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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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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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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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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How to fix Windows 7 always delete file permanently

I am using a laptop from my company, installed with Windows 7. I found that I cannot delete the files to Recycle Bin. The files will always deleted permanently without going to the Recycle Bin. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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How to quickly empty a very full recycle bin?

I have deleted about half a million files from a folder, and didn't think to press Shift in order to delete them completely straight away. Now they're clogging my recycle bin, and Windows claims it ...
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What are the $Recycle.bin folders and their contents on each HDD despite the recycle bin being empty?

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 ...
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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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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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How to open the Recycle Bin from the Windows command line?

How do I open the Recycle Bin from the command line? I'd be very glad if there is a built-in Windows command.
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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 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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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 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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Enable Recycle Bin Prompt in Windows 8 via Registry key?

Scenario I'm using Windows 8. By default, the behavior of a file deletion is that it does not confirm the deletion with a Recycle Bin** Prompt, I mean that when the user press the del key, the ...
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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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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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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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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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Deleting a file in Windows 7 skips the recycle bin and is deleted permanantly

When I delete a file, it bypasses the recycle bin and is deleted permanantly. I've made sure the recycle bin's "Don't move files to the recycle bin" option is unchecked and it has a maximum size of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I stop $RECYCLE.BIN from being created (or hide it) on network drives/folders?

I have a Windows 7 desktop which has 3 drive mappings to CIFS shares on a FreeBSD home server. There are also special folders (Desktop, etc) stored on the CIFS shares. Each of these (including the ...
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What happens when Recycle Bin uses up its allocated space?

My machine is set to store Recycle Bin for 1GB, what happens when the Recycle Bin fills its space? Does Windows notify you that it's full, or does it just automatically delete some files?
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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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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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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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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 ...