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recycle bin is broken

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by lycky, Oct 29, 2007.

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  1. lycky

    lycky Thread Starter

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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
     
  2. stantley

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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.
     
  3. lycky

    lycky Thread Starter

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    still empty even if i delete something the file wont go to recycle or doesnt show there
     
  4. stantley

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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'.
     
  5. flabob2

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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
     
  6. Augie65

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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
     
  7. flabob2

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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.
     
  8. Augie65

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    Are you in command prompt?
    Start> Run> type: CMD and hit OK.
    Then enter the command at the prompt
    >_
     
  9. flabob2

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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
     
  10. Augie65

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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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