File 'stuck' in the recycle bin.

  Chris Webster 16:52 27 Mar 2010


After getting my friends laptop back up and running with the help of the forum I was about to give it back to him today.

I was doing some final checks and I noticed that the recycle bin icon was saying there was something in there, but when I tried to empty it a message came up saying 'cannot remove folder 2009 cannot find specified file', but when you open up the recycle bin there's nothing in there.

The 'stuck' file size is 7,339kb.

I've tried emptying the recycle bin as normal, tried doing it through disc clean up and tried through crap cleaner too but it's just 'stuck' in there.

Any ideas would be gratefully received.

Regards, Chris.

  rawprawn 16:58 27 Mar 2010

Try this, scroll down to Method 2
click here

  Chris Webster 17:00 27 Mar 2010

Forgot to say that the laptop is XP Home.

Regards, Chris.

  rawprawn 17:06 27 Mar 2010
  rdave13 17:14 27 Mar 2010

Also, "Damaged Recycled Folder
The Recycled folder itself can become damaged. Files are moved to the folder and the Recycle Bin on the desktop appears full, but you cannot view the contents and the Empty The Recycle Bin command is unavailable. Deleting this folder and restarting Windows will re-create this folder and restore functionality:
Restart to a command prompt.
Type attrib -s -h recycled.
Type del recycled.
Restart the computers.

From; click here;EN-US;q136517&

  rdave13 17:15 27 Mar 2010

Link again; click here;EN-US;q136517&

  rdave13 17:16 27 Mar 2010

Working link then; click here

  Chris Webster 18:19 27 Mar 2010

Thanks all,

Now got a nice empty recycle bin.

This is what I did,

1. Open the Run box and enter: cmd

2. In the command window, type:
attrib -s -h %SystemDrive%\RECYCLER
press ENTER, then type:
rd /s %SystemDrive%\RECYCLER
press ENTER.

Regards, Chris.

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