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What are the $Recycle.bin folders and their contents on each HDD despite the Recycle bin being empty?

I can actually Shift+Delete them. What are these, some of them are huge.

This is on Windows Server 2008.

screenshot of Recycle.bin's contents

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What file browser are you using? It looks interesting. – AniDev Jan 13 '11 at 2:03
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They are the recycle bins of other users.

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Ahh that makes a lot of sense; it's what I was thinking actually. – Matt Jan 13 '11 at 0:54
In fact the start of the file name is the SID of the user it belongs to – Scott Chamberlain Sep 20 '13 at 6:03

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