The trash/recycle bin is NOT a place to store important files. Neither is the desktop, but thats a topic for another blog post. The trash/recycle bin is a place where you put files you want to delete from your computer, just like a regular trash bucket is a place where you throw paper and other material you no longer need. and just like a real trash bucket, it needs to be emptied on a regular basis. IF you do regular backups, you will not loose anything important. Having an empty trash/recycle bin will also help you computer run faster. I had a client a few weeks ago that had 3.5 GB (yup GIGAbytes) of files in their trash. Their comment after I got their permission to check and empty the trash: "Wow, its like the computer is NEW again". So, please empty the trash/recycle bin at least daily.