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Windows 7: Corrupted Recycle Bins

04 Dec 2016   #11

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Confirm that you opened an elevated Elevated Command Prompt: Elevated Command Prompt Tutorial


RD /S /Q C:\$Recycle.bin

Press Enter


RD /S /Q E:\$Recycle.bin

Press Enter


RD /S /Q F:\$Recycle.bin

Press Enter


RD /S /Q X:\$Recycle.bin

Press Enter


RD /S /Q T:\$Recycle.bin

Press Enter


RD /S /Q M:\$Recycle.bin

Press Enter

Then right click desktop and choose "Refresh"

Then reboot.

If that fails check that you are using an account with admin rights. Post a screenshot of:

Start> Run

Type netplwiz

Press Enter.

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04 Dec 2016   #12

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Another method. Note: Not recommended unless you have a system image backup handy that you know how to restore.

Grab a copy of this:

Download PC Hunter - MajorGeeks

It's portable so runs without installation. Your system specs are missing in your profile so run:

PCHunter32.exe for 32bit windows


PCHunter64.exe for 64bit windows

(right click and choose run as administrator)

If you have any security software that prevents the driver from loading configure it to allow.

On the "File" tab navigate to your recycle bins and right click to get the force delete option for each one.
Corrupted Recycle Bins-pc-hunter.jpg
Once deleted close the program, refresh your desktop and schedule a full disk check.

Start> Run then type chkdsk /r /f

exit the window and reboot. The disk check will take some time.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Dec 2016   #13

Windows 7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eric3742 View Post

You cannot just delete any Recycle Bin from any partition.
I reckon that you can. See:

$RECYCLE.BIN folder?

Virus on C:\$Recycle.Bin

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder

Hi @Callender

Please do post in full content as you have mis-understood what i meant.

By just posting on 1 sentence alone, it do not mean anything, as this is most commonly use by journalist.
I hope you are not news journalist by profession.

As stated in your 1st link, you mentioned:
Try right clicking on your "Recycle Bin" desktop icon and you should see something like this:
is in reference to my
Go to the Desktop --> Open the Recycle Bin <-- This is the Master, and proper way to open.
so it is stated.

Anyway, i thanks you for helping the OP on his problem.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Dec 2016   #14

Windows 7 x64

Hi @Kazper

From the screenshot.

For Disk 1, do remove the word Active, as it seem that you have use this HDD as system partition on another computer.

For Disk 2, do remove the word Active.

It is better to stay as "Primary Partition" as like in other HDD(s).

This is to prevent from future error, in the same way that it happened on this matter.

Sorry not able to reply as i was unable to.

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