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    Change Maximum Storage Size for Recycle Bin in Windows 10

    Change Maximum Storage Size for Recycle Bin in Windows 10

    How to Change Maximum Storage Size for Recycle Bin in Windows 10
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    26 Nov 2018
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    How to Change Maximum Storage Size for Recycle Bin in Windows 10


    The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

    If you have multiple hard drives, partitions, or an external hard drive connected to your PC, each location will have its own $Recycle.Bin and Recycle Bin settings. Removable drives, such as USB flash drives and memory cards, will not have a Recycle Bin. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted.

    The Recycle Bin will store deleted files until the maximum storage size for that Recycle Bin location has been reached. When this happens the Recycle Bin will automatically permanently delete (empty) older files in the Recycle Bin location to make room for the newer deleted files.

    If you like keeping all your deleted files in the Recycle Bin as a safety net, you can increase the maximum storage size for the Recycle Bin.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum storage size for Recycle Bin for only your account in Windows 10.


    Here's How:

    1. Right click or press and hold on the Recycle Bin, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Change Maximum Storage Size for Recycle Bin in Windows 10-recycle_bin_context_menu.png

    2. Select the Recycle Bin location for the drive (ex: C ) at the top you want to change the maximum storage size for. (see screenshot below)

    Change Maximum Storage Size for Recycle Bin in Windows 10-recycle_bin_max_storage_size-1.png

    3. Select (dot) Custom size, set the maximum size in MB (1024 MB = 1 GB) for storage you want, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

    The default maximum storage size of a Recycle Bin location is about 5% of its space available.

    Change Maximum Storage Size for Recycle Bin in Windows 10-recycle_bin_max_storage_size-2.png

    4. Repeat step 2 above if you have another Recycle Bin location you want to change the maximum storage size for.

    5. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 2)


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 174
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 1709
       #1

    Any way to set it to minimum via registry .bat/.reg?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,453
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21364
    Thread Starter
       #2

    It's not practical to set this via registry since each volume is assigned a unique GUID with no easy way of knowing which drive they are for. MaxCapacity is the DWORD for this setting.

    Change Maximum Storage Size for Recycle Bin in Windows 10-volume.jpg
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  3. lx07's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    2004
       #3

    Brink said:
    It's not practical to set this via registry since each volume is assigned a unique GUID with no easy way of knowing which drive they are for.
    You could use mountvol to get the GUID. For example to set C to 5000MB
    Code:
    $Size=5000 # Size in MB
    $Volume=mountvol C:\ /L 
    $Guid=[regex]::Matches($Volume,'{([-0-9A-F].*?)}')
    $RegKey="HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket\Volume\"+$Guid.value
    New-ItemProperty -Path $RegKey -Name MaxCapacity -Value $Size -PropertyType "dword" -Force
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,453
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21364
    Thread Starter
       #4

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  5. Angbo0m's Avatar
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro (1803)
       #5

    I can't change it as it is grayed on my computer since yesterday. How do I fix this? I have tried so many things that I might have to resort to reintalling Windows 10 This sucks
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,453
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21364
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hello @Angbo0m,

    Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing this to see if anything may stand out.
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  7. Angbo0m's Avatar
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro (1803)
       #7

    Brink said:
    Hello @Angbo0m,

    Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing this to see if anything may stand out.
    Started a thread here and nothing has worked thus far sadly: Win10 Recycle Bin no longer lets me recycle stuff to it - Windows 10 Forums
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