When starting windows an error message displays C:\ Recycle Bin corrupt or D:\ Recycle Bin corrupt. This also appears when deleting files or sending files to the recycle bin. Click on recycle bin and you see no files at all.
There is a hidden folder C:\ $Recycle.Bin
or D:\ $Recycle.Bin
that is the root cause of this problem and needs to be deleted.
. Solution 1 Manual Fix
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
3. Click on the View
tab and check the Show hidden files, folders and drives
. *This will display the hidden folder $Recycle.Bin when you click on your C:\ or D:\ 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:\ or D:\ drive or it passes the same errors to other systems on your network.
5. Go and refresh your desktop and your errors should be removed. Should now be able to use recycle bin normally. Solution 2 quick fix (thanks to a previous post) Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder - Vista Forums
If you receive any errors "Access Denied" etc then you will need to proceed with a Manual process below
If the problem continues after using both these examples you may be experiencing hardware audio or other driver
Hope this helps.