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Windows 7: Solved 7 Pro X64 Recycle bin Corrupt

06 Jan 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro x64
Solved 7 Pro X64 Recycle bin Corrupt

Problem :
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 Window

3. Click on the View tab and check the Show hidden files, folders and drives click
Apply and Ok. *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 issues.

Hope this helps.

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04 Jun 2012   #2

windows ulitmate 64
I fixed it

After locating the Recycle bin on the Drive I changed the status from Read only
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30 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 32bit
Also do this

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by datajams View Post
3. Click on the View tab and check the Show hidden files, folders and drives click
Apply and Ok. *This will display the hidden folder $Recycle.Bin when you click on your C:\ or D:\ drive
I also had to uncheck the "Hide Protected Operating System Files" box. When you do this another screen will pop up saying it could be unsafe because changes to any of these files might stop programs from working - Are you sure you want to display these files? Hit "Yes". You should now see the $recycle.bin file. It is definitely in the C:/ directory.
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24 Nov 2013   #4

windows 7 ultimate x64

To Awindyhill:

I logged into my computer about 5 mins ago and received the message that my e:recycle bin was corrupted.
I found the thread, followed the instructions but it didn't work until i noticed your post. I followed your instructions regarding the os tick box and it worked. Just wanted to say thanks :)
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17 Aug 2015   #5

windows server 2012 R2 Standard

Here is the fix.Tested and works.

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Feb 2017   #6

Windows 8 Single Language x64

Thank you for the fix
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