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The icon shows that it's full. I just deleted stuff, so I know that it's full. But when I open it, it doesn't show the deleted items. The only option I have is to restore them or empty them.

Help me out. It's VERY VERY important for me to fix this problem since I use this workstation for my studio purposes.

P.S. It's a Windows 7 Ultimate (x86) machine.

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It doesn't show any items, but there's an option to restore them?! – T.J. Crowder May 25 '10 at 14:59
@T.J. Crowder: Yes, that's exactly correct. There's items in the Recycle Bin, but when opened, you can't see anything. You can, however, click the restore all items button to put everything back. I have the exact same issue (in Win 7 Pro) on one of my systems at home and would love to know a solution to it. – afrazier May 25 '10 at 17:21
No solutions so far. =( – Jasper Jun 5 '10 at 3:06
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Okay, I found a fix. All I had to do was:

  • Open a command prompt with administrator privilege.

  • In the command prompt, type rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin and press Enter. [NOTE: For the other hard drive letters, substitute C: for the other hard drive letter instead. For example: rd /s /q E:\$Recycle.bin]

  • Close command prompt window.

  • Refresh the desktop. [NOTE: The Recycle Bin should be all right by now. If not, then repeat these steps for any other hard drive letter that you have.]

I helped myself. Hope, I helped some of you as well.

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That means that if you have a drive with two partitions, you need to do the same with the other partition.

For instance I dual boot XP and 7. I had to do this for both XP and 7. Then it worked.

Also, you can just delete the folder in the Explorer window, rather than go to a command prompt.

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