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    Non-functioning Recycle Bin

    I just bought a used HP 500B computer running Windows 7. It has its own freshly-scrubbed 500 GB hard drive, plus an unscrubbed 160GB hard drive removed from its predecessor.

    It seems to work fine, except for the Recycle Bin.

    When I drop something into the Bin, it doesn't show up there. There seems to be nothing to restore, if I wanted to do that.

    When I try to empty the recycle bin, it asks me if I'm sure I want to remove those 31 items. (I always answer No).

    Seems like very strange behavior to me. Who has seen this before?
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    I'd start by re-creating the Recycle Bin - obviously anything currently "in it", visible or not, will be lost . . .

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/recycl...rupted-windows

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    I got the command prompt and entered

    rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin as directed.

    I got an Access Denied message.

    What next?
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    Hi Lou, it has to be from an elevated command prompt:

    1. Click on Start.
    2. Type cmd in the text entry box but don't press Enter.
    3. When cmd.exe appears as a found program, right-click on it and choose Run as administrator from the context menu.

    Voilą - an elevated command prompt.

    If you get any problems, restart into Safe Mode and do it.

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    I figured out about the "elevated" Command prompt.

    I got it, then entered the magic words.

    Now my Recycle Bin accepts files, but I can't see them. I know that because when I dumped two files into it and tried to empty it, it asked if I wanted to remove those two files.

    So it seems to be working, but I can't see the files in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Sander
    Now my Recycle Bin accepts files, but I can't see them. I know that because when I dumped two files into it and tried to empty it, it asked if I wanted to remove those two files. So it seems to be working, but I can't see the files in it.
    Have you tried sfc /scannow (again from an elevated command prompt)?

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    Is the 160GB HDD connected and does it also have a Recycle Bin ?

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    Working on it now. It takes a while, apparently.

    Dinner is served.
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    Dinner can wait a while.

    It reported that Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
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    Sudo15: The 160GB HDD is connected. I don't know if it has a Recycle Bin. The fellow from whom I bought the new computer just put the 160GB into it.
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    When you get around to it, disconnect it and then check if the files are visible - oh and bon appetit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Sander
    It reported that Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
    Just in case it's a Registry glitch...

    1. Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon and choose Properties.
    2. Change the setting from the Custom size option (make a note of the size, just in case) to the Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted. option.
    3. Shutdown (not restart) your PC.
    4. Start your PC again and change the setting back to Custom size (and shutdown then start your PC again).

    This should ensure that the settings are re-written to the Registry.

    Test again and let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15
    oh and bon appetit
    Nice one...

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    There are three drives on the system: C:, which is the 500GB, E:, which is a recovery partition, and F:, which is the old 160GB.

    I imagine that the Windows 7 operating system is still on F:. Maybe that's the problem.

    I just did the "Custom Size" procedure on all three drives, including multiple shutdowns.

    Still nothing to see in the Recycle Bin. It thinks it has ten files in there, and that's just about the right number.

    I have NOT tried disconnecting the 160GB drive yet. I don't know exactly how to do that.
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    Redo that command to reset the Recycle Bin using C: then repeat it changing the letter to F:

    That should empty both Recycle Bins if each has one and then go Start - type %temp% then press enter.

    Click on Organize - Select all - Organize - Delete - Confirm then check the box and click on Skip

    This will put something into the Recycle Bin of the HDD that has your OS on and then you can check if they are visible.

    To determine which HDD has the OS on, go Start and click on Computer one of them should show as Windows (C: ) but you could go back to whoever you bought it off and have them check it out.

    You would have to open it up to access the HDDs so perhaps it would be better to go back to whoever you bought it off.

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