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Windows 7: $recycle.bin folder on external hard drive

24 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
$recycle.bin folder on external hard drive

Hi all,

I was using Ace Utilities to scan an external hard drive and I noticed that 35.5GB was taken up in a folder called $recycle.bin. Can I empty the contents of this folder and all will be ok?


edit to add....theres also a folder called RECYCLER which contains 3.3GB...can this be emptied too?

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24 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 6.1

Those folders contain the files you have moved to Recycle Bin. $recycle.bin is used by Windows Seven, RECYCLER was used by earlier 5x series Windows (2000, XP, 2003).
If you do not need any of the files from the Recycle Bin you can delete both of these folders. Windows will restore them when needed.
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24 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

thats great thanks
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