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Windows 7: Recycle Bin

23 Dec 2017   #11

Windows 7 Pro

I have no idea what is crazy anymore. A couple of years ago I had this same problem and because of the way my HDD is partitioned, I used EaseUS Partition Master to fix the issue. I have to free space to do it again, but I am not sure I want to. The reason is just a month or so ago my C drive (150gb) was only 60% filled. Now it is full and nothing has installed other than windows updates.

LMiller7 How to I delete what is in the $RECYCLE.BIN folder? How od I even find it?

Megahertz07 I ran Check Disk this morning and it did not find anything wrong.

BTW I am the only user on this pc.

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23 Dec 2017   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

On my systems I leave $RECYCLE.BIN folders alone.

If I need more free space, I look for other ways to get the free space.

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23 Dec 2017   #13

Windows 8.1 x64

You could try changing Recycle Bin's size for trashed files.
Anything exceeding the value you set, will be removed or removed until RB has this much of trash in it.

I've made a test for this in the following way:

RB = Recycle Bin

1) My RB's size (= how much of trash my RB can hold up to) on C drive = 30 GB, but the bin is empty
2) Made 1 GB of trash files consisting of 2 files and trashed them to RB (they reside in the bin now)
3) Changed RB's size for trash from 30 GB down to 100 MB.
4) RB became empty (because it doesn't allow more than 100 MB of trash, and I had 2 files, each 500 MB in it, so they both had fallen into criteria of getting deleted due to this restriction)
5) Since it was a test, I restored my RB's size back to 30GB, for no good reason... I've always been fine with RB being 2 GB large before.. ;D


As the last resort, you could try the link I shared in my earlier post. (guide by Brink)
Though I do agree with people stating that no user should be playing with $RECYCLE.BIN or its insides.
It seems to me that it is hard coded there, it's not even on basic level of being hidden there if you think about it ;D
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