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Recycle Bin shows something in it, but when opened, nothing shows there, but....?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by joeAgain------, Jul 23, 2006.

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  1. joeAgain------

    joeAgain------ Thread Starter

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    When I chose to Empty Recycle Bin, 2 popups appear on my screen. One(normal popup) asks if I want to delete the 2 items in it (but again when I open bin, it is empty!?)

    When I click "Yes" to that question, the 2nd popup comes up say, "Can not delete Dd5: Access is denied".

    What the heck do I have to do to empty my recycle bin of those unknown entities? And have the icon show it as empty again.
     
  2. Augie65

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    For NTFS file system.

    Start> Run> type: cmd then hit OK.
    At command prompt, type:

    rd /s c:\recycler then hit Enter.
    This assumes c: is your root drive

    Confirm the prompt to delete the folder and all its sub folders.
    Reboot and save a file to the bin and check it out.
     
  3. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned

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    Hey Augie. I have the same problem with a machine running 98. Is there a similar routine to use with it?
     
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    try using system restore.
     
  5. ozrom1e

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    Let's find out if the computer is infected.

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  6. Augie65

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    bicycle bill,
    For windows 98 try this:
    Restart the computer and then press and hold the ctrl key to access the Windows options menu. Choose Command prompt and at the c: prompt enter:
    deltree c:\recycled then hit Enter
    accept the prompt to delete, exit and reboot the computer.
    See if the recycle bin works now.
     
  7. bicycle bill

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    THe bin works ok now. Thank you Augie for the fix. I have had a fool ghost file for a long time. Could not find it anywhere on the PC but was told it could not be deleted.
     
  8. Augie65

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    You are welcome. :) Glad you got it fixed.
     
  9. joeAgain------

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    Sorry to take so long getting back to all you kind helpful people.

    But my "problem" seems to have been fixed in deleted the mystery files that showed ito exist in the recycle bin icom, but not when I opened it to see what they were...by my repeated use of a free program I use to "clean" my computrer every time I shut it down for the last few nights.

    It's called "System Security Suite 1.04".
    It took care of those lingering mystery files after a few evenings of shutting the systen down.

    Thanks for all the suggestions, I hope the other posts and solutions helped others.

    I originally got the free utility from a good friend in Swegen at:

    http://www.igorshpak.net/

    thank you all
     
  10. JohnWill

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    One reason that ghost files show up in the recycle bin is removable drives. If there are files in their recycle bin, then you disconnect them, you'll get the ghost until you reboot or you connect the drive and empty the recycle bin.
     
  11. joeAgain------

    joeAgain------ Thread Starter

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    Thanks JohnWill,
    I do have an external HD, but didn't remember deleting anything on it(I might have though).

    And I'm using it as only a "storage drive". There are no programs, or any OS on it....how/where would it's recycle bin be found, so I could clear/empty it. I don't ever remember seeing one for it...only the many, many files that I store there.

    Where is it?
     
  12. JohnWill

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    You just connect it up, and then use the recycle bin on the desktop to empty it. They're all slaved to that function. :)
     
  13. joeAgain------

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    that makes sense...I knew the other onboard hard drives OS were, but not the external HD.

    OK, thank you. I'll try that when it happens again.
    (I though I had some malware or pesky trojan lurking that wouldn't let me get rid of them.)

    Thanks, friend
     
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