Differences Between the Recycle Bin and the Recycler Folder

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SUMMARY

This article describes the difference between the Recycle Bin and the Recycler folder.

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When you delete a file in Windows NT Explorer or My Computer, the file is stored in the Recycle Bin. The file remains in the Recycle Bin until you empty the Recycle Bin or restore the file.

The Recycler folder is used only on NTFS partitions. The Recycler folder contains a Recycle Bin for each user that logs on to the computer, sorted by their security identifier (SID).

For additional information about the Recycle Bin, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
136517 How the Recycle Bin Stores Files
For additional information about Windows NT security identifiers, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
162001 Do Not Disk Duplicate Installed Versions of Windows NT

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Article ID: 171694 - Last Review: October 31, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
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  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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