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Delete from Recycle Bin by date?

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  1. Juraitwaluzka

    Juraitwaluzka Thread Starter

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    Anyone know if there is a way (or a utiltity) to delete from the Recycle Bin by date?

    My issue is that when I need to go in there to restore something there are thousands of files, the UI is so slow that it's nearly unusable. In reality if I could say delete everything over 2 weeks old this wouldn't happen. It's not a space issue, I already have it set to 1%, there are just lots and lots of files clogging it up.
     
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    Wy would you delete files that you planned to recover? Do you store things in the trash?
     
  4. Juraitwaluzka

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    Because there are only two ways to delete:

    1) Empty recycle bin - I don't want to do this because there may be recent files that I may need to restore. Once I empty the recycle bin I can no longer restore something from an hour ago (this has actually happened to me before).

    2) Selectively delete files through the UI. The problem is that once lots of files get in there the UI is very unresponsive. This is the problem I'm trying to fix. One thing that makes the problem worse for me than others is that in my work I generate lots of files and some of the tools I use send files to the recycle bin whether I like it or not, thereby filling it up with files quicker.

    If I could delete everything a week or 2 old, I could be fairly certain that the files could be purged without worry (worst case I could go to the backup archives if needed).

    Of course not. If I planned to recover it I would not delete it, but you can't be right 100% of the time, hence the need for recycle bin and undelete utilities. I use the recycle bin as I imagine it was intended to be used, as a recovery tool, i.e. as a way to recover something I deleted but later realized that I didn't mean to. Otherwise I would just always shift+del everything and bypass the Recycle Bin completely.

    I tried the Recycle Bin Zapper link (and searched for more), as it looks like what I need, but the author's site is no longer around and all the download links seem to point back to his now dead site.
     
  5. Phantom010

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    Things deleted from the recycle bin can be easily recovered with a free program like Recover Files 2. It's not the end!
     
  6. Juraitwaluzka

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    This is true, providing the space where the file existed has not been written to, but there's no guarantee of that.

    That won't do anything to address the sluggish Recycle Bin UI, though.

    Someone just sent me this link, which looks to be close to what I need (close enough in actuality as the source code is provided so I can modify it to fit my needs).

    http://www.cheztabor.com/BinManager/
     
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    I would think a better approach would be to perform daily backups, empty the recycle bin often and if a file is accidentally deleted, restore it from backup.
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Protected recycle bins, like Norton's, offer another layer of recovery. But those can get out of hand and you discover that your hard drive is full from "saved" trash.

    I guess I just don't throw anything away until I really want to get rid of it. I turned off the "confirmation" because I don't like being asked yet again if I really want to throw something away.

    But there have been one or two mistakes. In those cases, I just went to the previous day's Acronis image and got the file there.
     
  9. Juraitwaluzka

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    I do daily backups but that's not always enough. Sometimes the file I restore from the trash is something created and deleted in the same day and therefore won't be in a backup. Recycle bin works great for that.
     
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    One way to 'solve' this challenge, is to make a folder for each day to put the stuff into, when you no longer need it just delete the whole folder. If you name the folder- mm,dd,yy deleted it would be easy to find.
    vicks
     
  11. daniel_b2380

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    i use 'classic' view, so when i open my recycle bin:
    click view menu > choose arrange icons
    by name
    by origin
    by delete date
    by type
    by size
    auto arrange

    what else is needed?
     
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    yeah I don't see the problem doing this. you could have a thousand files in the recycle bin and it should by date instantly.
     
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    okay, then after i've sorted them according to my preference, i just left click bottom-right of the file i want to start with and drag the little dotted box upwards encompassing however / whatever of what i want to delete if not all then go the file menu and choose delete, or right click and choose delete,
    kiss =keep it simple.........
     
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