Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 1 year ago

Whenever you delete a file in Windows, why is the place it goes into called the recycle bin instead of the trash can?

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  • 1 year ago
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    Because it can still be restored easily until the recycle bin is emptied. The file actually still exists. You have only told the computer that it is okay to overwrite that space.

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  • 1 year ago

    its the name its called rubbish bin in ubuntu its just a name

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  • John
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    1 year ago

    If you hit shift-delete, as I pretty much always do, the data is truly deleted though. Meaning when I delete a file in Windows, it is gone. I never have used the recycle bin in all my years.....

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  • 1 year ago

    Recycle bin or Trash can what difference does the name make.

    It ends up where you want it whatever its called.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    I remember Bill Gates explaining in an interview in 1994 that it was named the Recycle Bin because people were recycling their disposables to be environmentally conscious. This is no joke. He really said something to that effect.

    It was to make personal computers Politically Correct.

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  • TomB
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Because it isn't deleted....the space where it lives is just re-allocated to be overwritten.

    This is why computer forensics can recover "deleted" files from a drive.

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  • 1 year ago

    It gives the NSA the opportunity to record it before it's disposed of .

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  • 1 year ago

    Because it got its name when Windows and Apple were fighting about the patent to Graphic User Interface. i.e. the use of the mouse and icons. Apple already had "trash" so Windows called it "recycle bin" to be different and be different from the Apple OS.

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  • 1 year ago

    Because "recycle" is more politically correct than "trash".

    But mostly because the deleted file can be put back in it's original location and used again (recycled).

    Right click any file in the Recycle Bin and select "Restore".

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Because "trash can" is a very American term; and Windows is sold globally. Most normal people wouldn't understand such a bizarre and foreign term.

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