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Cannot Empty Recycle Bin


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#1 shadcrkd

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 09:39 AM

When I went to empty out my recycle bin, it says dc441.avi is in use and cannot be deleted be cause it is readonly. When I open up the recycle bin though, it is empty. When I go to my C:\ drive I see a recycled folder which is 5GB of deleted stuff...How can I empty it? thanks.

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 09:56 AM

If that is the case, try opening the folder in safe mode and see if you have the option to delete it.

Recycle bin problems can be caused by either malware,
anti-virus or anti-spyware applications conflicting,
system restore abnormalities
and I've also seen & experienced those kinda problems
with multiple disk drives after mis-using them in the way files are moved.

So, basically try safe mode.

I'm cautious about workarounds involving the recycle bin, though.
So observe, and approach it carefully, as in don't try to delete all 5gbs at once if you can.

Recycler Volumes are different, also. They are where the system restore files are.
Best open system restore utility and simply set a new restore point.
Disable it, then enable it. Thats all it takes to wipe out all previous files and start fresh.

You can check to see what space has been allocated for those files, also.
Default setting when winXP is loaded I think is a percentage of total drive space available.
That percentage is too high considering the new BIG hds, imho.

12% of a 120gb drive = 14.4 gbs, enough to store 3 months of full system restore files.

I use 2%.

Seems to me that some windows updates leave files after they install.
Some are on the C:\ as uninstall folders/files.
If ya don't expect to go back after installation and cancel those patches, those uninstall files can be deleted.
Some could be in recycler volumes, too. I think i've seen that.

So make sure of what that 5gbs of recycle (bin?) items is first.

Oh, go to control panel and OPEN IT. Be in "not classic" view.
Choose Administrative Tools and see the left sidebar.
System Restore can be opened here.

Edited by phawgg, 30 December 2005 - 09:59 AM.

patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...




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