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Windows 7: del $RECYCLE.BIN

23 Feb 2014   #1
s00

windows 7 home preminm x64
 
 
del $RECYCLE.BIN

how delete $RECYCLE.BIN folder or empty it?
$RECYCLE.BIN folder is about 2 GB in size!!!!!!!!


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23 Feb 2014   #2
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Hi there ... You should only delete from the Recycle Bin not the $RECYCLE.BIN these files have already been deleted in theory ... Just leave them alone ...
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23 Feb 2014   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello s00,

I agree with Maxie. You should only delete the files from within the Recycle Bin. The only time you should delete the $Recycle.bin file on a drive is if you are unable to delete them from within the Recycle Bin.

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Feb 2014   #4
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I've had the recycle bin retain deleted files from a pervious OS install even when you click empty the recycle bin. Example, deleted files in Windows 7 but didn't empty the recycle bin. Installed Windows 8 and then emptied recycle bin. The deleted Windows 7 files don't get deleted. This is on my DATA drive that doesn't get wiped on a re install. One way I found to totally clean it out is to set that drive to "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted". Then delete the $Recycle.bin folder. And then set it back to putting the deleted files into the recycle bin which creates a new empty folder.
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28 Feb 2014   #5
s00

windows 7 home preminm x64
 
 

thanks Brink
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28 Feb 2014   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Glad we could help.
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28 Feb 2014   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The $RECYCLE.BIN folder should be considered a system folder. It's internal organization and operation has never been fully documented and is subject to change. Except for repair procedures as in the tutorial linked to by Brink the folder should never be altered manually. The recycle bin should only be emptied by the established procedure. As a general rule you should never alter the contents of folders you did not create. The results of doing so are unpredictable.
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