How to Recover Files Too Large for Recycle Bin

Jean updated on Sep 22, 2020 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


This article details the reasons why some files are deleted permanently rather than go to the Recycle Bin and provides you the practical method to recover large deleted files that are not found in Recycle Bin in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Quick Navigation:

  1. Folder is too big to recycle
  2. True user case
  3. Recover large deleted files
  4. Customize recycle bin settings

Error Message - This Folder Is Too Big to Recycle 

Have you ever receive this error "This folder is too big to recycle, do you want to permanently delete it?". 

files too large to the recycle bin

Where does the permanently deleted file go? Generally speaking, when you first delete a file on a computer by right-clicking delete option or press "Delete" key, it goes to the computer's Recycle Bin, Trash, or something similar depending on your operating system. It will remain there until you empty the Recycle Bin or restore the file from it. Recovering data from the Recycle Bin is practical if you remove the files/folders by pressing the DEL key or by right-clicking the item and choosing Delete. 

However, it's not always working using this way. If the deleted files are larger than the maximum size of the Recycle Bin, these items will bypass the Recycle Bin and be deleted permanently. Just as the picture shows, the maximum size of Recycle Bin is 8998MB, if your files or folders are larger than 8998MB, you would receive this error.

files too large for the recycle bin

In order to solve doubts for users, I plan to carry out a deep discussion of the "file too big for the Recycle Bin" issue. Three aspects will be involved in the following content:

  1. 1. True user case of files too big for the Recycle Bin
  2. 2. How to restore large deleted files
  3. 3. How to customize Recycle Bin settings to solve this problem

Files Deleted Permanently Rather Than Go to the Recycle Bin

"I mistakenly deleted a whole folder from a partition this morning, in which I lost dozens of very important large files, including Photoshop PSD files that are larger than 12GB. The deleted folder bypassed the Recycle Bin since the folder size was too large for it. Thus, I can't find the deleted items in the Recycle Bin and recover the large files from it. What's the other way I should try to recover files that are too large for Recycle Bin?"

As I have mentioned above, once you delete the items when the message "file too big for Recycle Bin" appears, they will be deleted permanently. This operation is like the "Shift + Delete" activity. However, the items are still on the hard drive, at least until another file or part of another file is saved to the same location. You only remove the entry and not the files themselves. As a result, the files are still recoverable as long as they are not overwritten. In this case, only reliable and professional data recovery software can help you recover files too large for Recycle Bin.

How to Recover Large Deleted Files

Ideally, you should stop using the device to avoid data overwritten. Then, apply a professional data recovery program to scan and recover the deleted files. The sooner you do the data recovery after you delete your files, the better the chances of recovery will be. To save your time and energy, I have a recommendation – EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

With the data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can easily perform the recovery of large files that have bypassed the Recycle Bin and of the files lost in other situations in simple steps. (Jump to the end of the article for a more detailed introduction of this tool if you have questions.)

Step 1. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you should see a list of all disks on your computer. Choose the exact hard drive partition where files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

select your hard drive and click scan

Step 2. The scan process starts immediately. Depending on how large the hard drive is, it usually takes several minutes to several hours to finish the scan. However, the "Deleted files" result comes out very quickly. Check if all the deleted files are showing up.

scan deleted files on hard drive

Step 3. During or after the scan, you can preview the found files by double-click or right-click. Then, select the target files and click "Recover" to save them to another safe place rather than the original hard drive.

select files and click recover

How to Customize Recycle Bin Settings 

If you don't want the deleted files, whether large or small, to bypass the Recycle Bin, you can change Recycle Bin properties. 

Step 1. Right-click "Recycle Bin". Choose "Properties".

change recycle bin properties

Quick Tip: If you can't find the icon in the desktop, you can control the desktop icons on Settings > Personalization > Themes, and clicking the Desktop icon settings option under the "Related Settings" section.

Step 2. Under the "Settings for selected location" section, select the "Custom size" option.

In the "Maximum size (MB)" field, specify the maximum hard drive space in megabyte that Recycle Bin can use on the particular partition. For example, if you have a 500GB drive, and you want to Recycle Bin to use 50GB of space, then you need to specify 51200 megabytes (because 1GB is equal to 1024MB).

customize recycle bin properties

Step 3. Click the "Apply" button. Click the "OK" button.

Once you've completed the steps, the Recycle Bin will be able to keep more or fewer files from a particular location depending on your configuration. While each partition configured on your device has its own Recycle Bin, removable drives like SD cards and USB flash drives are not supported, which means that as you delete files on an SD card or a USB, they'll be erased permanently.


As a trustworthy and versatile tool, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can eliminate your worries whenever you get a file lost. Don't miss this simple but powerful tool to protect your data security. With this tool installed on your Windows computer, you can:

  • Recover deleted, formatted, or lost files.
  • Restore multiple file types, including photos, videos, audio files, email, files created by Microsoft Office, Adobe software, and more.
  • Retrieve data from multiple devices, including hard drive, memory card, USB flash drive, digital camera, mobile devices, and other storage media.
  • Get back content lost in multiple situations: accidental deletion/formatting, OS crash, partition loss, and more.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can always help you, never worry about data loss.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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