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

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Frequently getting message about corrupt recycle bin

I keep getting the error message the recycle bin on E is corrupt and asks if I would like to delete it. Regardless of what I choose, the error message popsup every 10 or 15 minutes. E: is an external ...
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Recycle Bin storage location [duplicate]

I am interested to know, in which location and format are files stored when we put them in Recycle Bin? And when we delete them, where they go?
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Shift + Del on selected item does nothing, only Del key works

I've noticed that in Explorer (or in Total Commander) combination of Shift + Delete has stopped working for me. It was supposed to delete selected items permanently, but actually nothing happens when ...
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Recycling bin access denied on windows 10

I've used unlocker to remove some files. Now I have issues emptying my bin. I've ran cmd with admin, but am still unable to empty. Rest assured these files are not important. cmd commands: My next ...
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Deleted files do not show up in the Recycle Bin

I was deleting old utorrent files (using Remove and Delete torrent + data). But unlike usual, the deleted files did not show up in the Recycle Bin and my hard drive space did not increase. Now I can't ...
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What determines whether the Windows $Recycle.Bin folder is mixed case or all uppercase?

On Windows, the Recycle Bin folder is typically located right under the device root, e.g. F:\$Recycle.Bin or D:\$RECYCLE.BIN. Windows files systems are generally case-insensitive, so in most cases it ...
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How do I remove the Recycle Bin from the taskbar notification area?

I'm running windows 8, and I suddenly have a recycle bin icon on the right side of the taskbar to the left of the arrow icon in the notification area. How can I get rid of it?
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What happens to files in the Recycle Bin when I delete my account?

There were two accounts on my Windows 7 computer, UserA and UserB. I had files in the Recycle Bin of UserB, then I deleted that account while logged in as UserA. What happened to the files in UserB's ...
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Hotkey for Trash (Recycle) for Windows

Keyboard shortcut Win+E is opening Explorer (My Computer) on Windows. Is there a way to run Trash (Recycle) with a shortcut like Win+E, excepting utilities?
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How do I have more than one Recycle Bin on my desktop?

I use more than one monitor for my computer. I use Windows 7. I would like to be able to place a recycle bin icon on each screen so that when I can only see the desktop on one screen I don't have to ...
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Multiple folders within $Recycle.Bin

I'm cleaning up a friend's Windows 7 SP1 computer and making sure everything is in order. The $Recycle.Bin folder in the root of C:, has not one, but two, folders inside. The names of those folders ...
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$RECYCLE.BIN Directory appeared recently on my hard drives

I just started seeing a $RECYCLE.BIN directory on all my internal and external hard drives. I had made no changes to folder options on Windows Explorer, in fact not configuration changes recently. It ...
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Protect recycle bin from being emptied

I am going away for a few days and although I don't want to prevent my kids from deleting files while I'm gone, I want to prevent them from being able to empty the recycle bin. I want to check what ...
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Users $home folders contain $recycle

This question is very similar to the question asked here but there does not seem to be a final answer and since it is an old post I figured I would start a new discussion with my information to see if ...
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Virtual Boxes, Linux hosts, Windows guests, Shared folders and Recycle bins

Basically what I am looking for is a way for sharing folders between my Debian Jessie host and Windows 7 guest without the fear that I accidentally delete files under Windows and have no (convenient) ...
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Recycle bin Windows

I understand that when I empty the recycle bin, the files are still within the computer, and would be accessible by someone with special knowledge. My question is this: the next time that the recycle ...
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Can't see files after switching PCs

I was using a separate HDD for most of my storage on a Windows 8.1 PC. I was going away so decided to take the HDD with me. I plugged it in another Windows 7 PC and kept adding more files to it. Now ...
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How to locate deleted data from recycle bin in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1?

I'm using Windows 7, but I tested Windows 8.1 with the same results. From what I understand deleted files in recycle bin are stored as $R or $I format, however nothing is visible when I search command ...
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How to disable Windows 7 recycling message

Some months ago, after some Windows patches (I don't know which one caused it), I started getting a recycling pop-up when deleting files. It doesn't happen every single time but it does happen most of ...
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Can't find / open recycle bin in Windows 7

This may sound like a stupid question but I've configured my Desktop to display the Trashcan but I cannot click on it because I've got so many files and folder on my desktop that these flow past the ...
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Deleting a file from Windows 7 Recycle Bin that causes deletion to hang

This is a WMV file that resulted from a failed operation in some video transcoding software a couple years ago. The resulting file did not ever play correctly in video-playing software. I moved the ...
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file path to find folder where files deleted from recycle bin are sitting

Unfortunately my business has to close, which leaves me to sell a number of laptops off. I want to ensure any ex customer information cant be recovered after being deleted from the recycle bin by the ...
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Why can't I delete files? It can only be deleted permanently

So a user has a seemingly very weird problem, but I noticed something that indicates it isn't what I initially thought it was. Most of my users are not experiencing this problem, even though they are ...
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view files recently restored from recycle bin

I had an unsaved .xlsx file and after opening Microsoft Excel, I suddenly chose No to the recover suggestion of Microsoft Excel. I think the name of that file was my_file_name (version 1).xlsx Then ...
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Hidden $RECYCLE.BIN folder taking up 30GB in brand new drive [duplicate]

I've just recently acquired a 1TB disk, and installed it on my computer. It barely has any files on it (specifically, only a 3KB password file), but Windows Explorer says it has 35GB in use. As you ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Samba Recycle Bin Do not working in standart setup - need windows tunning

I have Ubuntu 14.04 File server but Samba Recycle Bin Do not working in standart setup. But working with windows recycle bin tunning!? Can Ubuntu Samba Recycle Bin to operate independently of the ...
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Can Ubuntu Samba Recycle Bin to operate independently of the client windows machine (no settings in them)?

Can Ubuntu Samba Recycle Bin to operate independently of the client windows machine (no settings in them)? Can deleted files restored directly from the Ubuntu Server?
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When data gets deleted from your Recycle Bin, what happens to it?

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but when you "delete" something from your PC all your computer does is write over some of the binary with 0's replacing the 1's. (Or something to that effect) So when ...
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Bypass the $Recycle Bin in CygWin?

I'm using a CygWin session to find a large number of directories at a certain level in the file system tree in a loop, compress each directory into 1 archive, then delete the directory This ...
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How to automatically move contents of Recycle Bin to a directory in my hard drive?

Few months back, I paid a visit to my friend's house. I love deleting things from other people's hard drives. Shift & Delete are two of my favorite keys in the keyboard. To make some space, I ...
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Unable to find files in Recycle.bin but they show up in Transport Tree and taking space on hard drive

We have a Windows Server 2008 (standard, not R2) where we are rapidly losing disk space on the C drive and don't know what is eating it up. We cleared up the C drive and created over 6GB of space, ...
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Can I rename my “Recyle Bin” folder in WinXP?

I want to rename my "Recycle Bin" folder on my Windows XP system so that it's like the "Trash Can" of my Ubuntu's. I cannot find a simple "Rename" command on right-clicking. I might have to head ...
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How to limit access to Recycle Bin?

How can I password protect my Recycle Bin so that no one else besides me can recover the files I've "deleted"?
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All files in Recycle Bin got restored to the desktop on boot; why?

Like the title says. Yesterday I started up my laptop and there it was: the whole desktop, full with old files that I deleted a while ago. This is the second time I've had this problem. The last ...
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Delete files from shared folder

I am trying to safely delete files from a shared folder hosted on the server. However file doesn't move to the recycle bin when deleted because I'm not the owner. How do I force the file to be moved ...
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Why does the recycle bin have a size limit? [closed]

What is the reason we can/should limit the size of the recycle bin in Windows? Why not just make it unlimited, and empty it when you feel like it? (I know we can customize the size, but don't see ...
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What is the data structure used by Recycle bin & hows it implemented [duplicate]

In a Windows file system, we cannot created a folder or file with the same name. For example, New Folder. If there is a existing folder already named as "New Folder" and if we create another folder ...
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Use Explorer for deleting files/folders in Total Commander

Putting ExplorerForCopy=1 in the .ini file instructs Total Commander to use Explorer for copying of files, but is there a similar option to make it use Explorer for deleting files and folders? I need ...
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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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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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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 ...