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Windows 7: Is it safe to delete the $RECYCLE.BIN Folder? Pls Help?

12 Jun 2011   #1
ishmumrhmn

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
Is it safe to delete the $RECYCLE.BIN Folder? Pls Help?

Hello,
I got a usb 250gb hdd, and its got a folder called $recycle.bin

My question is, can i just delete it and have no problems? Thanks and tell me if you ever did it before.


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12 Jun 2011   #2
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ishmumrhmn View Post
Hello,
I got a usb 250gb hdd, and its got a folder called $recycle.bin

My question is, can i just delete it and have no problems? Thanks and tell me if you ever did it before.
Why don't you just hide it,

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12 Jun 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ishmumrhmn View Post
Hello,
I got a usb 250gb hdd, and its got a folder called $recycle.bin

My question is, can i just delete it and have no problems? Thanks and tell me if you ever did it before.
Doing so will reset the Recycle Bin for the drive that you deleted it on as outlined in the tutorial below. After restarting the computer, this file will automatically be recreated though. It should only be deleted if you are having a issue with your Recycle Bin as described in the tutorial below.

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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