Recycle Bin Size and no. of items

I have a question regarding recycle bin. I used see the number of items being deleted on the dialog box as well as how much space will be saved. It does not show that information anymore when I am emptying the recycle bin. Also, what should the size be for recycle bin? see screen capture.

Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAsked:
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there is no recommended setting for it; - in your case it is 8 GB = about 8-10% of the disk size
why do you want to change the setting?  if you want to save space, select '"Don't move files to recycle Bin"
Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Just click on each Recycle Bin location and check the settings. All should be set as shown in the screenshot = select Custom size' and check the 'Display delete confirmation dialog' checkbox.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In your settings  "Display Delete Confirmation Dialog"   ----  Uncheck this, restart the computer, go back, Check the setting (that is to the way you had it initially), and restart again.

Does the confirmation dialog start working?

As noted above, you can set whatever size you wish. It is not for us to say.  Mine is 50774 MB or 50 GB. but I have a very large main disk.
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone

I think everybody is not having a clear understanding of my question with all due respect.

The delete confirmation dialog is ok, I do not have a problem with it. That was not my question. It does show up when I am emptying my recycle bin. What I was asking is how to show the number of items being deleted and its corresponding space that I will gain . I looked online and I found out this feature has been removed from windows 10 but was available on Windows 7.

Nobus-I was trying to verify what is the default size should be. I think that was the amount listed when I upgraded to windows 10. In another citing online also it stated that the default size should be 10% of the first 40 GB and then 5% of what amount exceeding 40 Gb.

***My question is that amount of the C Drive that came with computer or the current C Drive Free Space?***

Please clarify.

Thank you.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
this feature has been removed from windows 10 but was available on Windows 7.

Windows 10 cannot be compared to Windows 7 so just use Windows 10 Recycle Bin as it is. It works properly

default size should be 10% of the first 40 GB and then 5% of what amount exceeding 40 Gb.

Not in my version of Windows 10. Just set the size. It is not a percentage.  So again, just use it as it comes.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Another way to say the above is that your system is working properly and the way Windows 10 was designed.

Also the Windows 10 design is not in any way constant. Stuff in V1607 is long gone and replaced with new designs in V1809 (still due out).
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Hi Basem,

Firstly, from the earlier comments;
if you want to save space, select '"Don't move files to recycle Bin"
I strongly recommend you do not do that or you will effectively disable your recycle bin and then face data recovery procedures to get anything deleted back if you delete something accidentally.

Also, what should the size be for recycle bin?
You can set that the default size of your recycle bin to whatever you like. When the amount of files reaches any limits you have set, then Windows automatically deletes files in the recycle bin to make room for new deletions when you do them. If you regularly empty your recycle bin, then that problem should never be an issue for you.

Also, if you try deleting a file that is too large for your recycle bin Maximum Size settings, then you will get a warning message that the file you are about to delete is too large for the recycle bin and will be permanently deleted instead.

Your current setting (from your snapshot) is to allow 8.122 GB which I personally consider to be a sensible setting, so my recommendation would be to leave that as it is or if anything, increase that figure if you want to be able to store even more deleted files to the recycle bin, or files that may be larger than 8.12 GB in size, until you manually empty the bin.

I personally have mine set to 97 GB :) How large a setting you have doesn't really matter, because any space is only taken up until you empty the recycle bin. Once cleared, hard drive space is returned. Make sense?

What I was asking is how to show the number of items being deleted and its corresponding space that I will gain
As you've already discovered, in Windows 10, the Recycle bin on your desktop no longer displays information about the amount of space that is currently being used by it (or how much in GB or MB is currently being stored in it). One way to just see how many files and folders are stored in it is to just double-click the recycle bin and take a look. Not really useful information that way though.

Here's one easy way to get info on both the number of files in it as well as how much space is being used.

TreeSize: Use TreeSize if you still have it installed. (Windows File Explorer is totally useless for this) Scan you C: drive with TreeSize and it will show you how much space is being used by the recycle bin at the time you do the scan. See below for an example:

Using Treesize to see how much space is being used by Recycle Bin
You can also get a report of what the recycle bin contains and how much space it is using on your other hard drives installed as well, by simply using the exact same method as above, only scanning the drive of interest. Note though that when you Empty your Recycle bin by right-clicking it and selecting "Empty Recycle Bin" from your desktop, then all files and folders stored in the recycle bin from all drives are cleared from the bin and all space is once again, subsequently reclaimed.

Make sense?

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Basem: We have already covered the differences in Windows 10 from Windows 7.

My counsel is to never use the recycle bin for keep things.  Delete, and empty the recycle bin (at least daily).
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Basem, in contrast to John's advice, in my opinion, keeping things in the recycle bin for a few days is a good practice to exercise and I think you should continue with that practice. I've seen a TON of questions in the past asking how to restore files accidentally deleted because it was later realized that a file was deleted and permanently removed the same day. The recycle bin gives you one last chance to "very easily" reverse an accidental deletion. I personally don't clear mine for a week or more and have benefited from that practice more times than I could count :)
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Opinions vary, of course. I keep mine empty at least daily as I am clear about what I delete.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:

I am not sure what do you mean by what you wrote here:

Basem: We have already covered the differences in Windows 10 from Windows 7.
I read that. Is that suppose to mean just accept what you stated as my answer. I read it and I believe I am the one who mentioned that Windows 10 does not provide that information on my own by doing some digging. I feel that Andrew's answer makes sense. Because incase inadvertently deleted something I can restore it it which easier than having to go to my backup and retrieve it that way. Thank you for your help sir and may God bless you.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Thank you all.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Thank you all.

You're very welcome Basem and I am glad that we were able to assist you :)

Regards, Andrew
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