appears files remain in recycle bin

Toshiba / P30
August 31, 2011 at 09:27:48
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 3.2/512MB
I have a machine that has the internal drive partioned into a C and D drive. I also have a Iomega 1.5 TB drive which is F drive. I am trying to sync my D and F drive to make sure they are the same. Once I do this I will keep them in syn using a tool like synctoy.

I am doing the comparison of the drives by using using a combination of batch file and perl script. The problem I am running into is that the F drive reports files in a directory called $recycle.bin. I looked in windows explorer and cannot seem to see these files. When I look at the F drive in windows explorer, here is what I see;

2 Recycle Bin folders at the root level
a Recycler directory at the root level
$recycle.bin at the root level with 2 Recycle Bin under it

When I do a properties on the drive and look at the free space and compare that with the free space I get at the end of a dir command, the free space is identical. However when I look at the $recycle.bin folder in windows explorer, I cannot see the directory or folders that the dir command shows.

I just discovered that if I go to F:\$recycle.bin and do an attrib *.* it comes back with nothing. However if I do a dir /S I see directories beginning with S-1. Some of these S-1 directories have folders under them like $R5YT92S. If I cd individually to each of these directories I can see the files that show up in my listing, and I am able to delete them. The problem will be what happens next time I delete a file on this drive. Will I have the same problem.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I will also mention that I have already madure I have set my computer to display hidden files and folders, unchecked hide protected operating system files, unchecked hide extensions.


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August 31, 2011 at 19:12:42
Very well written.

I set Recycle bin properties on all other drives other than "C" to > Do not move files to Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.

Set Recycle Bin settings to 10% for partition 1 or drive 1 ( click Configure drives independently ) & any other partitions or drives, tick > Do not move files to Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.
If you have more than one drive in your system, you can use the same settings (percent of drive to use for deleted files) for all drives, or you can configure each drive separately. To change these settings, right-click the Recycle Bin and choose Properties. On the Global tab, check whether to use One Setting for all Drives, or to Configure Drives Independently. If you choose to configure them independently, then you select the other tabs to change the percentage for each individual drive.

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September 1, 2011 at 11:08:36
Thanks John,

I guess I could do that but that sort of defeats the reason for the recycle bin, doesn't it. I mean there ia always a chance I could accidentially delete something from my D or F drive.

I notice yesterday I am now having the same problem with the D drive where the dir shows files inthe recycler that do not show in windows explorer.

What I might do is getting everything cleaned up and then move items to a delete folder on the C drive and then periodically clean that up.

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September 1, 2011 at 16:06:58
bccamper, here is my file on recycle bin irregularities.

XP Recycle Bin - Deleting Problems
Delete the users profile in XP and then logging in as the user, it created the recycle bin which looks and functions correctly.
Lost or Corrupt User Profile
Delete a user account

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