Remove older files from your Recycle Bin

runs on Windows
screenshot of BinManager

The Windows Recycle Bin is a handy tool. When you delete a file, it isn't really deleted, instead it's moved into this location and held there, just in case you want to bring it back at some point. No doubt it was created by some engineer who had just deleted the wrong file one time too many and decided that there had to be an easier way to deal with things.

Unfortunately, once you stick a file in there, it's going to hang around for a long time. Now maybe that's good, if you're careless or indecisive, but beyond that, it may be just taking up space. We don't know if there's some study out there regarding the half-life of a deleted file—the point at which it's likely that that not-really-deleted file won't ever need to be resurrected, you probably have a sense yourself of what that number might be like. Indeed, it's probably more likely that you'll want to get back a file from two hours ago or two days ago than it is that you'll want to get back something from two weeks ago or two months ago. With BinManager, you can take control of that time horizon.

Rather than having your Recycle Bin emptying be an all-or-nothing proposition, you can choose a time frame for your deletions. Once BinManager is installed, you'll get a choice in the right-click context menu for your Recycle Bin that lets you specify the age of files you're comfortable getting rid of, whether it's a day or two, a week, or even a month.

BinManager is a free download for your Windows system.

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5 Responses to “Remove older files from your Recycle Bin”

  1. Chas says:

    ????? Why would I not just go to the recycle bin and empty it if I did not want the files? Just curious on the idea behind this program.
    Thanks.

  2. arameth says:

    Thanks it freed up a surprising amount of space!

  3. video2012 says:

    the download did not work in my win 7 environment, rand the setu.exe and nothing. Also the link to MSN is also broken. Oh well, sounded like a great way to get rid of files without a trail.

  4. video2012 says:

    wont not work in my win 7 environment, ran the setu.exe and nothing. Also the link to MSN is also broken. Oh well, sounded like a great way to get rid of files without a trail.

  5. Donnie says:

    Confused! Last paragraph. Rather it be an all or nothing situation. If emptying my trash, gets the files off of my compter completely the ALL is fine by me. If this is just another thing to take up space, so I can schedule trash emptying, then why down load it?