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 sure that the setting of the Recycle Bin is not "Remove files immediately when deleted".

Then, I checked that, deleting files work fine in other drives, but only C: does not work. Besides that, C:\$RECYCLE.BIN is missing, but D: and E: have the $RECYCLE.BIN. I think that is why there is no problem other drives to use Recycle Bin.

Please help.

  • Try making the $RECYCLE.BIN again. :) idk – Vervious Mar 16 '11 at 5:44
  • Tried, not work. The folder does not work as real Recycle Bin, no function at all. – Allen Mar 16 '11 at 6:09
  • Check to make sure the custom size of the recycle bin is large enough and display confirmation is checked under the recycle bin properties – Riguez Mar 16 '11 at 6:42
  • I checked. The size of my C: drive Recycle Bin setting is 8422MB – Allen Mar 16 '11 at 6:57
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    I would disable and re-enable the Recycle Bin. If that doesn't work, it's possible you have a group policy that is forcing the behaviour you describe (though I'd expect it not to have any Recycle Bin settings at all). – user3463 Mar 16 '11 at 7:20
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In this thread, one person "fixed" his recycle bin problem by this funny way :

Ok, what I've done (accidentally, I was working on something else) is booting the computer in safe mode and deleting something. Somehow the recycle bin repaired itself.

Just make sure first in Properties of the recycle bin that enough disk space is allocated for the C drive.

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    Thank you. This is the solution, enter in safe mode, delete any file, the Recycle Bin appeared. – Allen Mar 16 '11 at 7:53
  • I still don't like the fact that this solution did work. It probably means that some product you have installed has blocked the normal functions of Windows. – harrymc Mar 16 '11 at 8:39
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    Definitely sounds suspicious, unless perhaps this is a case of corporate policy junkware. – Rafael Rivera Mar 16 '11 at 9:25
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    @Rafael Rivera: A very plausible explanation. – harrymc Mar 16 '11 at 9:32
  • I expect that corporate IT could have helped or informed him if it was corporate policy junkware. (Also, WTF only on the C volume and not on the others) – Hennes Oct 14 '13 at 15:07

Assuming your recycle bin is configured properly, it sounds like you're running into normal behavior. (It's not clear, because you don't indicate what you're deleting.) Be aware, as per KB320031, the following deletion actions do not send files to the Recycle Bin, whether or not the Recycle Bin is active:

  • Deletions from removable disks (CD-RWs, floppy disks, Zip drives, and other removable disks).
  • Deletions from remote shares.
  • Deletions from compressed (zipped) folders.
  • Deletions at the command line.
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    I was deleting files using Windows Explorer, without pressing SHIFT key, just press delete key, even tried with right-click then delete. And also, the files deleted are any files: shortcut files, text files, folders, etc. All of them do not go into Recycle Bin. – Allen Mar 16 '11 at 7:27

If a file is located on a networked drive and it will be permanently deleted because there is no recycle bin for network drives. If you delete the same file from a Library, it will go to the recycling bin on the same drive.

  • It was not related to the networked drive. – Allen Feb 6 '14 at 7:01

Right click recycle bin. Select "Properties". In Settings for selected location you can choose between: 1-The storage size of the recycle bin. -or select- 2-"Don't move files to recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted".

The recycle bin is a tool to make sure you don't accidentally delete what you need for whatever...So you can select to display a deletion confirmation dialog if you tend to fudge things up sometimes like so many people do, like I do.

if you find the solution for this type of problem then login in system by administrator account and re-configure the existing currupted profile like permanently delete file from your current login ID.

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    You would need to clarify what you mean and provide more details for this answer to be useful, particularly for "re-configure the existing currupted profile". – Anthony Geoghegan Jan 13 '16 at 12:35

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