Can't see files in Windows 7 recycle bin

January 2, 2010 at 07:04:47
Specs: Windows 7 x64
I've used the same installation dvd on several computers to install windows 7, but one of the computers has a problem with the recycle bin: I can't see the files which I have deleted, nor can I restore them, I can only empty the bin and that's it. I think it's the same problem described in here, but the solution is only for windows XP. Does anyone have a solution for win7?

Thanks in advance


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#1
January 2, 2010 at 08:17:12
Right click on the recycle Bin and choose properties. There are a couple of options there that could affect your issue.

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#2
January 3, 2010 at 01:52:46
Out of the options, I can choose the size of the Recycle Bin, the location, whether or not to ask for an confirmation to delete items and to auto-delete items...

Neither of those can solve the problem


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#3
January 3, 2010 at 02:36:30
Under personalization go to change desktop icons. Uncheck the recycle bin, hit appy and ok. Then go back in there and check the recycle bin icon back in and hit appy and ok and see if that helps.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#4
January 3, 2010 at 10:14:03
No, that didn't help :(

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#5
January 3, 2010 at 11:32:06
Do you have a program that might be interfering with the recycle bin? I know some programs like to put their own little cleanup utility under the recycle bin.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#6
January 3, 2010 at 12:34:12
Not that I know off, I don't believe I'm using a program on that particular system using the recycle bin

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#7
January 3, 2010 at 16:17:23
What about safemode?

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#8
January 3, 2010 at 18:49:04
Try this method. Even though this problem was in Windows vista for this user, it prob will work under Windows 7 as well.

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#9
January 6, 2010 at 06:16:19
Ok, what I've done (accidentally, I was working on something else) is booting the computer in safe mode and deleting something. Somehow the recycle bin repaired itself.

Thanks for your help


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#10
February 18, 2020 at 05:42:53
Now that Windows 7 is no longer supported, maybe there's a fix for this issue

Windows Explorer and CMD may not show the content of C:\$Recycle.bin

but you can find out what is, and actually get a copy of these files by means of doing this:

robocopy C:\$Recycle.Bin\ C:\Temp\xxx2 /E /DCOPY:T /XO /XJD /R:0 /W:2 /V /FFT

You do need to create the target directory to be sure. Note that the parameters may be off with what is needed for the issue in this thread, but those are just the ones I happen to be using while discovering this feature.
It will copy the folders to the target location. The copy itself may not be the most interesting, but what is, is the fact that Windows will tell you what directories it has created in C:\$Recycle.bin
( which is something not that easy since Windows Explorer will hide them by default, no matter what your "show hidden files" option is)

This way, I found directories in C:\$Recycle.bin which he kept on storing on my C: drive, no matter how many time you "clean the Recycle Bin".

You could just find them with "DIR /AH", but maybe not either.

Anyway, Robocopy is not standard Windows 7 but you can get it from Microsoft sites as an extension (it is included in Windows 10)


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#11
February 18, 2020 at 16:32:42
Please note that this post is 10 years old!!!!

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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