The Recycle Bin in Windows is a place for deleted files, from where they can be restored or permanently deleted

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Is it safe to manually manipulate contents of $RECYCLE.BIN

I was wondering if anybody knows whether it is safe to manually delete or move files found in LETTER:\$RECYCLE.BIN folders? If a file is placed into the recycle bin and then I manually move it from ...
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How to restore files from the Recycle Bin when the account owning those files is inaccessible?

When I was deleting some temporary files in AppData\Local\Temp in an administrator account, I deleted some important profile files. So now when I log in to that account Windows 7 creates a temporary ...
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Why are “ghost files” accumulating in my Recycle Bin? (Detected via SequoiaView)

Over the past several months my available Hard Drive space has seemed to gradually decrease faster than my actual usage. I finally noticed in SequoiaView that "ghosts" of many of the files that I had ...
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How big is the Windows Recycle Bin?

I was deleting old files and folders and got this: So I thought to myself, how big is the Recycle Bin?
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How to undo more than just one single action in Windows shell?

Is it by any chance possible to undo more than just a single action in Windows? Here's a very simple example of what I mean. I have created following two text files on the Desktop. New Text ...
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Batch script move files from Windows Recycle Bin

Is there a way to move files from the Windows Recycle Bin to another folder using a batch script? Background: I have a folder named C:\Temp on my computer. I clear this folder every week using a ...
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Options For Deleting A Folder, Which Won't Seem to Delete? [duplicate]

I'm trying to delete a folder unsuccessfully. When I try to delete it or move it to the Recycle Bin, the following message appears: As far as I can tell, it is not open in another program or ...
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How to get back or restore deleted data from recycle bin? [duplicate]

Basically I have deleted all the data which had tons of documents and now I want to get those data back. I use Windows 7 ultimate (fake version) - used backup, restore data files through control panel ...
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Why is the Windows 8 recycle bin using more space than it is allocated?

I ran WinDirStat to scan the contents of my hard drive. I was surprised to see that the $RECYCLE.BIN folder on my D: drive takes 26 GB of space. I emptied the recycle bin, refreshed the folder in ...
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Does a program/tool exists where you can control if the recycle bin appears filled?

I throw a lot of Shortcuts in the recycle bin and I don't want it to appear filled just because some shortcuts which occupy virtually no space on my hard disk. So, is there a program or tool where you ...
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Windows - Can't delete folder from Recycle Bin and it won't restore

Chain of events: Empty Recycle Bin silently fails. Tried it repeatedly. Selected ranges of items in Recycle Bin and deleted them (some didn't work), narrowing down until only one item was left: a ...
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Recover recycle bin data when deleted data exceeds the bin capacity [closed]

My recycle bin was empty. I deleted the 6 GB of data but when I restoring it I get only 4 Gb. How can I recover the 2 GB ??
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what is the path of the recycle bin directory?

I dragged a file to the recycle bin a few days ago. I have Windows 7 premium on a 245 GB partition, a 240 GB SSD, and a 250 SSD. And somewhere in the past few days I incidentally installed Delta ...
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Why deleting a file in windows re-spin / wake up / power up all the hard drives?

If I delete a file on HD 1, and HD 2 is sleeping (power down), windows spins it up for some reason. I'm using the regular recyle bin. Turning off the recycle bin for all partitions on HD 2 won't help ...
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Some files not appearing in recycle bin

Today I had something very strange happen. I have an Access database which is split into the UI in one file and the data in the other. I had a new version of the UI, so as usual I selected the old ...
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Limit to number of files in the Recycle Bin?

A couple of weeks ago I was carefully deleting an old backup of my data drive. I did a duplicate-file check between the old backup and the live copy and deleted the old copies to the Recycle Bin. It ...
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Does windows7 log the files I've recycled?

Over the past week or so I've recycled and then deleted a lot of photos. I realize now that I would like to know the number of photos I've deleted. Is there any way to do this? Is there a log file ...
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Recycle Bin not showing any items [duplicate]

I have deleted multiple files from my system. The Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop is also showing full but when I am exploring the Recycle Bin it is not displaying any items in it. I am using ...
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Scheduling The Recycle Bin To Empty Itself?

Quite often I forget or neglect the Recycle Bin and the amount of debris that is disposed within it. Whilst I don't feel it to be critical, I would like to know what options exist that maybe ...
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Prevent permanent deletion of files in Windows XP

First, I'm running Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3. Is there any way to disable the permanent delete? Normally, deleted files go to the Recycle Bin. Can I disable the bypass-recycle-bin-delete ...
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Move files to directory instead of recycle bin

I want all deleted files (with DEL-key or context menu > delete) not to be moved to the Recycle Bin but to another directory (like "Deleted Files" for instance), thus changing the default behavior of ...
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Change Recycling Bin Location

I have a SSD as a primary hard drive, and one HDD for storage. I want the recycling bin to be on the HDD. I want is so that even if I delete files from the SSD the end up on the HDD's recycling bin. ...
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Recycle Bin acquires thousands of files

I am using a stand-alone PC desktop computer with Win 7. When computer slows down, I find that the recycle bin has thousands of files. Most recently, 18,200+ files. I empty it. Most files are .gif - ...
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Kingston USB files keep disappearing

Ive been reorganising my files on my Kingston USB and the files keep disappearing before my eyes, I have checked the recycle bin and there is no sign of them there, Ive checked the Cdrive on my ...
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Why is deleting files to recycle bin so much slower than when using Shift+Del with Total Commander?

When deleting a large directory with Shift+Del (no Recycle Bin), it happens an order of magnitude faster. Why is deleting to Recycle Bin so much slower on Windows? I'm on Windows 7. Edit: Just ...
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User RECYCLER folders have thousands of hidden files

We have a "Users" folder that is the root of all user files and network profiles. Using a directory size utility (WinDirStat), I stumbled upon a strange and worrisome problem - thousands of files ...
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Enable Recycle Bin Prompt in Windows 8 via Registry key

I need to enable the Recycle Bin Prompt via Regedit. I've tried to monitor the registry changes when enabling/disabling the recycle bin prompt but any value change found with Regshot (too strange ...
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Server 2008 $Recycle.Bin has folders for non RDS users. How did that happen?

While pruning the $Recycle.bin folder on a Server 2008 system, I found that there were two folders for domain users that don't have remote desktop privilege to that server. This puzzles me as to how ...
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Remove Pin to Start Option on Just Desktop Recycle Bin in Windows 8

I keep accidentally hitting the "Pin to Start" option when I go to empty the Recycle Bin. Is there some registry key I can use to just remove that specific option from the context menu?
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How can the recycle bin hold multiple files with the same name? [duplicate]

Under Windows if I create a file and delete it, than recreate the exact copy of the file in the same place and delete it too, than I will have 2 identical files in the recycle bin with the same name. ...
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deleted Win7 files do not show up in recycle bin

On Windows 7, I do not see files that I delete from the local computer in the Recycle bin. The problem occurs all the time in an otherwise healthy computer. The funny part is that if I have the RECBIN ...
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How to delete $RECYCLE.BIN folder on external hard disk?

I have a $RECYCLE.BIN folder on my external hard disk that takes up space and contains files that should be deleted permanently. I know that I am allowed to delete this folder, but how do I do that? ...
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How do I add additional locations to the Windows 7 Recycle Bin Properties?

I have set up a home network with a small file server running Samba. I read on a forum post that by re-mapping a user folder on Windows 7 to a network drive, a reference to that drive will be added ...
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Windows XP - hidden Recycle Bin folders issue

I scanned my hard drive with a disk space analyzing program and I noticed that I have hidden Recycle Bin folders on the "D" and "E" drives which are not empty. One is 4gb, the other 6gb. I can't empty ...
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Which folder is recycle bin in on Win7? How to check files there?

I was using another account before. Let me call it account A. And I deleted a lot of files to the Recycycle Bin at that time. But before I removed account A I forgot to empty the Recycle Bin. My ...
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How to change Recycle Bin settings from the command prompt?

Is it possible to change Recycle Bin settings from the command prompt or using VBScript? Specifically, I want to: Select the "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin, Remove files immediately when ...
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How does the Recyle bin work? [duplicate]

I have been thinking about this lately and I was just wondering "how does the recycle bin work?" I mean, when I delete something, does the computer fully compress it and then store the file ...
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Recycle Bin does not work or is corrupt

My Recycle Bin icon is on the Desktop but when opened it has none of the normal Recycle Bin functions (e.g. "Empty Recycle Bin") there is just "Organise". Here is some more info: If I delete ...
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Trash missing from Vista desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Help me get my Recycle Bin back! Somehow I deleted my trash icon from Vista, how do I get it back?
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Is there any way to 'preview' an item in the Recycle Bin?

I often want to see files (usually code or other plain-text files) I've deleted so I know whether I want to restore them or not, the issue is you cannot see contents of recycled files unless you ...
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Window 7 is Not Using the Recycle Bin for Disks Mounted Using a Junction

I have a data volume which is mounted into C:\Data using a junction, and the drive has no letter mapping. When I delete a file from this drive, it gives me the delete permanently confirmation and does ...
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How can I move recycle bin from desktop into taskbar?

How can I remove the recycle bin icon from the desktop and move it into the taskbar? It's really annoying to have this one icon in desktop -- I'd much rather have it on the taskbar.
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Folder refuses to be moved to Recycle Bin under Windows 7

I have a folder with files for the project I work with. I move it from my desktop to laptop and back, almost every day, depending on which machine I use it on at the time. The process of the move is ...
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How to view the contents of folders inside the Recycle Bin on Windows 7?

I deleted some directories using the recycle bin and now I would like to review the contents before deleting them forever. I can only see the folder names, not their content. A right click on ...
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Is there a way to view Windows recycle bin information from Linux?

I have several Windows hard drives with various files in their respective recycling bin directories: '$RECYCLE.BIN' Is there a way to view information about these files to tell if they are no longer ...
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Windows 7 Recycle Bin sort by Date Modified

In the Recycle Bin, I sorted by 'Date Modified', but the result is not in the proper order. It was neither ascending nor descending. Other sorts (by Date deleted, size, item type) all work well. Does ...
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Internal drive does not appear in the Recycle Bin Properties

Windows 2003 Server, 2GB internal NTFS drive. It's not showing on the recycle bin properties. How do I fix this?
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Mysterious folder next to the Recycle Bin

It's only at the system's volumine. Although I'm logged as an administrator, I cannot open this! The shown exception isn't so self-explanatory, as you've probably noticed. What's the purpose of this ...
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Recovering files that do not appear in the Recycle Bin, but are in the $Recycle.bin folder on external drive

Problem: 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, ...
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Find restored files from recycle bin in windows 7

My aunt restored 2 deleted files from the recycle bin but she claimed she couldn't find them in the original location from which they were deleted. She couldn't quite recall the names of the files ...