I have formatted my system. Since then, I am getting this warning:

The Recycle Bin on E:\ is corrupted.Do you want to empty the Recycle Bin for this device?

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The drive in the picture is an external hard disk, and I am afraid to press yes as this might delete my whole data.

How to get rid of this irritating warning w/o loosing data.


If you no longer need the content of Recycle bin, close that window, start a command prompt with administrator privileges and type

del "C:\$Recycle.Bin\*.*" /s /f /q /a

Then run a scandisk utility to repair any problems.


Your fear is irrational.

Click "Yes". I have done this myriads of times. You risk losing your recycling functionality if you don't.

Then, proceed to delete all vestiges of $Recycle.Bin folder from your external hard drive.

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