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

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The significance of the hidden $RECYCLE.BIN folder of drives in Vista

I notice this directory in both my internal and external HDs that I use in Vista. Is this linked to the Recycle Bin functionality of windows? Will windows still operate properly if I deleted it? ...
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How do I get Windows 7 to NOT use the recycling Bin on a removable drive?

How do I get Windows 7 to NOT use the recycling Bin on a removable drive? I've already told Windows to not use the function on that drive but Windows still creates the "Recycling Bin" folder. It stays ...
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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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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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Windows XP Delete File Option

When I go to delete files in XP, it's deleting them directly. I had my machine recently reimaged, and this feature changed (no longer says are you sure you want to do this). Where does the ...
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Empty recycle bin on E: drive

I'm trying to free up some space on the E: drive of a particular machine. In WinDirStat, I see $RECYCLE.BIN there is taking up 10+ GB, so I'd like to empty it. Seems simple enough! I can't seem to ...
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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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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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Drives do not show up in Recycle Bin properties window, and $RECYCLE.BIN folder is NOT created, so I cannot allocate recycle bin space on them

This problem occurs on five computers in my office, spans three different PC models, and it suddenly occurred after using the computers without issue for about two years. All are in the same domain, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Setting Windows 7's Recycle Bin to automatically have a default disk space allocation for deleted files from newly mounted drives

How do I set Windows 7's Recycle Bin to automatically have a default disk space allocation for deleted files from external hard drives and TrueCrypt-mounted volumes? I remember in Windows XP, I can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why are two files reported in RECYCLER when recycle bin is empty?

I have emptied the Recycle Bin. However, when I right-click on the RECYCLER folder on drive C and select Properties, it says "Contains 2 files, 1 folders". I see a folder in there with a random ...
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Cannot find file and folder $RECYCLE.BIN in windows 7

I have recovered a deleted file Episode2.wmv. In recovery software it was showing it in folder $RECYCLE.BIN\SOME-STRANGE-LONG-FOLDER-NAME\Episode2.wmv. I recovered it on root c:\ but I am unable to ...
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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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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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Why does an external USB HDD have a working Recycle Bin?

I have just purchased a Buffalo MiniStation 500GB, USB 2.0 Portable HDD. I am using it on Windows XP Home SP3. The drive came pre-formatted with FAT32. I notice that when I delete files, it asks me ...
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Automatically deleting old files from recycling bin while keeping the new ones?

I want an explorer add-on which will delete old files from recycling bin after a time period. For example, I want to set the time limit to 30 days. When I delete a file in Windows, the software will ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I attach file from the Recycle Bin?

I was giving a lecture to some students, and they asked about why you are unable to attach a file from the Recycle Bin to an email using Gmail, Yahoo!!, Outlook, etc. I am using Windows 7, and try to ...
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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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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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Windows 7: How to display the total size of Recycle Bin

On Windows XP, the total size of Recycle Bin could be seen easily, but I can't see it on Windows 7. Why did Microsoft hide/remove this feature? Am I missing something? REMARK 1: I don't need to see ...
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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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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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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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Password Protect Recycle Bin

Is there any way to password protect my Recycle Bin so that whatever I delete no body can restore it except me. or any other method (using a Software) by which I can protect my Recycle Bin.
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Open items in recycle bin without restoring

I just noticed that I can open folders from the recycle bin without restoring them. I have the qttabbar extension that adds tabs to the standard windows explorer and I accidentally middle-clicked a ...
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Empty Recycle Bin error “Cannot Delete Dc12: Access denied.”

The Dc number can vary. The error is a sporadic, but when it happens it prevents the contents of the recycle bin from being deleted. It can also occur when the recycle bin appears to be empty, yet it ...
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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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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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What is the command line way of sending files to the recycle bin?

Is there a command line program that can send files to the recycle bin? This is on XP and Vista.
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How can I get to the recycle bin without the desktop icon in windows 7?

I hate having anything on my desktop. I usually remove all the icons from the desktop, even the recycle bin. Occasionally I need to access the recycle bin, but having to re-enable the icon just to ...
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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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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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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 ...