By default, the maximum size of the Recycle Bin of any hard disk is ten percent of the disk itself. For example, a 20GB hard disk would have a maximum Recycle Bin size of 2GBquite a bit of loitering space for files that you want to delete.
There are a couple reasons for modifying the default Recycle Bin size. One, configuring a smaller maximum size forces good housekeeping; you tend not to clutter up your hard disk with useless files marked for deletion. Two, you also might do so simply because disk space is getting low.
Conversely, you may decide to raise this limit because you don't want to lose any of the files currently in the Recycle Bin. You can perform either of these tasks by accessing the Recycle Bin's Properties dialog box as shown in the previous chunk. You then choose from one of these options:
Note that if you set the Recycle Bin size to zero percent, all of its contents are lost when changes are applied. This is yet another way to immediately delete items first using the Recycle Bin. In other words, configuring the Recycle Bin with a setting of zero effectively does away with the Recycle Bin. You will still see the icon, but it will be sitting uselessly on the Desktop.
Also, if you delete a file that causes the Recycle Bin to exceed its allotted percentage size, Windows warns you with an error message.