How to Fix “This File/Folder is too big to Recycle” in Windows 11 and 10

When you delete any big file or folder that contains lots of data, you may get a prompt that tells you; This File/Folder is too big to Recycle, do you want to permanently delete it? You may click the Yes button without even thinking once, but later, when you need these files, you may regret it because you have deleted all the files permanently.

When you delete something on Windows, everything directly goes into the recycle bin. You can recover your deleted files from the Recycle Bin with a one-click if you have not permanently deleted them.

Why “This Folder is too Big to Recycle” error?

The Recycle Bin is allocated some amount of space in the hard drive to store the deleted files. If the Recycle Bin is filled up with lots of deleted files and folders; As a result, Recycle Bin keeps deleting the older file to create some space for the new files.

When the user attempts to delete any bigger file that is bigger than the size available in the Recycle Bin. Recycle Bin prompts a popup and asks you to permanently delete the Files or Folder because File or Folder is too big to Recycle.

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Fix: File/Folder is too big to Recycle, Do you want to permanently delete it

The solution to this problem is to allocate more space to Recycle Bin so that Recycle Bin can store more data and Bigger files. The following steps will show you how to do this.

  1. On the Desktop Screen, Right-click the Recycle Bin.
  2. Next, select the Properties from the context menu.
  3. In the Properties, under the Settings for selected location, select the Custom Size.
  4. Enter the Size in MB you want to allocate to Recycle Bin. For example, if you’re going to allocate the 20GB space, enter the 20480MB because 1GB equals 1024MB.
  1. Click the Apply then OK.

Once you complete the steps, you have increased the size of the Recycle Bin. If you delete a File or Folder bigger than 20GB, you will be asked to delete the File or folder permanently.

Sometimes users accidentally delete the files, but thanks to Recycle Bin that stores the deleted files. Any time, we can recover the file from the Recycle Bin with a one-click.

This is all about fixing the “This File/Folder is too big to Recycle” error in Windows 11 or 10. I hope this guide is helpful for you; if you have any feedback, feel free to mention it below in the comment section.

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