Windows 2000 sets aside a certain percentage of your hard disk for the Recycle Bin. When the Recycle Bin reaches its allocated capacity, Windows 2000 starts deleting files rather than placing them in the Recycle Bin (without warning). So if you keep a lot of files in the Recycle Bin, you might need to increase the amount of space allocated to it. Or, if you seldom use the Recycle Bin and your system is running low on disk space, you might want to decrease the amount of space allocated to the Recycle Bin or disable it altogether. You could also allocate different percentages of space on different drives.

By default, Windows 2000 allocates the same percentage of space to the Recycle Bin on each drive, but you can configure them separately, if needed.

Figure A
From here you can manage each drive’s Recycle Bin.

  • Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and choose Properties to open its Properties sheet, as shown in Figure A.
  • Select Configure Drives Independently and then use the slider to set the percentage for the selected drive.
  • Select the next drive’s tab and set its percentage.
  • Repeat the process for all drives in the system and then click OK.

If you prefer to disable the Recycle Bin and delete files immediately, open the Recycle Bin Properties and select the option Do Not Move Files To The Recycle Bin. To bypass the Recycle Bin for selected files without disabling it, hold down [Shift] when you press [Delete] to delete an item.

More Windows file-management tips

Fore more tips on Windows 2000 file management, check out the columns “Use the ASSOC command to associate file types” and “Manage Windows 2000 files with the FIND and RD console commands”, also from Jim Boyce. Or post a comment to this article and share your own Windows 2000 tip.