"recycled" folder

Posted on 2002-05-01
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I find folder "recycled", with a secondary "Nprotect" on my disk. They both amass a large amount of files and links and clogg disk space. What can be the source and how can I avoid this.
Can the files be deleted completely without causing damage to originals?
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"Recycled" is the Trash. Deleted files go there until you empty trash, unless you delete using special procedure. Nprotect suggests Norton is active in some way on your machine and "protects" deleted files. Totally useless, IMHO. Files in these folders _should_ be the ones you have deleted. You should be able to restore a deleted file as long as it is in the trash. When it's no longer there, it is gone.

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The Recyled folder is where files go when you delete a file. The reason for this file is in case you inadvertently deleted a file and you want to retore it. You can delete the files from this folder but keep in mind that once these files are removed then you will no longer be able to restore any of them. I generally delete all the files that that have been in this folder for over 30 days.

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you can also delete a file directly without sending it to trash by holding down shift key while deleting. You can restrict the size of the recycled folder by right clicking the recycle bin and setting the maximum percentage of your harddisk that can be used for by the recycle directory.

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When space gets low on your PC, the oldest files in the Recycle bin will get overwritten by new data.  It is a good idea to periodically flush your recycle bins once you're sure there are no files in there that you need.  As suggested already, every 30 days or so is good.  Likewise, the Norton Nprotect bin should be emptied similarly.  I believe the main difference between the Recycle bin & NProtect is that the latter will never be overwritten.
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Hello sluice, and welcome.

I suggest you read the tips on Comments vs. Answers. The link is just above the comment text box. By proposing an answer rather than making a comment you lock the Q and put it out of sight. The author can accept any comment as an answer.

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this answer doesn't resolve my question. I prefer to accept one of the comments

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