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Corrupt Recycle Bin On External Drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by leem, May 15, 2003.

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  1. leem

    leem Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 1999
    I have a corrupt Recycle Bin on an external hard drive (a BUSLink drive) I use for storage (drive designation is L:\ and it works fine except for the Bin malfunctions). Among other things the corrupted Bin prevents me from defragging that drive. I understand if I delete the Recycle Bin from L:\ it will be rebuilt (on reboot?). Can this be done from a command prompt and what should my entry be? Recycle Bin operation on my main drive is fine (partitioned C:\, D:\, and E:\).

    For what it is worth with my external drive turned off under the Desktop Recycle Bin File menu (and the Bin being empty) the words Empty Recycle Bin are grayed out. However if I turn on the external L:\ drive those words are not grayed out though no files are shown in the Bin, and if I select Empty Recycle Bin I then get a message asking if I am sure I want do delete Windows.

    As an alternative plan B if I simply select the Format option from the context menu of that L:\ drive, will L:\ be detected without problem by the system when I boot? In other words is this step in essence much like formatting a floppy disk? Naturally I would copy the data stored on L:\ to another destination before taking this step.

    Using XP Home with 512MB Ram
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