Microsoft to add recycle bin feature to SkyDrive?

Microsoft launched the new version of its SkyDrive online file storage service last week, complete with a new "Modern" user interface. However, someone has been going deep into the code for the new SkyDrive and uncovered a feature that Microsoft, at least for now, has not yet turned on.

Liveside.net reports that their examination of the code showed a "Recycle Bin" option. That likely means that, at some point in the near future, Microsoft will soon allow SkyDrive users to place files in a recycle bin that's similar to the one that millions of Windows PC owners have used for years.

This new feature will hopefully work in the same way as the Windows recycle bin; namely the ability to delete files on a SkyDrive account but also the ability to restore them later if they are needed.

The story points out that there are still some unknowns with this new feature, including if files placed in the recycle bin would still count as part of the cloud file size limits that Microsoft has in place for SkyDrive accounts. It's also not known if the SkyDrive recycle feature could be linked with a Windows PC recycle bin in some way.

Source: LiveSide.net | Image via LiveSide.net

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So long as you can turn it off I'm fine with it. I can't stand the recycle bin. I wish you could turn if off in Windows too.

Panda X said,
So long as you can turn it off I'm fine with it. I can't stand the recycle bin. I wish you could turn if off in Windows too.

you can turn it off.
just search it on google or bing and you'll find the answer. my brother has done it on his computer.

Here's one way:
1) Run Group Policy (Start-Run-Type “gpedit.msc”)
2) Goto User Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Windows Explorer
3) Enable the “Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin” policy

aviator189 said,

you can turn it off.
just search it on google or bing and you'll find the answer. my brother has done it on his computer.

Here's one way:
1) Run Group Policy (Start-Run-Type “gpedit.msc”)
2) Goto User Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Windows Explorer
3) Enable the “Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin” policy


or just right-click on the recycle bin, select Properties and check "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted"

Panda X said,
So long as you can turn it off I'm fine with it. I can't stand the recycle bin. I wish you could turn if off in Windows too.

Right-click the Recycle Bin > Properties > Don't move files to Recycle Bin. Then right-click the desktop > Personalize > Change desktop icons > un-check Recycle Bin.

A340600 said,

Right-click the Recycle Bin > Properties > Don't move files to Recycle Bin. Then right-click the desktop > Personalize > Change desktop icons > un-check Recycle Bin.


And this is why I love Windows, so much customization.
(to anyone that's tempted: don't bring up Metro and start another war)

Panda X said,
So long as you can turn it off I'm fine with it. I can't stand the recycle bin. I wish you could turn if off in Windows too.

You can lulz.

billyea said,

And this is why I love Windows, so much customization.
(to anyone that's tempted: don't bring up Metro and start another war)

Can't do any of that customization with metro! God it's so awful!

aviator189 said,

you can turn it off.
just search it on google or bing and you'll find the answer. my brother has done it on his computer.

Here's one way:
1) Run Group Policy (Start-Run-Type “gpedit.msc”)
2) Goto User Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Windows Explorer
3) Enable the “Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin” policy

Tager said,

or just right-click on the recycle bin, select Properties and check "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted"

MrHumpty said,

You can lulz.

Those work for user interaction in explorer, however programs still manually move things in there themselves. I have all those options disabled, even tried making C:\$Recycle.bin read-only, but still there are a lot of programs that ignore those options and still put files in the recycle bin. I've tried the GPO, and the simple Recycle Bin options, setting the quota to 0MB, making the folder read-only, deleting the physical location of the recycle bin (just gets recreated), and still other programs will move files there if you delete within.

What I meant was, I want there to be a way to permanently turn off the Recycle Bin, where instead of just hitting delete in explorer works, other programs would also not move files into the Recycle Bin.

I dunno if you need a recycle bin in the cloud. I've been using the skydrive app, and the PCs I have it installed on would be just fine to move the files to the local recycle bin just as live mesh did.

Although, I guess if folks are using a PC that they dont own or dont have the app installed it may help them. (?)