Corrupt Recycle Bin

  Ollyolly 09:36 03 Oct 2009

A few days ago I received a message saying something like my 'M' drive recycle bin was corrupted.
(I have partioned my drive hence the letter M).
Today I've noticed that if I delete something from drive M it dissappears rather then ending up in the recycle bin.
I'm running Win XP.

Does anyone know how to rectify this problem?

  VoG II 09:42 03 Oct 2009

See #64, right hand column click here

  Ollyolly 10:19 03 Oct 2009

Thanks for the very quick response.
I downloaded the very small file you suggested.
Created a restore point and ran the file.
The routine seemed to suggest it had found and resolved a problem with M drive recycle bin.
Unfortunately nothing seems to have changed.
I've deleted a file from the M drive but it has not appeared in the bin.
I've restarted the PC jst in case it needed it but still nothing in the bin.

Thanks for your help anyway.

  VoG II 11:46 03 Oct 2009

Right click the bin > Properties and make sure that "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin..." is not ticked.

  Ollyolly 15:58 03 Oct 2009

I knew there was a setting like that but I couldn't find it.
Alas, 'Do not move files to the Recycle Bin' is already unticked.
Thanks anyway.

  woodchip 16:12 03 Oct 2009

Are you using Norton Products? Try Downloading Cleanup. This will repair the Recycle Bin click here

  Ollyolly 18:16 03 Oct 2009

Sorry but I'm not using any Norton products.

  woodchip 19:09 03 Oct 2009

If you download cleanUp from my link install and use it it will correct the bin

  mfletch 19:13 03 Oct 2009

You may have a corrupted file in the recycle bin.

This is for Vista but should be the same.

This will permanently delete all files in the Recycle Bin for all user accounts on the computer.

First make it so you can view hidden files,

Open My Computer and click on Tools | Folder Options. Then open the View tab. UNCHECK 'Hide Protected Operating System Files'


Start> run and type cmd then click ok

at the prompt type RD /S C:\RECYCLER then press enter it will say/ Are you sure (Y?/N?) type y then click enter,

If that does not work try this way,

Start -> run and type cmd click ok

type cd c:\ click enter
type rmdir/s recycler click enter
Type y click enter

PS/ you may have to change the C to M in your case

  Ollyolly 20:03 05 Oct 2009


Sorry for the delay in replying but I was away from the PC for the entire day yesterday.

I've downloaded 'cleanup' and run it in demo mode, phew! What a lot of files it found.
I ran it without selecting the option 'Empty recycle bins'.

Should I select this to give the routine a better chance of rectifying my problem?

  woodchip 20:52 05 Oct 2009


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