Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,
I am really sorry to trouble you but I am trying to re-arrange my files on ALL my drives - internal and external and have just come across a problem. I can not access the recycle bin on my external drives. If I use 'TreeSize Free' this shows me what is on the drives. So I was quite happily transferring files when I looked at a scan it did and found a recycle bin. I can use the programme to delete files, but I would like to check them first - I know I am being picky, but I do not like to throw ANYTHING away without checking it.
I waqs not even aware there were recycle bin on external drives as I was under the impression whenever anything was deleted it was sent to the bin on your main internal drive. I have been deleting stuff from this for years under the impression I was keeping my external drives to a minimum use. This it would appear is entirely wrong! So all I want to do is to access the bins, check out what is there and act accordingly.
Any help or suggestions will be very gratefully received.
Housten, the Recycle Bin icon on your Desktop displays everything for all connected drives. If it's not obvious which drive any particular file is from then make sure the view setting is "Details" and you'll find the info you need in the "Original Location" column.
Eddie, the general rule of thumb is that USB pen/flash drives don't have a Recycle Bin while the larger ones (that contain a conventional hard drive) do. Housten has confirmed that his external drive does have one so my suggestion will work for him.
Correct SS,one recycle bin for all connected drives.
Thanks for the vote of confidence Tullie - it's frustrating when I post something I know to be accurate and I get contradicted. It also confuses the original poster.
In Windows Explorer's Folder Options dialog, ensure Show hidden files, folders, and drives is selected and ensure the Hide protected operating system files option is not selected.
Open your USB external device and look for a file called Recycle Bin or $Recycle.Bin - if either is present then files deleted from the USB device will go into the Recycle Bin on the computer desktop. To "Delete from Recycle Bin" the USB device must still be connected.