Windows Server - Network Drive Recycle bin

Asked By Ada on 14-Jun-07 03:11 PM
Where to files go when a user deletes something off a network drive or share.
I do not see it in the recycle bin on their PC.

I just recovered it form tape???


Myweb replied on 14-Jun-07 11:45 PM
Hello Adam,

Files deleted from netwrok drive are not moved to the recycle bin. They are
deleted. If you have a backup you are lucky, if not you can try with some
file recovery software.

Best regards

Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
no rights.
sekerma replied on 14-Jun-07 03:23 PM
Hi Adam,

I beleive you would check the server\pc that the drive was shared from and
look in the recycle bin on that machine.  You should find the file there.
Systems Administrator
Ada replied on 14-Jun-07 03:27 PM
Thats what I thought.  Is there anyway to have a network recycle bin or find
it on the server.  I do bakcup day but if someone makes a file and deletes
same day Im SOL.  The reason to have it on the server is for backup.
I am using folder redirection for my docs and desktop.
So its all on the server....
John John replied on 14-Jun-07 03:32 PM
That would certainly be news to me...

sekerma replied on 14-Jun-07 03:41 PM
Hi Myweb,

I saw your post and tested your response.  You are correct the files are
permanently deleted.  Please ignore my response.
Systems Administrator
Ada replied on 14-Jun-07 03:46 PM
I know I thought maybe there was a work around.

Is it just me or does the fall into the catagory of "not fair"?
It seems hard to convince end users the server is where you should save
stuff it you need to recover files when they are delted.

if a file is under 24 hours old you are in trouble.

sekerma replied on 14-Jun-07 03:58 PM
Hi Myweb,

Not really...when I saw your post I was curious.  The answer I gave was an
assumption on what I thought was the logical answer.  I always want to check
to see if the information I gave was correct.  This time I was wrong...sorry
about the misinformation Adam.

Best regards,
Systems Administrator
JoshuaBolto replied on 14-Jun-07 04:59 PM
This is why there is a market for server based undelete programs.  VSS is
also supposed to address this if you have it configured to do periodic
snapshots.  You go to the recent snapshot to recover the deleted file or so I
have read.
Herb Martin replied on 14-Jun-07 05:15 PM
Locally the Recycle Bin is part of Windows Explorer -- and on the network
you are NOT dealing with explorer on the server.  Explorer locally isn't
going to copy the file to the user's workstation just to put it into the

You CAN implement Shadow Copy on the (Win2003) Server however --
then users can both undelete and compare old versions.

See the VOLUME (drive) properties on the 2003 SERVER for the
place to implement shadow copy.

You will need to install the shadow copy client software to the client
machines (GPO or manually) before they can take advantage of the
copies you will be making.

Herb Martin, MCSE, MVP
(phone on web site)
Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] replied on 14-Jun-07 05:46 PM
Yes, and many things aren't. My mother explained that to me, though, when I
was about 5, IIRC. Of course, it wasn't about file servers, but in concept,
the advice was sound.

It's the only place they should save stuff

....and they should be trained to be careful.

Not if you use VSS...

Andrew Morton replied on 15-Jun-07 05:33 AM
NetWare had the facility since at least version 3, which would be something
like (ahem) fifteen years ago. Users were sooooo happy when you got their
files back... real job satisfaction for something so simple. <sigh>

Herb Martin replied on 15-Jun-07 05:58 AM
Only 4 years old, Volume Shadow Copies do that now.
Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] replied on 15-Jun-07 08:46 AM
Salvage was nice. VSS is a decent replacement, and has a GUI. :)
Hank Arnold replied on 17-Jun-07 05:52 AM
They are gone. Only option is to restore from backup.

When you delete a file from a network share, watch the animated image.
The document starts out from the first folder and moves toward the
second one (the recycle bin). Half way, it goes *BOOM* and disappears,
The MS programmers were trying to tell you something... ;-)

Hank Arnold
Grant Brown replied on 02-Nov-07 09:02 AM
I found a solution for this problem. A program called Undelete Plus. It is free and has no adware or pop ups with it. Installed on the client computer, the user can recove files deleted from a network drive. Seems to work well.
Rich Doode replied to Grant Brown on 19-Nov-09 11:22 AM
It costs $29.95 per PC.
ssslab m replied to Ada on 04-May-10 12:31 PM
I have just find the utility Network Recycle Bin Tool. It moves deleted files from network drives to the recycle bin. You can restore a deleted file as it was at the time of deletion. Download it from . More info at
Pegasus [MVP] replied to ssslab m on 04-May-10 06:27 PM
ssslab m replied to ssslab m on 19-Nov-10 12:48 AM
Now the Network Recycle Bin Tool has got new web page:
ssslab m replied to ssslab m on 19-Nov-10 12:49 AM
Now the Network Recycle Bin Tool has got new web page:
Andrew Mason replied to ssslab m on 31-Aug-11 01:14 PM
Here's a workaround; tested as working:

1. Map a network drive to the network share you want to use. Make sure that the drive is re-connected on logon. If you don't know how to do this, search Google.

2. Browse to C:\users\<user name>.

3. Right-click on one of the folders in this location (I chose saved games) and click properties.

4. Select the Location tab.

5. Click Move, browse to to root of the drive you mapped in step 1, and click Select Folder.

6. Click Ok and click yes in the dialogue box that appears.

7. Repeat these same steps for all users on the computer.

You can now verify that the network drive is protected by the recycle bin by right-clicking on the recycle bin and clicking properties. The network drive should be listed in the Recycle Bin Locations column.

Some warnings:

1. This only protects files accessed through the mapped network drive, and not by UNC paths. So for example, if you mapped \\server\share to z:, and delete something off the z drive, it will go to the recycle bin. However, if you browse to \\server\share and delete a file, it will be deleted directly.

2. I don't know what will happen if your network drive is not available, so beware. This may not work well with laptops.

3. What ever files that were supposed to be stored in the folder you select in step 3 will now be stored on your mapped network drive by default. This can actually be quite useful.