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Windows 7: How to delete files from c:\recycler?

11 Aug 2009   #1

vista 32bit - win 7 RC
 
 
How to delete files from c:\recycler?

how can i delete my old deleted files from "c:\recycler" folder?
i've been thinking of this ever since i noticed that this folder has my very old deleted files from my previous OS.

i've already searched how to do it, but still can't find the correct way. all i found was, empty recycle bin, show hidden files, blah blah blah. and none of them work.

so, im asking for help here.
a command line will do.

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11 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Have you tried taking control of the folder and then attempting to delete it?
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11 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Here's the question! What is the C:Recycler folder and is there anyway you can remove the files contained in it?

And here's the answer for that one!

C:/RECYCLER Folder


"C://RECYCLER is basically a location where a users deleted files are stored. After a user empties their Recycle Bin the data will stay in the RECYCLER location. This could be viewed as a kind of hidden back-up for deleted files (99.9% of users don't know about it) or back door to track a user if ever needed. I would imagine its purpose is in the event a user deleted a critical system file that needed to be recovered.

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  • This is the system protected folder that is used to store the files you delete until you want to completely delete.


How remove files in /Recycler
The Recycler folder contains deleted files. On an external drive, the Recycler folder is not visible unless enabled (in Windows Explorer uncheck: tools/folder options/hide protect operating system files).

The files contained in the Recycler folder on an external drive can be deleted if, while the drive is mounted (connected) the user right clicks on the Recycle Bin on the DESKTOP (the main desktop, not the external drive) and selects "Empty Recycle Bin").

Note that the Recycler and the file contained therein will remain apparently unchanged. To confirm the deletion, right click the file within (the name will be a long string of letters and numbers) and select "properties". An empty file will be something like 8kb in size."
WikiAnswers - What is the C:Recycler folder and is there anyway you can remove the files contained in it
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11 Aug 2009   #4

vista 32bit - win 7 RC
 
 

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(in Windows Explorer uncheck: tools/folder options/hide protect operating system files)
that is what i missed! thanks! really great help!!!

in c:\recycle.bin there was 4 recycle bins. could it be the recycle bins from my previous OS?
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11 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

That would be likely to see multiple items. If you simply reinstalled Windows without reformatting the drive those simply were merged into the latest.
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