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Windows 7: Recycle Bin is corrupt?

08 Dec 2011   #31

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

I tried this, but it said access was denied, any other ideas?

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05 Jan 2012   #32

Win 7 Pro x64

Thanks this example with some tweaks worked fine for me. Win7 pro x64

When I tried using the command rd /s /q D:\$Recycle.bin it did not work for me even when changing the drive letter. Just using C:\$Recycle.bin in the command prompt put me inside the corrupted folder (good way to check if the file exist, may need to change drive letters) and I could see all the files I was trying to remove in the recycle bin. So using the steps below is how I managed to solve the problem.

This is a similar solution if the $Recycle.bin is on the C:\$Recycle.bin or D:\ or etc drive. As I am using a partitioned drive with win7 and Backtrack5

1. On the desktop click on Computer

2. Click on Organize on the top left menu then Folder and Search Options
and open the Folder Options Window

3. Click on the View tab and check the Show hidden files, folders and drives click
Apply and Ok. *This will display the hidden folder $Recycle.bin when you click on your C:\WINDOWS drive

4. Locate and right click on the $Recycle.bin folder and rename it to corrupt or anything else. Right click on corrupt and delete it.

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:\ drive or it passes the same errors to other systems on your network.

5. Go to your desktop and refresh and your errors should be removed. Should now be able to use recycle bin normally.

If the problem continues after using both these examples you may be experiencing hardware driver issues.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2012   #33

Windows 7

Awesome fix! I was having the same problem! Thank you!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Mar 2012   #34

Win 7 Pro x32

This (rd /s /q D:\$Recycle.bin) worked for me.
Here is what I did-
1 - click windows key <start>
2 - type cmd <search programs and files>
3 - Right click on cmd.exe and select Run As Administrator
4 - type rd /s /q <driveletter>:\$Recycle.bin
5 - press enter.
6 - Voila
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2013   #35

Windows 7 64

So I was experiencing this recycle bin issue and attempted the cmd prompt fix.

Was it supposed to delete an entire folder of things I've downloaded over the last few years, or is this something only I experienced?

Interestingly enough, it only "targeted" the folder titled "Download" which is where all my downloads were stored. All other folders and files remained intact and were not deleted.


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