At times you may have to delete a number of files or folders in your system. As we all know, a deleted item is moved to the Windows Recycle Bin folder. Redirecting deleted files to the Recycle Bin makes it easier to restore them at later stages. It is because sometimes we mistakenly choose wrong files for deletion. Upon this, in order to completely remove files from the system, you will again have to clear the recycle bin. Hence here it takes double the time to delete the file from location and to delete files from the trash. This time-consuming operation can prove to be ridiculous in the case of a large amount of data/files. So, bypassing the recycle bin can serve to be advantageous in such cases.
Permanently delete files from the system
It is possible to permanently delete files or folders in your computer storage without moving them to recycle bin. You can do this in either way-
- Shift – Delete operation
Whenever you want to erase any file or folder hold on shift + del keys together. This, in turn, will prompt you whether you want permanently delete the file/folder; click on Yes button. Here the selected file is completely wiped from the system.
- Via Windows Command Prompt
You can also perform permanent file deletions on the command prompt window. Go to Start menu and type cmd and open the Windows command prompt. You can then use DEL command to delete files on a permanent basis.
An additional note –
Think twice and confirm before going with permanent deletion using above methods. Once after deletion, you cannot access or restore your files back. In other words, there is no such utility available on your Windows computer that can fetch back your files. But internally, your file still resides on the same storage until and unless it is overwritten by new data. The same logic implies to recycle bin. So, in case if you want to undelete permanently erased files or recover deleted files recycle bin then all you need is a file recovery program. A reliable third-party application can help you to safely bring back files.