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    Corrupted Recycle Bin in external drive

    A friend of mine keeps getting an error, basically indicating a corrupted recyle bin on his I drive (external drive). It gives him the option of emptying the bin. But that doesn't fix anything. In fact, when he deletes something on his I drive, it does not go to his recycle bin. It is gone.

    I plan to do the following:

    delete the $recycle.bin drive from his main C: drive and the I: drive. Then reboot the computer. I figure Windows will then rebuild his recycle bin. Two questions:

    1) Is this likely to work? I hate/fear working with system files. I would do it with my computer, but I sure don't want to mess up his

    2) Can I just delete the recycle.bin from his I drive? If we reboot, will it get rebuilt?

    (I realize deleting the recycle.bin deletes anything in it. That is not a problem
    Mel

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    Jerry:
    I'm confused. Why rename it and then immediately delete it?

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    Hi Mel,

    IMPORTANT: The following procedure permanently deletes all files and folders which are already in the Recycle Bin (from all user accounts in the system) and cannot be recovered.

    1. Open an elevated Command Prompt by clicking Start > All Programs > Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator.

    2. Type the following command
    rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin
    press Enter:

    This clears out the $Recycle.bin folder for C:\ drive. You may have to do this for each hard disk partition in your system, by changing C to the drive letter of the other drive.

    3. Type exit to close the Command Prompt window.
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    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    Jerry:
    I'm confused. Why rename it and then immediately delete it?

    Mel
    According to the link
    Must rename $Recycle.Bin before deleting or it may continue throwing errors like Denied access or when you think it is deleted you see its still in your C:\ or D:\ drive or it passes the same errors to other systems on your network.
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    Jerry:

    Yes, I read that but it doesn't make sense. Suppose in the space of 20 seconds I change the name and then delete it. How does changing the name make any difference?

    Mel

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    If I made an educated guess, it's because it's a system folder, changing the name pulls any spurious registry entries with it, leaving the new $Recycle.bin folder pristine instead of merely recreated.
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    What he said.

    I merely supplied a link to a solution that worked for one user. I have not had the occasion to try it myself. Use it or modify it as you see fit. No warranty is given or implied

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    Jerry:

    I understand. We will try it tonite and I'll let you know how it goes.

    Thanks for your efforts

    Mel

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    Good luck.

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