Recycle Bin Empties Itself: How to Stop Recycle Bin Auto Deletion in Windows 7/8/10

Brithny updated on Aug 27, 2019 to Deleted Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

This article is divided into three parts. the first part tells you the way to let recycle bin automatically empty itself on schedule. The second part show the way to stop recycle bin automatically deleting files. The last part helps you recover lost files from recycle bin to aviod data loss.

PAGE CONTENT:
Part 1. How to Automatically Empty the Recycle Bin on Schedule
Part 2. Stop Recycle Bin Automatically Deletion Windows 10
Part 3. How to Recover Files from Recycle Bin

Part 1. How to Automatically Empty the Recycle Bin on Schedule

When you try to delete a file or folder, you're not actually deleting it from your computer. It only gets moved to the Recycle Bin, which continues to use valuable space on the hard drive. Though you may have to know how to manually empty the recycle bin, you may forget the automatic steps.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to automatically empty the Recycle Bin using the Task Scheduler to keep the hard drive space optimized, while giving you enough time to recover deleted files.

1. Open Start, do a search for Task Scheduler, and press Enter.

open task scheduler to auto empty recycle bin

2. Right-click Task Scheduler Library and click New Folder.

create a new task

3. Name the folder My Tasks or anything descriptive. (You want to do this to keep your tasks organized and separated from the system tasks.) Right-click the newly created folder and select Create task.

4. On the General tab, enter a name for the task, such as Empty Windows Recycle Bin.

enter details of the task on general tab

5. On the Triggers tab, click New to create an action that will trigger the task.

create a new action on the triggers tab

6. For the purpose of this guide, I'll select and configure On a schedule, but you can pick from a number of trigger actions, including At log on, At startup, On an event, and more. 

put in all of your settings

If you're using the schedule option as a trigger, consider using the Weekly or Monthly option, which will give you some time to recover deleted files.

7. On the Actions tab, click New. 

open action tab

  •    Under Settings, on Programs/script enter cmd.exe.
  •    Under Settings, on Add arguments enter the following argument and click OK:

   /c "echo Y|PowerShell.exe -NoProfile -Command Clear-RecycleBin" Then click OK to complete the task. 

click OK to finish your task settings

Once you completed the steps, the task will run automatically at the trigger condition you have configured.

Part 2. Stop Recycle Bin Automatically Deletion Windows 10

Two methods are provided below to help you stop recycle bin automatically deleting files. 

Method 1. Delete the Task Scheduler

If you have created a new task to let your Recycle Bin empty itself, you can delete the task and the auto-deletion will stop immediately.

Method 2. Change Recycle Bin Settings

Step 1. Open Settings app. Navigate to System > Storage.

Step 2. Click Change how we free up space link. Uncheck the second option: delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days.

uncheck the second option to stop recycle bin auto deletion

Then, your Recycle Bin will stop deleting files automatically.

Part 3. How to Recover Files from Recycle Bin

If you have lost some important files from Recycle Bin, you can still restore them with the help of EaseUS data recovery. It is a wonderful easy recovery tool which is really helpful to recover permanently deleted files from the emptied Recycle Bin in all Windows versions. It allows you to preview all the deleted files before you purchasing it. Here is the detailed guide about how to recover files deleted from recycle bin in Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista.

Step 1. Select the Recycle Bin to scan.

Launch EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC. Under the "Specify a location" section, click "Recycle Bin" and then "Scan".

select recycle bin folder to scan

Step 2. Scan all emptied files.

The software will start a quick scan immediately for all deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch to scan more lost files. After the scanning process, you can use the Filter feature to filter a specific file type, such as Pictures, Documents, Videos, etc.

scan recycle bin data

Step 3. Preview and recover files.

Once you locate the desired files, you can double-click on a file for a full preview. Finally, select the wanted files and click "Recover". 

preview and recover recycle bin data
 
 

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