How To Increase or Decrease the Recycle Bin Storage Capacity in Windows XP Professional

May 24, 2008 by
Filed under: Windows XP 

The default size for the recycle bin in Windows XP is 10% of the hard drive space. If you have a small hard disk, you might want to increase the 10% to suite your purposes. If you hardly use the recycle bin (pressing Shift+Delete to remove files), you might want to reduce the size of the recycle bin.

To Increase or Decrease the Recycle Bin Storage Capacity in Windows XP Professional:

  1. Select by right-clicking the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and then click the Properties option.
  2. XP Recycle Bin
  3. Use the slider over Maximum size of Recycle Bin and drag to the desired capacity.
    Note: To set the storage capacity for each drive differently, select the option, Configure drives independently. Choose the different drive tabs and then set the desired capacity.
  4. Recycle Bin Size
  5. Click the OK button.

Due to the 32 bit architecture of the operating system, the limit for the recycle bin in Windows is 3.99 GB. This means the slider will be limited to the percentage that is relevant for that maximum, even on larger drives.

Do keep in mind that you can maximize the recycle bin for multiple drives by using individual settings per drive.

Comments

8 Comments on How To Increase or Decrease the Recycle Bin Storage Capacity in Windows XP Professional

  1. tried it on Sun, 19th Oct 2008 9:23 pm
  2. doesn’t work, just stays at 3.99 g

  3. tester on Sun, 19th Oct 2008 9:25 pm
  4. In Windows XP, the maximum Recycle Bin size is 10 percent of the drive’s capacity or 3.99GB, whichever is smaller. It’s a hard limit—you can’t get around it. If you stick with Win XP, you’ll want to establish some kind of protocol so that you’ll always verify the archive before deleting the files.

  5. Kyle on Mon, 20th Oct 2008 11:58 am
  6. @tester – I think the DEFAULT is 10%, not the maximum. The maximum is indeed 3.99GB, which is related to the nature of the 32 bit OS.
    I’ll update the article to reflect this information. Thanks.

    Kyle

  7. me on Sun, 22nd Mar 2009 8:11 pm
  8. thank you very much for this information. it was helpful for me!

  9. steve on Sun, 12th Sep 2010 6:25 am
  10. shown me a registry tweak to get past 3.99 GB

  11. steve on Sun, 12th Sep 2010 6:29 am
  12. i need a registry tweak to get past 3.99 GB

  13. Kyle on Mon, 20th Sep 2010 4:40 pm
  14. @steve – On Windows XP that is not possible due to the 32-bit architecture. You’ll need to move to a 64-bit architecture for that, probably Vista or Windows 7.

  15. girish on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 4:29 am
  16. this helps me a lot

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