Enable Recycle Bin on Mapped Network Drives

Network mapping refers to connecting the network drive to a one or more local operating system using the network drive resource. This means connecting a local drive with allocated shared directory or folder to another computer using the network radiusUsually connecting these devices needs access and authorization. This usually requires the ID of the shared directory and authorization password.

Network mapping can involve one to multiple computers to the shared network resource and work together using the shared network resource effortlessly.

What happens when a file is accidentally or intentionally deleted which is stored on the network or mapped network? The file will be permanently deleted. It cannot go through the local computer’s or server's Recycle bin (if the recycle bin is not enabled on the shared device). The residing data on the drive is lost. In order to avoid such unnecessary data loss scenarios, you will have to enable the recycle bin on mapped network devices. Let us understand the simple guide on how to enable Recycle bin on the mapped network drives.

How to Enable Recycle Bin on the Mapped Network Device

  • Map a network drive to the network share you want to use. Ensure that the drive is reconnected on the login
  • Then go to C: > Users > Username
  • Right-click on any folder of this location and click Properties > Location tab
  • Click on Move and browse the root drive (Which is mapped in step 1) and then hit Select Folder
  • Then click OK and when the dialog box appears hit Yes
  • Just repeat these steps for every user on the PC

 Once every user is mapped to the network drive, using the above-mentioned steps, every user will be able to find deleted files on the network drive in the local recycle bin.

Note: To verify whether this process worked or not, right-click on the recycle bin and go to properties, and check whether the network drive is listed in the recycle bin’s location column.

If you lost data accidentally by deleting files on mapped network drives, you can make use of a professional File recovery software like Remo Recover. It can retrieve lost or deleted data with ease, however it necessary that the recovery software has to be installed on the main computer connected to the mapped drive. If you encounter a scenario where the Recycle bin is corrupt, then click here to know how to fix the corrupted Recycle bin.

It is recommended to have Remo Hard Drive Recovery software installed on the network drive folder. By doing this you will be able to perform data recovery of the permanently lost files. The software also provides the user with two scan options, which Normal Scan and Deep Scan. You will be able to choose any based on your requirement. 

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Steps on How to Recover Data from Shared Network Drive

  1. Download Remo Recover on Network drive folder. 
  2. Launch the tool, you will have three options- Recover Files, Recover Photos, and Recover Partitions.
    Recover data on shared network drive
  3. Next, click on Recover Partitions, select the Network drive from which you want to recover data and click on Scan.
  4. After completion of the scanning process, recovered hard drive data will be displayed in Data View and File Type View
    recovered data from shared network drive
  5.   The user can preview and save the recovered data.

Additional Information

Network drives are beneficial shared allocation directories, which easily allows connecting two or more local operating systems on to a network drive. It allows the user to work together and communicate easily.

However, it is important for the user to understand that any files deleted without enabling the recycle bin will be permanently lost. It is recommended to verify if the Recycle bin is enabled and then take a call of action on deleting files from the network drive. Hence it is recommended not to delete any files from network drive until it is enabled with a recycle bin unless you are sure.

Enable Recycle Bin on Mapped Network Drives was last modified: June 17th, 2020 by John Harris

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