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Windows 7: Recycle Bin does not display files deleted from NTFS drives

05 Jul 2013   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium - 64 bit

Fixed, but not resolved.

Let me explain. I succeeded in getting the hidden deleted files to appear in the recycle bin. Connecting the External Lacie Minimus drive "L:" no longer causes the deleted files to be masked and hidden from the recycle bin.

What did it?
The Lacie Minimus drive came partitioned to include a volume called “Lacie Setup”. I assigned to it the drive letter “K:”. That FAT32 532MB drive was virtually fully used up. When explorer was set to view hidden files, a set of files with names commencing with a “._” (period-underscore) became visible. These types of hidden files are indicative of the drive having been previously mounted to a MacOSX system. I deleted these files, and the content of the recycle bin reappeared. Why? I have no idea. These hidden files occupied the 24kb of free space. and this possibly interfered with the mechanisms of the recycle bin.

Other possible actions that fixed the recycle bin problem.
  • I shrunk the NTFS volume on the Lacie Minimus creating unallocated space
  • I formatted the unallocated space as an exFAT volume. At this point the content of the recycle bin appeared. I had deleted the “*_” starting hidden files in the “lacie setup” drive at the same time.
  • I deleted the exFAT volume again, leaving the space unallocated. The content of the recycle bin did NOT disappear.

Based on the observation that the content of the recycle bin NOT disappearing after the deletion of the exFAT volume, I am crediting the deletion of the “*_” starting hidden files with fixing the problem, though I have no idea how these two aspects of the system are linked.

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06 Jul 2013   #12
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Glad you got it sorted. We'll just blame Apple

A Guy
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