I'm looking for a simple Batch which clears all files/folders in my Recycler on Volume C: and under Windows 7 x64.

DEL C:\Recycler\*.*

I thought this is a good try, but no success.

The way over cleanmgr /sagerun:1 is NOT what i'm looking for. (already posted here)

Empty recycling bin from command line

(If nothing helps I'll try delage32)

  • Don't see why recycler would work -- the recycle bin has not been a "Recycler" folder on the drive since the Win9x days. – Billy ONeal Sep 22 '10 at 20:34
  • @Billy: Yes it has, it's just that now, it's a System + Hidden folder, plus in Windows Vista/7 it's been changed to being called $Recycle.Bin. – Hello71 Sep 22 '10 at 20:50
  • There are several utilities out there that do this. Are you open to downloading one of these and running it from your batch file? – Beaner Sep 22 '10 at 21:07

I use rmdir /q /s C:\Recycler on Windows XP, and a similar one for Windows 7 with $Recycle.Bin. In the latter, you must be running as Administrator.


I don't believe you actually can limit this to a specific drive. The recycle bin itself is not provided as a part of the system itself; rather it is provided as a convenience by the Shell. At least as far as I am aware, it is drive/device agnostic.

You can use NirCmd with the command nircmd emptybin to empty the recycle bin, but emptying the recycle bin does so on all drives.

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