not flash drives.

    Mark
    Files deleted from a usb hard drive go to the recycle bin, but not flash drives, as these have the removable drive attribute, not fixed drive attribute set (unless a windows to go certified flash drive which have the fixed drive attribute set).

    Just tested it to prove it works, and it does.
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  7.    23 Sep 2017 #7

    My thoughts are, usually your deleting files on a thumb drive to free up space. Putting them in the recycle bin won't accomplish that. They just haven't caught up to the fact that Thumb Drives are a lot bigger in capacity than they used to be. For me, most of the time it would mean deleting the files, then the extra step of emptying the recycle bin. And the recycle bin isn't selective based on what drive the files were/are on. That means deleting all the files in there, or picking through trying to figure out what ones are on the thumb drive. You'd have to switch to details view and look at the original location. See where this is going? Be careful what you ask for.
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  8.    23 Sep 2017 #8

    Also, moving the deleted file from the thumb drive to the recycle bin folder on the PC, IMHO is a bad idea. What if its not your PC? You delete a file and now it on somebody else's PC. You may have deleted it because you don't want anybody to see it. Plus, if you ever want it back, you can only undelete it on that PC.
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  9.    23 Sep 2017 #9

    If I were (a benevolent) king and could direct MS, I would instruct MS to add a few, long overdue brain cells post haste to the recycle bin (that likely hasn't changed code since Win NT or 2K). In the least provide the following right click options: accept deleted files from all connected devices using the same OS, provide a user configurable/sortable view of how the deleted files appear, provide an on/off check-off screen so that a connected device could be excluded from this single recycle bin and add some optional level of secure deletion (crap cleaner).

    Mark
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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