Solved What is RECYCLER folder?

November 27, 2010 at 11:16:53
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Pentium 4 1.80 GHz / 1.250 GB
I have two hard drives in my computer and the second one was empty and today I saw a folder named RECYCLER. What is it?

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#1
November 27, 2010 at 11:29:00
The Recycle Bin.

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#2
November 27, 2010 at 11:35:22
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Normally it's a hidden folder. You must have enabled "show hidden files & folders" & disabled "hide protected operating system files". It's not the Recycle Bin exactly:

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...


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#3
November 27, 2010 at 11:56:20
I checked to see if that was it but it's not checked. Can I delete it?

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#4
November 27, 2010 at 12:09:22
Where is it, in the main C root or on the root of the other drive?

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#5
November 27, 2010 at 12:20:14
"Can I delete it?"

Why do you want to delete it? It's an operating system folder & is supposed to be there! If it bothers you, re-enable "hide protected operating system files" & you'll no longer see it.


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#6
November 27, 2010 at 15:16:15
It's on my slave drive and it's not hidden or looks transparent. My slave drive had no files in it and have not saved anything in it yet. When I looked in the drive this folder, RECYCLER, was in there.

I have Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and I scanned my system so I have no viruses. I did a Google search and some things say it's a virus and others say it's a system file.


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#7
November 27, 2010 at 15:29:23
I doubt it would do any harm to delete it. After all, anything that is necessary would have to be restored by the system if you had formatted the empty drive. It's odd because Recycler only normally shows when you have set the file Views (as already given).

By the way, if you right click the Recycle Bin on the desktop and select Properties there are settings. You can either have a Bin for each drive (split) or use the one on the C drive for both. It might be interesting to see how they are set.



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#8
November 27, 2010 at 15:38:40
If it's deleted then will the OS (Windows XP Home) create a new one on it's own?

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#9
November 27, 2010 at 15:50:40
For the normal hidden Recycler that is what I think but I've never tried. XP would have to put in whatever it needed it you put in a new empty slave disk. It's odd that it is visible (without showing all files including proteced system files).

If you do decide to delete it I would then reboot.

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#10
November 27, 2010 at 19:21:35
Oh, I just checked my slave drive and it's gone. The folder just went away by itself :)). I did go through my computer just to see if there were any programs that I didn't use anymore and uninstalled a few. I did a disk check and registry cleaning with my TuneUp Utilities program but that was a couple of hours ago and didn't even give it an extra thought to see if the folder was still there but it's gone now and it's not bugging me anymore, hahaha (That folder bugged me a little).

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#11
November 28, 2010 at 10:16:37
Yes, it's a tad weird because it is normally there but only visible when all files are shown, including system protected system files. I think you will still see it but only under those conditions.

On a permanent basis I think it is a good idea to show hidden files but NOT the system protected files. If you show the latter you are likely to get desktop.ini files (which must be retained) popping up all over the place in normal working areas.

So, it's one of those strange things that Windows seems to have fixed somehow - glad to hear it has gone and no longer bugging you. Thx for popping back to let us know.

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