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Recycling bin will not delete

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#1 kungfuIT


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 02:47 PM

I have a user that has 2 files in their recyling bin that will not delete and I have tried a few things but have almost exhausted all the options I have been able to find so I was hoping to post here and maybe get an answer that resolves this silly problem.  Things I have tried:


Tried deleting the recycling bin, but since the files would not delete I was unsuccessful

Tried deleting the recycling bin in safe mode, same result

Tried taking ownership of the files, but I was refused, even when logged in as administrator

Tried Microsoft's corrupt recycling bin tool, it says it completed but failed to delete the files

Tried restoring the recycling bin in command prompt, no change

Tried restoring the recycling bin in safe mode using command prompt, no change


The 2 files in question were on the DC in a former SBS2k8 domain. Since then the DC has been decommissioned and destroyed.  The new domain is a 2k12 domain.  Is the computer doomed to have an unclean recycling bin or has anyone else come across this and able to resolve this.  The user isn't too concerned but it bugs me quite a bit.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 03:17 PM

Two things to try. File Assassin.  Boot to a small linux distro like Puppy and see if you can delete the files offline from the $Recycle.bin Folder.

#3 Go The Power

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 02:03 AM


Did you try and run rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

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