Why do we still use recycle bin? I suppose most of us don’t restore files
put in recycle bin or is it useful in recovering permanently deleted files?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #10, I look at how people use the Recycle Bin and its
usefulness to computer users.
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What about that Recycle Bin?
Recycle Bin has nothing whatsoever to do with permanently deleted files and,
in fact, the act of emptying your Recycle Bin IS permanently deleting
Permanently deleted files
The only option you have to recover permanently deleted files is using tools
Recuva, which examines the free space of your hard disk to see if it can
recover previously deleted files from that free space.
Why do we still recycle?
Why do we still use the Recycle Bin? I think you may underestimate the
number of times people make mistakes. It is not at all uncommon to delete
something and then wish you hadn’t.
The Recycle Bin is the perfect solution for that because it gives you the
opportunity to make that trade-off: to delete things without as much concern
and then only physically, truly, permanently delete them as a specific action
that you take later (or after a certain amount of time has passed or space has
So, no, I think a lot of people use the Recycle Bin to undelete files that
they’ve mistakenly deleted for any number of different reasons.