KB450121 – Enable SMB Recycle Bin in FreeNAS

Last modified: February 26, 2019
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Shadow copies are really useful for accessing previous versions of a working document, but what happens if the working document is accidentally deleted? That’s where the recycle bin feature of FreeNAS shares allows you to recover a document that’s been deleted by accident. However, it is not enabled by default. It should be turned on when setting up personal shares.

To enable the recycle bin on a personal share select the share in the FreeNAS WebUI and then click on Advanced Mode.

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Next, check the box for Export Recycle Bin.

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That’s all there is to it.

Deleted files can be recovered from .recycle a hidden folder in the share.

Possibly one of the reasons the recycle bin is not enabled by default is that there isn’t a built-in feature in FreeNAS to manage the recycle bin. To work around this, add a line similar to the following to a cron job that runs daily. It will purge all files more than seven days old from the recycle bin of personal shares.

find /mnt/primary/home/*/.recycle/* -atime +7 -delete

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