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11-Jun-2012, 11:18 AM #1
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I have two drives on my laptop: C, 60gb and D, 400gb. C is completely full and D is virtually empty. I understand that the recycle bin resides on C but Windows does not allow me to empty it (the command is 'greyed' out, i.e. disabled). I have studied many such complaints on your site and elsewhere but my experience does not seem to align with that of others and the 'cures' do not work. I have several hundred photos stored, presumably on C, so I don't understand why they are not stored on D where there is plenty of room. This problem came to light when I tried to download Windows 7 Service Pack 1. I have performed a Disk Cleanup, and also a Run System File Checker (SFC) scan which produced the response 'Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations', which unfortunately means nothing to me. I should be grateful for your help here. Many thanks.

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11-Jun-2012, 11:46 AM #2
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but Windows does not allow me to empty it (the command is 'greyed' out, i.e. disabled)
That is with the Recycle Bin open and files/folders in it? Is Disk Cleanup able to empty the Recycle Bin?

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I have several hundred photos stored, presumably on C, so I don't understand why they are not stored on D where there is plenty of room.
Without more information I assume that they are on "C" because that is where you chose to store them. Please explain what you have done to try to get them saved on "D" instead. What do you have on "D"?

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Some people have no clue what information to include in the Computer specs part of their profile on in a post requesting help so it is suggested to download and run TSG SysInfo and copy the results to Computer specs (or a post if applicable). That information is probably not needed for this thread.
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12-Jun-2012, 11:01 AM #3
Thank you for your prompt reply. Re your first query, it is not clear to me how to open the recycle bin and see what's in it. Can you tell me how to do this? I did run Disk Cleanup but I couldn't determine if it had any effect.

Concerning the photos, I didn't know I had a choice of location for them. I assumed the computer would put them where there was room. I have looked (I think) at the contents of C and D but could not see any folder that suggested photos. I haven't saved any photos recently but I will look for a choice of position when I do.
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12-Jun-2012, 12:15 PM #4
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it is not clear to me how to open the recycle bin
Double click on its icon.

You can, of course, save any file pretty much anywhere you desire, but the most common place for photos to be saved is in the 'My Pictures' folder, which by default in Windows 7 is included in the 'Pictures' library.
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14-Jun-2012, 06:30 PM #5
I have clicked (and double-clicked) on the icon many times but I am not offered a screen that makes sense. Please can you tell me what I should see and what I should do next. Thank you. By the way, I note that I seem to be registered as an intermediate user. I thought I registered as a beginner and after only two years on the 'net that is what I am.
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14-Jun-2012, 06:43 PM #6
First attachment is my Recycle Bin with a folder and file. Second attachment is my empty Recycle Bin (after I clicked on "Empty the Recycle Bin."
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15-Jun-2012, 09:55 AM #7
Thanks for that, but when I d-click the r-bin icon I get a similar screen as you show except that I am not offered Recycle Bin adjacent to Organize. Consequently I have nowhere to go.
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15-Jun-2012, 11:38 AM #8
If you right click on any of the items in the Bin can you then select "delete permanently" (may not be the exact words)?
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15-Jun-2012, 02:39 PM #9
For Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Computer, etc I am offered >delete> only (among other commands). For Desktop, Downloads, Recent Places, for example, the nearest to delete is <remove>. For OS (C and Local Disk (|D neither of these is available.

Thank you for your continuing patience.
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15-Jun-2012, 03:31 PM #10
You seem to be talking about the Navigation pane (which you can see on the left side of my attachments) of any Windows Explorer window. Let's stick with the contents of the Recycle Bin.
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16-Jun-2012, 09:55 AM #11
Where do I find the contents of the recycle bin? At no point in several hours of looking have I found what is in the recycle bin. After double-clicking the right hand side of the screen is blank.
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16-Jun-2012, 10:31 AM #12
If the Recycle Bin is empty it has no contents. Why do you think that it is not empty? Create a junk file or folder (as I did for my earlier attachment), drag it to the Recycle Bin, and then see if it shows in the contents.
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