I have an NTFS external drive with a
$Recycle.bin folder on the root (
E:\$Recycle.bin) that has about 70Gb worth of data. For whatever reason, the folder is no longer a hidden system folder, and no Windows machine I have used the drive on will show the files in the actual Recycle Bin.
What I Want To Do: I want to at least view the Recycle Bin files from this external drive. All of the help articles I have read just talk about deleting the folder altogether. I plan on reformatting the drive, but first I need to see if there are any important deleted files.
What Didn't Work:
- Recuva - didn't see any of my files
- Resetting the external drive's Recycle Bin via command prompt and moving the old
$Recycle.binfiles into the new external
$Recycle.binfolder (I didn't read this anywhere, just made it up on my own)