EDIT: Solved by restarting computer (cue rolling eyes)- it's strange that it worked the second time I did this, but not the first. Ah well, question can be considered closed.
I'm on Windows 10, and this is a new issue that's popped up in the past few days. I have two external hard drive disks - previously, when I deleted files, they would send them to the recycle bin. Now though, they no longer do so, and only ask me if I want to get rid of them permanently, like on a USB stick.This is an issue because if I ever accidentally delete a file, I want to be able to recover it immediately.
This could have to do with the fact that one of my hard drives fell down lightly the other day (though it is strange, because they're otherwise working perfectly fine, and this also affects the one that didn't fall). When I click on the Recycle Bin properties, its only location is my internal C: drive - I assume it's supposed to have the other drives as well? Is there a way to add them back? I've tried unplugging and plugging them back in, to no avail.
As I understand it, each external HDD has a specific hidden "recycle bin" that is linked to the desktop recycle bin. Both of them still had these, though I deleted one, to see if that changed anything, because I thought I read that if I unplugged and plugged the HDD back in it would recreate it (which, uh, it didn't).
I tried chkdsk and scannow on one of the drives, but not both of them. Since both are exhibiting the same behavior, I'm mostly making tests on the one containing less data.
So now I'm kinda stumped. I have no idea if there's a way to fix this, and searching online gave me no real clue - most posts are about deleting the external HDD recycle bins, which obviously is not what I want.
I'm not sure if there's a way to check if the drives are fixed or removable - in Disk Management, nothing really seems to have changed, although oddly enough they only show up in the "volume" list above if I change their policies by clicking in the list below from "quick removal" to "better performance" (and vice-versa) - which didn't do anything.