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Windows 7: SyncToy and recycle bin

21 May 2012   #1

windows 7 Pro x64
SyncToy and recycle bin

Is there a way to keep synctoy from copying the recycle bin when you do a drive to drive echo?

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21 May 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

Not that I am aware of. I use Synctoy also, the one thing you can do is reduce the size of the recycle bin.
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21 May 2012   #3
Tekno Venus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (O.E.M)

Hi and welcome to Seven Forums!
Regarding your query, as far as I know, this is how you do it. It is convoluted but possible.

Right then, before even opening synctoy, there are a few things you need to do.
  1. Open up any folder on your computer
  2. Go to organise -> Folder and search options
  3. Click the view tab
  4. Check show hidden files and folders
  5. Uncheck hide protected operating system files (recommended)
  6. Press OK
Now you're ready to open Synctoy! Ready, lets go
  1. Open synctoy and select the folder pair you want to exclude the recycle bin from
  2. Click the small text link that says Change options
  3. Uncheck the boxes for exclude hidden files and exclude system files if they are checked.
  4. Click select subfolder
  5. Wait for all the folders to appear
  6. Locate C:\$RECYCLE.BIN in the left hand column.
  7. Now uncheck this. This will deselect the recycle bin folder from the sync
  8. Ok -> OK
  9. Run the now updated folder sync
If all has gone well, the recycle bin should not have been synced across to the other drive. To check this, navigate to the $RECYCLE.BIN folder on the other drive. You are also now free to hide hidden files and protected operating system files again if you want to. I recommend it as it stops you making any stupid errors and mucking up a system folder.

I hope this helps to solve the problem and if you have any issues following these steps, feel free to ask.

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21 May 2012   #4

windows 7 Pro x64

Thanks. I don't know why I didn't check out "select subfolder" before.
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21 May 2012   #5
Tekno Venus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (O.E.M)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rwarrick View Post
Thanks. I don't know why I didn't check out "select subfolder" before.
You're most welcome. It feels good when I can help someone.

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