By default, Windows automatically reserves 10% of your hard disk space for the Recycle Bin. Therefore, to the average new computer user, who probably receives his system with either an 250 gigabyte or even a 500 gigabyte hard drive, this translates into 2500 to 5000 megabytes of hard drive space that is being reserved for the Recycle Bin. So by simply adjusting the 10% default reserve setting down to a 5% reserve setting, users can literally regain back hundreds of megabytes of data for their personal use. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to regain back 5% of Your Total Hard Drive Space.
Regaining Back Your Hard Drive Space
- Locate the Recycle Bin icon on your Desktop and right click on it with your mouse.
- Then left click on the word Properties from the pull down menu that appears.
- This will open up and take you to the Recycle Bin Properties Window.
- Adjust the slider bar in the center of the screen from 10% down to a 5% with your mouse.
- Then click on the OK button to save your changes and exit the Recycle Bin Properties Window.
- Reboot your computer to have Windows fully initiate the necessary changes to your system.
Note: This Technical Brief Will Work For All Operating Systems Including Windows XP.