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Securely deleting items from recycle bin

Q: Securely deleting items from recycle bin

Just a curiosity/paranoia question, that I have no doubt someone (brink?) knows the answer to.

I am aware when you move an item to the recycle bin and delete it, you are not actually removing the data written to your drive, simply removing the location from the index. So, my question is kinda twofold:

When moving a file to the recycle bin, does windows actually write a second copy of the data in another location, ie, the recycle bin, or does it simply change the location of the item in the index, from it's original location, to the recycle bin.

Secondly, assuming that there is no second location written, the index location has simply changed, when securely deleting the recycle bin, with an app such as eraser or ccleaner, is the data actually overwritten in it's original location, or, because it was "recycled" before it was deleted, is it still in tact in it's original location?

Paranoia I'm sure, but curious none the less. . .

Thanks for all your geniuses!

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A: Securely deleting items from recycle bin

If you use Ccleaner go to lower left and check wipe free space and run a scan. It will clean $Recycle Bin. It will take a while.

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For God sake ... is Microsoft going to do anything about this problem? It's been so many months now!! 

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Hi,

I have had one of these hard drives for about a week now and its turned faulty it does not always power up properly. When it worked okay it was used to make a back up of each computer in the house these backups included emails, letters, and other confidential information. I am now looking for some software to securely wipe the drive so I can return it for a replacement. I have found this software below has anyone had any experiences with this software? Or could someone recommend some alternative software.


Hard disk drive wipe software providing complete disk cleanup, erasing the whole partition or HDD files

A:Software For Securely Deleting Data

Acronis generally has a decent reputation, but I don't know anything about that particular application.

I certainly would not pay a dime to erase a drive when there are free tools.

Other things you can do:

get DBAN here; i don't think it works from Windows:

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

Get eraser here; i do think it works from Windows:
Eraser
Or go to your hard drive manufacturer's web site and download their utility package for your hard drive. It certainly should contain a little application that can "write zeroes" to your drive. Use that. Run it maybe twice. Unless you turn the drive over to the CIA, no one is going to be able to get anything from it.

If you are really worried, don't turn it over, just replace it on your own without warranty.

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Good afternoon,
Hopefully someone has experienced this and can offer advice.

A user is deleting files, but they are not appearing in the recycle bin

- user is deleting from her computer, and not a network location, or flash drive
- computer is not partitioned - only has a "C" drive
- computer is W7 32-bit
- user is not a local admin
- Use has 6 different recycle bins (right-click on RB desktop icon > properties > recycle bin location); some of the locations are "My Pictures", "My Videos" etc.... We are not able to manage the size of
these locations.
- all of the RB locations are set to "Custom Size"
- have tried:
a. deleting everything out of the RB
b. (running as admin) RD /S /Q C:\$Recycle.bin
c. set to view hidden & system files/folders, gone to "C" and deleted the $RECYCLE.BIN folder. clicked yest at all the prompts, including: Do this for all current items

** after both b & c, rebooted the computer

So far, nothing has worked. Might anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks!

A:Recycle Bin: deleted items not appearing in recycle bin

Hi jkotsonas, welcome to seven forums.

Not sure if this is your issue, but with different users, each will have his/her own recycle bin and as such, items from one user won't show in another user's bin.

Is this the issue?

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The recycle bin does not show any deleted items--the space under name, location, date deleted, etc is entirely blank. When I right click and go to empty recycle bin, it confirms that there *are* files to be deleted. Any ideas? Thanks
 

A:can't see any items in xp recycle bin

Make up a "dummy" file and delete it to the recycle bin. Then go and empty the recycle bin. See if that straightens it out.

sekirt
 

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i noticed when i open the recycle bin my items in there dissapear but when you click empty recycle bin it deletes so many items.Could someone tell me where to go to change this setting
Os is xp pro
 

A:Items dissapear in recycle bin

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When I delete an item, it does not say (do you want to put it in the recycle bin) it says ( are you sure you want to delete this item. ) and if I change my mind and want it back it is not in the recycle bin. nothing goes in there. where does it go?.. I never have to empty it. I don't like that. can some one help me fix the problem. I am not sure even when it started doing that.
 

A:Deleted items not going in recycle bin

Right click the 'Recycle Bin' on your Desktop. Click Properties. Is 'Do not move files to the recycle bin', checked? Is 'Display delete confirmation dialog', unchecked?
moper
 

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Weird problem... I have some items that just can't be removed from my recycle bin. I always get a pop saying that cannot delete because it's being used by another program. Even when there's no programs running (except for the ones in the background).

Now I have an idea of why this is happening but i need some more assistance to finally ridding the problem. The problem only happens when i delete a file that's on my external hard drive. Also... i should add... that this problem only happens to files that i delete from the OPEN or SAVE AS windows rather than deleting from the file folder itself. For example if I were to go to a folder in my external hard drive and delete a file that way it's not a problem to empty it from the recycle bin... but if I was saving a file or opening a file from an app and I delete it from that dialog box those are the files that just can't seem to be remove from the recycle bin.

I know it's due to my external drive because when I turned it off the files are not in the recycle bin anymore. Now i tried using the Task Manager to turn off all processes dealing with my external hard drive but I still can't remove those files from the recycle bin; unless there are other files that i need to stop the process of.

Any suggestions? Oh yeah... I have a Maxtor 200GB external hard drive (if that is any help).
 

A:Can't remove some items from my recycle bin

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Hi I have XP and my recycle bin items don't show. I redid the whole registry due to a computer virus. Now the thing still doesn't show! I thought it may have just been a corrupt file. I noticed a link someone suggested to someone else.....

http://forums.techguy.org/t98784/s.html

But it didn't work for me.
The recycle bin hid items also upon removing Norton, so that's not the problem. I did remove manually the user info so I didn't have to log in with a password everytime I start my computer but don't think that's it. It seems like Windows has a lot of problems for people who want to see recycle bin items.
 

A:Recycle Bin Items Don't Show

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I running windows xp pro.

When I open my recycle bin anything I've deleted shows up for about a second and then disappears from the window. This happens when I open the recycle bin or use explore.

Even though you can't see any items if you go to empty recycle bin, it asks if I sure that I want to delete the X number of items. So the items are there except I can't see them. This would cause a problem if I need to restore.

Any suggestions, thanks

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Hi, I've been backing up data on my computer only to open up recycle bin the other day and find most of the files missing. I was very confused. Then i realised i had recently deleted 2 or 3 large files in size of 2 or more gb and that the recycle bins capacity is 4gb Has recycle bin deleted my older items because there wasn't enough space? I need to find or restore the old files. Im guessing the recycle bin dir in c: has now been modified showing the current status. Can i recover any older recycle bin dir or any files which list the files that were in recycle bin before is was modified and deleted old files? I have tried free undelete programs but they all only show the current recycle bin contents, i need to find the old contents. I also mucked around with some security settings of recycle bin and corrupted it. I had to empty it. Does this mean a new recycle bin file has been made? How can i restore the old contents.

Thankyou.
 

A:Lost recycle bin items

Things shouldn't go in the trash unless you want to get rid of them. Chances are that the files have been partially or totally overwritten and unrecoverable. Any chance at recovery was lost when you kept using the machine. When files are lost, you should shut down immediately so they won't get overwritten and then move the drive to another machine for recovery.

If the recovery apps can't find anything, they are probably gone for good.
 

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I installed Windows 7 on my PC. I did a fresh install, but besides the system disk, I have a few other hard drives installed, as well as some external USB hard drives.

By revealing the system files (on the windows explorer settings), I'm able to see the folder that is used to manage the recycle bin items on each partition ($RECYCLE.BIN). So far so good, but the problem is that within that folder there are two sub-folders with files.

One of those sub-folders is related to the W7 recycle bin and the other folder (who's content was acessible only after changing its permissions) has a considerable size (about 7GB of stuff that was deleted within the previous installed operating system - Vista).

If I try to access the content of that sub-folder that belonged to Vista, I'm redirected to the actual recycle bin. Nonetheless, if I try to access it on the command line, I can see the original files (with their filenames changed to shorter ones).

My question is: what is the easiest and most secure way to delete the old recycle bin content? Emptying the recycle bin doesn't work, because W7 ignores the old content (that is stored on the older sub-folder). I come up with one of two procedures: delete those files on the command line or delete the old sub-folder on Windows Explorer.

Any suggestions?

A:Delete old recycle bin items

  
Quote: Originally Posted by nfh


I installed Windows 7 on my PC. I did a fresh install, but besides the system disk, I have a few other hard drives installed, as well as some external USB hard drives.

By revealing the system files (on the windows explorer settings), I'm able to see the folder that is used to manage the recycle bin items on each partition ($RECYCLE.BIN). So far so good, but the problem is that within that folder there are two sub-folders with files.

One of those sub-folders is related to the W7 recycle bin and the other folder (who's content was acessible only after changing its permissions) has a considerable size (about 7GB of stuff that was deleted within the previous installed operating system - Vista).

If I try to access the content of that sub-folder that belonged to Vista, I'm redirected to the actual recycle bin. Nonetheless, if I try to access it on the command line, I can see the original files (with their filenames changed to shorter ones).

My question is: what is the easiest and most secure way to delete the old recycle bin content? Emptying the recycle bin doesn't work, because W7 ignores the old content (that is stored on the older sub-folder). I come up with one of two procedures: delete those files on the command line or delete the old sub-folder on Windows Explorer.

Any suggestions?



If you are absolutely certain there's nothing in there you're going to want just trash the entire recy... Read more

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Hiya,

I deleted something and could not find it in the recycle bin, and it shows 3 items in there, but when I empty the recycle bin, it said 6 item deleted. So I guess my recycle bin is not displaying all the item?

Wondering anybody have had similar problem?

Thanks in advance for any fix!

Cheers,
Aine

A:recycle bin not showing all items

Hello Aine,

It sounds like your Recycle Bin is not refreshing properly. If so, then this should be able to help fix it.

Recycle Bin

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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When I delete files or shortcuts, they go to my Recycle Bin. The Recycle bin has an icon indicating there are items in it. When I click on the Recycle bin and open it, the deleted files show up for a second or two then disappear. So at this point I'm unable to select and restore deleted files. They are still in the recycle bin, since if I right click on the recycle bin it asks me do you want to delete # items.

I've checked the Recycle Bin properties, and it doesn't have the delete files immediately option selected. My folders properties are set to show all files and file extensions.

Any ideas?
 

A:Recycle Bin not displaying deleted items

Here are the instructions from the site that issues this patch:
To use the file: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.

The website claims that this file will replace and\or repair the registry values for your recycle bin. The Firefox browser will not work when downloading the recycle bin patch. You will have to use Internet Explorer browser.

This patch is only for Windows XP.
 

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about 4 months ago, but about every 2 weeks these same items appear in the recycle bin again and I have to delite them again????

I have delited other items from the bin and they do not come back, it's just these 15 items come back to haunt me!!!!

HELP.....

XP2 IE7

regards
 

A:This is wierd, I deleted 15 items from recycle bin....

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I have just bought a new pc with Vista Home Premium x64. Problem is that the recycle bin won't show deleted items. The bin just looks empty. If I click on empty recycle bin it prompts me if I want to delete these 16 (or whatever number) items, so they must be there but will not display. I have tried displaying hidden files and checked in recycle bin properties that files are not deleted rather than placed in the bin to no avail. If I click restore items nothing happens. Can anyone suggest something please? Thanks

A:Deleted items do not show in recycle bin

Hello willcocks,

You should be able to fix that using this tutorial

Recycle Bin

Hope it helps

SIW2

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I have the same problem experienced by dnicke2001 - when I delete files they do not appear in the Recycle Bin. I have followed the instructions given him/her by greyknight17 without any success. I have run a scan in HighJackThis with this result. What do you suggest?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:41:52 PM, on 5/7/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTHELPER.EXE
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\CookiePatrol.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPMemCheck.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPControl.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\ShareDLL\CtNotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Picasa\PicasaMediaDetector.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
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A:Deleted Items do not apppear in Recycle Bin

Well...your log is clean. Did you ever have Norton Antivirus on this PC?

Ok..lets try this...

Download KillBox http://www.atribune.org/downloads/KillBox.exe

Open Killbox and Copy & Paste the path to the Desktop.ini for recycle bin.


C:\RECYCLER\Desktop.ini
Click Red X to delete it or Simply Browse to the Directory under C:(root) called RECYCLER

In killbox you may also see in blue the term Directory
Click the Red X to delete it.

Reboot and see if that works. Windows will recreate that file on reboot. If this doesn't work...then it's likely the INFO file may be damaged. Read here on how to fix that...

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=136517

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Am I correct that deleted "Recycle Bin" files still remain unseen on the hard drive? If so, is there any way of removing the deleted "Recycle Bin" items without affecting anything else on the HDD?

My original and now #2 computer has a very small HDD (15 GB). I have cleaned out everthing but the OS and installed programs. I would like to remove the one GB of "My Docs" files I put into the "Recycle Bin" and then further deleted from there, if indeed they are still resident on the HDD. My intent is to hopefully increase performance of that machine, which also has a very slow processor and only 190 MB RAM. Right now the OS and programs occupy one-half of the HDD. I am running "XP Home" on that computer.

I will only use C #2 for reaching the Internet should my #1 computer "go down." (I would be lost without that daily exercise!) C #1 is fully backed up weekly to an external HDD.

Thanks for your patience with me. {redoak}
 

A:Do deleted Recycle Bin items take HDD space?

When you put something in the "recycle bin" all windows does is hide the item from you and only allow you to see it via the waste bin. So it still counts towards how much space is being used on the hard drive. Once you delete items from the recycle bin they are no longer counted as used space on the hard drive. They are still there and sometimes recoverable but now the space is marked for Windows to reuse when it needs it.

Deleting items in the recycle bin should not effect anything else on your HDD.

If you want to delete something without it going in the recycle bin highlight the item and then hold down the shift key while pressing delete. Check the recycle bin and you won't see it. Beware that you can't recover an item if you do this.
 

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I have gone thru several threads regarding people putting items in the Recycle Bin only to have them not be visible when they open the RB (both in Windows XP and ME). Several of them stated the RB indicated a number of items when they click on "empty", but none of the items are showing. I have seen several answers regarding this - but one, which worked for this "dummy" was to remove the check on the recycle bin box in my Window Washer Program. Some of you may also have a cleaning program which is causing this? Took me quite a while to determine this was my problem. Always ready to share my computer ignorance with others. At least now I can get back my mistakes thrown in the RB. lol!
 

A:Solved: Recycle Bin Items Not Showing

Unknown third party utilities add by a user can throw anyone. Thanks for sharing the tip.
 

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Windows 7-SP1

This is only happening on my internal data drive ( E: ), system drive ( C: ) and external drives ( F:, G & H: ) are OK.

If I delete up to 6 items in a single operation (folders, files or a mixture) the items show up in the recycle bin. But if its 36 then 30 items will not be in the recycle bin, and the 6 that are there are not the first or last 6. If its 80 items then 74 wont be in the recycle.bin etc, etc, If I delete 200 items in a single operation from the C: drive then all 200 will be in the recycle bin.

Weird. I tried creating a fresh $recycle.bin on E: (by removing it), that didn't fix it.

This drive also contains E:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-117609710-2025429265-682003330-1004 which I believe is the recycle bin contents. If I remove this directory will windows create a fresh one?

I ran chckdsk on the drive in mid-May no errors reported and SMART say its healthy, anyway its not a hardware issue.

pjd

A:Not all Deleted items show up in Recycle Bin

As a quick experiment you could use sike command line utility to send files to the recycle bin and see if it acts any differently. The program is free. No nags, tracking or advertisements etc. on my site.

Edit: If you run sike in a command prompt with no params it shpws a usage dialog.

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Help please.....I restored 1000 files from the recycle bin. They are no where to be found. Happened 20 min ago. The folder that they were originally on, on the desktop, was deleted - so they were restored to a location that is no longer there. Where do I find them?

A:Lost restore recycle bin items

Did you restore the folder that files were in too? If not and it is still in the Recycle Bin, then restore that too. Or Go to Search and type in the name of one of the files, and see if it finds it.

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Hi,
I have a client whose child has deleted his important business files - no back ups
Then, they emptied the recycling bin...
I have tried recuvva, then removed the Hardisk and via Easeus, commercial Stellar data recovery, 7 data recovery and wonder share amongst others - none seem to find the deleted documents....
Ive also tried deleting a test file on my 8.1 machine and nothing finds that either.
Has anyone ever had success in recovering deleted items from win 8.1 recycle bin, if so, what software? Or is it a feature that they are gone forever once deleted due to improved security?
Ive spent hours on this!
Many, many thanks!

A:Can't recover items deleted from recycle bin

Hi HammerJeff Unfortunately, there's never a guaranteed way to recover a file that you deleted. When you delete a file, you have to be sure that you'll never need it back, because the chances of getting it back are really slim. Free data recovery software can only do so much, and none of them even guarantee that they'll recover anything and if they do, it won't be 100% of what was deleted. The same goes for paid software. If that client had important business files that are critical for his job, one solution could be to go to a data forensics company and get them to retrieve the deleted files from the drive. Assuming that no other major read/write operation has been done on the drive that could have completely ereased the trace of these files, they may be able to recover them. However, these kind of services are quite expansive so I hope for your client that if he pays for them, it's worth it.On a side note, the free software I use for data recovery are Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery and GetDataBackNTFS (there's a portable version made from the paid version). If these fails, I usually tell the person that there's nothing more I can do.Good luck with that client and the case.

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I went to empty my recycle bin this morning. It contains four small files. But when I click "empty recycle bin" the pop-up says it's deleting thousands of files in the gigabytes range. Does anyone know what causes this? I believe it's happened to me before, probably on Vista, but I don't remember how I fixed it or if it just eventually fixed itself. I don't notice anything missing and the computer doesn't behave oddly, but I cancel the deletion before it gets too far.

I'm currently running a virus scan but it hasn't picked up anything yet and it's 75% of the way through.
 

A:Recycle Bin Deleting More Than It Contains

Strange. You're sure that none of the files is actually a folder, such as a .zip or .rar?
 

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when I put my external hard disk into my computer then some items are placed in the recycle bin.

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My phone was set up for Google Drive for 30 days. It apparently sent to my recycle bin on laptop after the 30 days. I didn't recognize what was in the recycle bin and hit empty. I now know they were all the pictures from my phone. Can someone help me retrieve them? Thanks in advance.
 

A:How to I restore deleted items in recycle bin windows 10?

If they were in the Recycle bin and you emptied it, then I would say that you can Kiss them Good by.
 

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Hello,

I have two questions:

1. I have created an executable that extracts archive files. I would like to create a context menu item to extract files with this exe. I do not want an 'open with' entry, what I would like would be a context menu item 'Extract' on archived file types (.zip, .tar, etc.) that opens the file with my executable. Is this possible and how should I proceed?

2. Is there a way (3rd party is OK, but I would prefer not to keep an extra application running all the time) to automatically delete items when they have been in the recycle bin for n days? I have seen some batch files that do this, but they seem to be based on date modified, not the date I put the files into the Bin. I also have googled for this and found some utilities that would do it, but most are bloated and add all sorts of features to the recycle bin I do not want to have. What would be a lightweight and efficient way to automatically do this?
Thank you very much for you time, any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Context menu items and Recycle bin deletion

For question #1 try this:

Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell

Right-click on “shell” and choose to create a new key, naming it Extract.

Double click on the Default value in the right hand pane and enter the path to your executable. Be sure to enclose the path in quotation marks - "C:\Program Files\...".

You may have to leave a space at the end of the path and type "%1":

"C:\Program Files\...\..." "%1"
 

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Hello!
I want that items which I delete will NOT move to the Recycle Bin.
I chose the option: "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.", but the files I delete still move to the Recycle Bin.
What to do?
I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Thanks.

A:Recycle Bin doesn't delete items pemenantly

Whether it is Windows7 or Windows XP, we are having an option to delete the item directly without sending it to recyclebin.

click on folder -> shift+delete keys -> Yes -> Directly deleted.

Simple!

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I have a truckload of files in the recycle bin with extraordinary file names like 9be9562f00a85d3e402e894414532852ef8d1bb1 ... Some date back to 2008. Can I safely delet these files without crashing my system? My tower has a virus on it and my laptop (with Vista) is about to go south. Thanks,
 

A:Deleting files from recycle bin

Files and folders that are in the Recycle Bin are not being used by the computer.

If they've been in the Recycle Bin since 2008, they're definitely safe to delete.

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You mentioned 2 computers - a desktop and a laptop.

Which one are you referring to here?

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I have Windows XP and when I send things to my recycle bin and click on recycle bin the show up for a second and then go away. My box to automatically delete is not checked. Any ideas?

A:Recycle Bin Deleting unproperly

Hello nprado

Here are some things to try
1. Make sure that something is in the Recycle Bin (just make an empty folder to delete). With the Recycle Bin closed, right click and choose: Empty Recycle Bin. When the confirm box appears, click ok. Reboot. Check if fixed

2. Have a look if there is anything in the ?Recycler? folder which is where the Bin stores its files.
This is a hidden folder so go to
Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View
Check ?Show hidden files and folders?
Remove the check from ?Hide protected operating system files?
You will receive a warning but just go ahead.
Apply

You will then see the ?Recycler? folder C:\Recycler

Go back later to hide the files and folders again.

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I had removed recycle bin from my desktop a couple of months ago. When i accidentally deleted some data, I went back to Personalization--> Change Desktop Icon and checked the Recycle Bin box. It didnt appear on the desktop. I checked all other boxes (computer, network etc.) but none of it appeared on the desktop. What do i do?

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I've been running Vista Ultimate a year and two months (one of the really early adopters) and have had problems but also seen corrections. For the most part I feel it is fairly stable.

I am having a problem I hope somebody can help me with. My recycle bin doesn't show that it has items to delete. It just shows an empty basket. When I go and check I see things in there so I delete them.

I have deleted the recycle (intentionally) and the went to Personalize on the desktop and chose to set all the defaults. It works for awhile and then it just goes back to showing as though there is nothing in it.

Has anyone else had this problem (I can't be that unique!) and found a way to correct it. Please post and let me know.

Thanks for all your help!

A:[SOLVED] Vista Recycle Bin not showing deleted items!

Maybe this will help:
http://www.computing.net/windowsvist...orum/2381.html

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Hi all...I am a brand new member and I have tried to look up all of the other threads on this site regarding how to delete unwanted context items that show up when right clicking the Recycle bin. I don't know how these items got there but I am nearly always clicking on them instead of emptying the recycle bin option.
I am using the Windows 7 Home addition and cannot use the tools available on Win 7 Pro. Is there any way I can do this? pretty frustrated at this point, but will not give up Windows 7 which I love. Please help if you can...Dan

A:How do I delete unwanted context menu items in the Recycle Bin

Hello Danspedale, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to add "Empty Recycle Bin" to your desktop context menu to use instead.

Empty Recycle Bin - Add to Desktop Context Menu

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I have certain things in my System Configuration Utility that although the program of file is no longer on the computer, it is still there. The same with 'Add or Remove Programs'. How can I delete these items?
 

A:Deleting Certain Items

Get a registry clean-up utility. There are many if you search the net. I use Registry First Aid. You can download (free) a functional evaluation version from the authors at http://www.rosecitysoftware.com/Reg1Aid/ . Do not ever update your registry without backing it up ...AND... understanding ahead of time how to restore it if something breaks !!
 

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Sorry if I am in the wrong forum but.

.My question is I have 5 DVD+RW and I was trying to back up some files using Ghost and it needed more than 1 DVD+RW but the rest of them had stuff on them.I was told and read that you can remove data or whatever is on the DVD+RW? I tried with no luck? How do you remove data or whatever is on a DVD+RW ? Any advice would be appreicated.Thanks in advance
 

A:Deleting items on a DVD+RW ?

What burning program do you use? Usually, in the menu, there is an option for erasing the CD/DVD. In Nero, it is under the Recorder menu (or click More in Nero Express).
 

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A couple days ago I realized there was something going on with my PC when I tried to delete something. The thing is, the file is deleted, but it doesn't get moved to my recycle bin. I don't know where it goes really..very strange. Anyone know what the problem could be? I was reading up in an attempt to fix this myself and I saw there was some talk about deleting the recycled folder but I can't find it. And I've done virus scans and everything else

A:Deleting Files/ Recycle Bin Problem

Recycle bin>properties. Maybe the option "Do not remove files to the bin,Move files immediately when deleted."has somehow got checked.

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I've got a user who cannot send stuff to his recycle bin.
Anytime he deletes something or drag-and-drops it to the recycle bin it automatically gets deleted and never shows up in the bin.

The auto-delete box under the recycle bin properties is not checked, and the registery was not set for auto-delete at NukeOnDelete under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket.

He is the only one who has had problems like this, and the problem is with every network computer he logs into.

Is there any way to fix this other than deleting his user account and then recreating him a new one?

Has anyone else even seen this problem?

A:Recycle bin keeps auto-deleting...ARGH!

Hi,

Only thing you might look at is:

You should see something similar to this in properties (different OS are not alike)

> configure drives independently
> use one setting for all drives (check this one)
> do not move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted
>Display delete confirmation dialog box (check this one)


The second and last checked. This should be the "default" setting for normal operation. I know you mentioned the one, but didn't know about the other.

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Hello everyone, I've been directed here from the Windows XP Home and Professional section after quite a struggle with a stubborn problem. Topic referenced is here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/221437/problem-with-deleting-a-folder-in-the-recycle-bin/ ~ OBI have a folder (named "Poop" due to the troubles it's been giving me) that, when sent to the recycle bin, refuses to be permanently deleted (I get the message "Cannot delete file: "). When I right-click the "Poop" folder, the properties say that it "contains "0 folders" and has a size of 0kb. Yet, when I open it, there is visibly another folder entitled "D3_B0_CA_D3_F2_D6_28OST_29W_ ......" The name seems to go on and on with the random letters and numbers. When I right-click this bizarre folder, I get only the options of "Open, Explore, Search...., Send to". It seems I can't even view the properties. I tried opening it, but nothing happens.I suspect the problem is with the "D3_B0_CA_D3_F2_D6_......" folder. I have tried deleting/renaming/moving it to no avail, it just remains there inside Poop. The Poop folder, on the other hand, can be sent to the recycle bin; it just couldn't be emptied from there. Also, when I right-click Poop, it gives the normal options.The kind people at Windows XP Home and Professional suggested Ccleaner, Unlocker, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, and KillBox. Unfortunately none of them could rid Poop nor "D3_B0_CA_D3_F2_D6_28OST_29W_ ......". I'm not sure if the two folders are causing harm ... Read more

A:Problem With Deleting A Folder In The Recycle Bin

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Hello,

I have a folder that, when sent to the recycle bin, refuses to be permanently deleted (I get the message "Cannot delete file: "). I tried restoring and renaming the folder, but it still would not be emptied from the recycle bin. When I right-click the folder, the properties say that it "contains "0 folders" and has a size of 0kb. Yet, when I open the folder, there is visibly another folder entitled "D3_B0_CA_D3_F2_D6_28OST_29W_ ......" The name seems to go on and on with the random letters and numbers. When I right-click this bizarre folder, I get the options "Open, Explore, Search...., Send to". It seems I can't even view the properties. I tried opening it, but nothing happens.

I have had a virus infection on my computer before, and it was cleared due to the kind folks here. I'm not sure if this folder might have resulted from the virus. I noticed the problem months ago but was too lazy to do anything about it, since it doesn't seem to be harmful ^^;

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I would greatly appreciate any help.

Also, I'm not very good with computers, and so, would like to ask for your patience. ^^

A:Problem With Deleting A Folder In The Recycle Bin.

Boot into safe mode, and try to delete the folder.How to boot into safe mode:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/

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Hi everybody,
i've recently have quite some trouble with my computer, this is one of them:
When trying to delete large files, where it says: "do you permantly want to delete this", they don't end up in my recycle bin. I wouldn't mind this at all if it wasn't because my harddisk doesn't react when I delete something. I don't free up any space even though I just deleted something as big as 5GB. Can anyone help?? I ran "Hijack this" if it can help:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:03:09 PM, on 5/3/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\CA_LIC\lic98rmt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\GEARSec.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\CA_LIC\LogWatNT.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Ghost\Agent\VProSvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~2\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\PROGR... Read more

A:Solved: No files in recycle bin when deleting!

Do you still need help?
 

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I have 4 episodes of a show in my recycle bin - each episode is 1/2 hour long. I try to delete them, but I get a message saying Calculating time remaining and it just keeps showing that and never gives me a time or deletes the items. It says the speed is 0 bytes / sec. Any idea how I can get rid of these files?
Thanks

A:Having a lot of trouble deleting 4 files from my recycle bin

Hi Dbagnell,

You might see if you can open the Recycle Bin and delete them one by one instead. If not, then this tutorial may be able to help you.

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder

Hope this helps you,
Shawn

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I am having a problem with deleting files in Windows 7, when I delete a file, it asks if I want to send it to the recycle bin, and I say "yes" but if I go into the recycle bin, the file is not there and it is not in its original directory. it is like it decided to permanently delete and skip going to the recycle bin. When I sort the recycle bin by 'date deleted', the last thing in the recycle bin is a few weeks old. I have deleted many things since the last date that the recycle bin says my last deleted file was. and I did not empty the recycle bin otherwise the files from a few weeks ago would be also gone. I googled the problem but Google only showed results on how to bypass the recycle bin and permanently delete but it showed nothing about Windows doing it on its own. Please help me fix this because I lost an mp3 that I made because of this problem.

A:files are permanently deleting instead of going to the recycle bin

Do you still have the 'Recycle bin' icon on the desktop ? If you do, right click on it and see if your version of properties is similar to mine in that the button 'Don't move files to the Recycle Bin . . .' is the active option.
 

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Untick this button to get files to go back to the recycle bin. As you will see I don't use it, I just havve the warning message active.
 
Chris Cosgrove

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Is there a way to eliminate extra items in the taskbar/properties/customizing menu? There are things in there that I've uninstalled or just don't use anymore. Someone told me how to do this long ago, but can someone remind me again?

-M.
 

A:deleting taskbar items

If you are talking about the "past items", here is a script you can run to clear them out. Save to your desktop, then click on it to run....
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/xp_pastitems.vbs
 

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Where in the registry are the keys that show the history in the browser addresses? I want to delete one or two of them.

thanks!
 

A:Deleting 1 or 2 of the in QuickFill Items

Click on Start > Run. Type Regedit.

Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Internet Explorer
Typed URLs

and clear whatever you don't want

You may even need to delete a few things in Temporary Internet Files.
 

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Not sure if this is technically an XP question, but...

Often, when i delete items from my iTunes library (specifically videos), after I select move to recycle bin, it pauses for a moment. I then check my recycle bin, and find no fieles in it. I have checked the properties, and it does not say do not put items in recycle bin. any idea if the files are still on the computer, and if so, how can i find and delete them?
 

A:trouble deleting items

When you delete files too large for the recycle bin, they're just discarded.

Note that if you have pirated or otherwise illegal files on your system, they can be detected with specialized tools and techniques even after being deleted.
 

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Greetings!,

I have a colleague whose Sent inbox in Outlook 2007 is only going back a year and a half. Everything else goes back to when she started. She's looking for a sent item from beyond that time, and she can't find it. Should we be looking in her archives? How do I adjust the retention time for the Sent inbox? Any help is much appreciated!

- b
 

A:Outlook Sent Items Deleting

Is auto archiving set up on that particular folder?
 

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Hi..

I would like to delete just one or two of the auto-fill addresses that type in, for instance, when I go to Google on my browser. I know there are ways to delete all auto-complete, but is there any way to just take out one or two?...like in the Registry?

Thanks!
 

A:Deleting 1 or 2 of the in QuickFill Items

See http://forums.techguy.org/t106323/s.html
 

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