There have been umpteen instances where I have had used my USB drive (or flash drive) at my friend’s PC. And most of the times, I end up clearing the contents of the drive due to lot of reasons. So what happens to the deleted content?

  • It will be deleted permanently, or
  • It will go to recycle bin of that PC

Restoring the content in the first case is not an easy, straight-forward task, but in the second case, you can simply open the Recycle Bin and restore the deleted file, but then it works only when the owner of that PC has not emptied his recycle bin! So, is there any better solution?

Luckily, yes! The solution is to create a custom, built-in recycle bin within the flash drive!


How to create recycle bin for USB/Flash drive?

Check out a cool utility called iBIN which creates a built-in Recycle Bin for Flash drives. Just download the zip file, extract the EXE from the ZIP and copy it into your flash drive. Now run the EXE you just placed in your flash drive to create your flash drive’s Recycle Bin!

When you try to delete a file, you will now get a warning pop-up like the one below

ibin-popup

Clicking on Dump into iBin would move the file to iBin which will be available for restoration at a later point of time. We can adjust the capacity options for iBin along with other options by right-clicking on its system tray icon and opening its menu.

ibin-tray

There are variety of options available to tweak the settings of the utility to your requirement

ibin-options

Hope you find this utility useful! Let me know through your comments!

Download iBin [Some readers reporting presence of trojan as detected by Kaspersky. Download link removed until we get a confirmation if it's clean]

 
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  • http://twitter.com/BriTTo1sT BRiTTO

    Great Tips!
    Thnx BRO :)

  • geoffc

    Just what i need – Many thanks,
    geoffc

  • http://eknol.blogspot.com/ Gurpreet Singh

    Thanks for Sharing this I was looking this kind of option for my pen drive

  • David Macdonald

    This is really, really useful. Thanks a lot for sharing the tip!

  • http://digital-escape.blogspot.com CDA

    When you have a flash drive you usually don’t want any “hidden” data such as that in the recycle bin. You either keep the data on the drive, or remove it completely. So for me it seems rather useless. Not to say that it may contribute to the faster wearing of the drive, that’s why such an option wasn’t implemented in the first place.

  • http://www.niharsworld.com/ Nihar

    Great Tip dude.

    Never heard of a recycle bin for USB Flash Drive.

  • soon

    I would say this is fantasticly useful.

  • http://reviewunit.com/ Dwarka Rao

    Do we really need a recycle bin on our flash drive? I mean when you are dumping your data in the so called RECYCLE BIN FOR FLASH DRIVE, it is actually sitting still on your pen drive.

    But it is interesting.

  • gordon

    followed the link, started downloading and got a Warning about it having a TROJAN!

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      more info please? which AV? ESET didn’t throw any such alerts!

  • gordon

    it’s got Trojan.Win32.Swisyn.ujx in it!

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thanks for the alert Gordon, will check and revert

  • jewelfuji

    Thanks boss , ican not find virus by kasper.

  • phani

    good one…never heard about recycle bin for usb drives ..interesting post mate