recycle bin is broken

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lycky

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i had this problem for weeks but never paid it much attention since i dont delete much files but i accidentaly deleted a big file but the recycle bin doesn't work
its always empty and when i try to check the recycle bin list CMD>cd\>enter>recycled it keeps saying not specified and im begining to think that files dont go through the recycle bin when deleted
i dont know if its corrupted but i really need help
 
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In Windows explorer go to Tools > Folder Options > View tab, check 'Show hidden files and folders' and uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files'.

Go to C:\RECYCLER and it's subdirectory and you'll see the files in the recycle bin.

You can right-click on a file to restore or delete to delete permanently.
 

lycky

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still empty even if i delete something the file wont go to recycle or doesnt show there
 
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Go to C:\RECYCLER and right-click on S-1-5-21-XXX and select properties > global tab.

Make sure there is not a check in the box 'Do not move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted'.
 
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Hi stantley,

I have the same problem and did what you suggested and still nothing in the folders in
C:\RECYCLER there
S-1-5-21-670xxxx and
S-1-5-21-1004xxxx
In both the Do not remove files to the Recycle Bin Box is unchecked
 
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Open a command prompt, at the prompt type:
rd /s c:\recycler and hit Enter.
(This is if your file system is NTFS)
Then reboot.
If your file system is FAT32, type:
rd /s c:\recycled
 
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When doing that I get the following message:
Windows cannot find 'rd.Make sure you typed the name correctly , and then try again.
 
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Are you in command prompt?
Start> Run> type: CMD and hit OK.
Then enter the command at the prompt
>_
 
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Now I get the following:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CMD.exe
Microsoft Windows XP [Version5.1.2600]
C:\Documents and Setttings\Bob>rd /s c:\recycled
c:\recycled, Are you sure (y/N)? y
The system cannot find the file specified
also tried
C:\Documents and Setttings\Bob>rd /s c:\recycler
same result
 
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Try this regedit from kellys-korner.
Go to line #64 on the right
Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP
Instructions to use the regedits at top of web page.
 
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