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How do I empty the recycle bin of an evternal drive?


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#1 richierein

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:52 AM

How do I empty the recycle bin of an external drive?

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:53 AM

Same as any other - right-click on the recycle bin and empty it.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:30 AM

How do I find it?

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:44 AM

There may not be a recycle bin in the external drive. When you delete something from the drive it gets sent to the recycle bin on your desktop.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:13 AM

The recycle bin on my C: drive had 15 files in it. I deleted over 1000 files from H:

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:00 AM

Check the properties of your recycle bin and see if the external drive is being "protected". If not, you can choose to enable the recycle bin on that drive if you like.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:07 AM

Click Start and in the Search field at the bottom, type: Disk Cleanup. Click the link which appears and then look for the drive letter of the external drive in the menu which appears. If you can't see that, then it means it doesn't have a Recycle Bin. That means that when you delete files on it, they are erased permanently.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:52 AM

Shift+ Del deletes it permanently when you click the file to select it

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