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Can't remove some items from my recycle bin

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by IanMarcias, Dec 30, 2005.

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  1. IanMarcias

    IanMarcias Thread Starter

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    Weird problem... I have some items that just can't be removed from my recycle bin. I always get a pop saying that cannot delete because it's being used by another program. Even when there's no programs running (except for the ones in the background).

    Now I have an idea of why this is happening but i need some more assistance to finally ridding the problem. The problem only happens when i delete a file that's on my external hard drive. Also... i should add... that this problem only happens to files that i delete from the OPEN or SAVE AS windows rather than deleting from the file folder itself. For example if I were to go to a folder in my external hard drive and delete a file that way it's not a problem to empty it from the recycle bin... but if I was saving a file or opening a file from an app and I delete it from that dialog box those are the files that just can't seem to be remove from the recycle bin.

    I know it's due to my external drive because when I turned it off the files are not in the recycle bin anymore. Now i tried using the Task Manager to turn off all processes dealing with my external hard drive but I still can't remove those files from the recycle bin; unless there are other files that i need to stop the process of.

    Any suggestions? Oh yeah... I have a Maxtor 200GB external hard drive (if that is any help).
     
  2. Noyb

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    I would think that if any process was attached to the file - you wouldn't be able to delete the file in the first place.
    Have you tried to clean it in the safe mode ??

    Sometimes - I have something that looks like it's stuck in my recycle bin, but not under the conditions you described.
    When this happens - I run CCleaner .... http://www.ccleaner.com/ccdownload.asp ... and tell it to clean the recycle bin.
     
  3. IanMarcias

    IanMarcias Thread Starter

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    I tried it in safe mode but when I was in safe mode there was nothing in the recycle bin. I think when in safe mode you can't view the files that are in the external hard drive... i'm not sure... but i did try it in safe mode. I'll try the the CCleaner and let you know how it works out.
     
  4. IanMarcias

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    Problem solved... CCleaner worked like a charm... THANX!!!!
     
  5. Noyb

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    I'm thinking, that when this happens -
    There is really nothing in the recycle bin - it just doesn't know it's empty and doesn't put the flag down.

    Anyway - I run Ccleaner several times day - usually after I get off the net and always just before scanning for malware.
     
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