Solved I can't find Windows XP recycler folder anywhere.

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August 5, 2012 at 20:09:14
Specs: Windows XP, AMDF Sempron 3300+/2 GB
Why does Recycler no longer appear in the C drive? Until a few days ago it displayed as a folder in C but is gone now. A file/folder search shows that it's supposed to be located in the C drive & is NOT a hidden folder.

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#1
August 5, 2012 at 21:06:35
Well, it should be a hidden folder. Why do you want to go into that folder anyways? Can't you just access the Recycle Bin from the desktop?

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#2
August 5, 2012 at 21:19:41
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Go into Folder Options > View & uncheck > Hide protected etc,

Click > Apply.

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#3
August 6, 2012 at 05:54:22
By default 10% of each partition is reserved for Recycle Bin.
The folder should be there(on each partition) hidden.

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#4
August 6, 2012 at 08:46:43
I think if you delete it, it gets created on next reboot.

Use the search feature maybe. Could be off your screen.

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#5
August 6, 2012 at 14:43:35
Thanks for your response. By way of explanation, about a year ago I discovered some malware in the Recycler folder but because it was a protected file, I didn't know how to delete it or the malware... until someone on another forum told me about Unlocker (& also told me that it was safe to delete the Recycler folder, as it would be recreated on reboot). Since then I've been deleting the Recycler folder using Unlocker, as it instantly deletes the entire folder & takes much less time than deleting the contents of the recycle bin. Of course, I can still use the recycle bin, as you suggested, but I found the other method more convenient to use with this low-end computer.

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#6
August 6, 2012 at 15:04:04
Thanks; as per my last post I was able to display the Rycycler folder in my C drive.

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#7
August 6, 2012 at 15:06:33
Thanks, & you're exactly right: if deleted, the Recycler folder will recreate itself at bootup. I just wasn't able to see that folder in the C drive until I "un-hid" it.

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#8
August 6, 2012 at 16:49:54
Just for info, it is probably not a good idea to permanently show protected files otherwise they show up all over the show. Fine to do so when required.

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#9
August 6, 2012 at 16:57:38
OK, thanks... I'll have to think that one over for a while. I do like having the Recycler folder visible but don't want to create additional problems by having all the hidden files displayed.

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#10
August 6, 2012 at 17:16:41
If you have been running with them showing in the past and are not being bothered by them it's fine to leave them showing.

It's just that I've known them to add the odd desktop.ini file in desktop folders, so make sure you don't delete anything that is only visible when protected files are set to show.

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#11
August 6, 2012 at 18:51:24
Thanks for the advice. I haven't had any problems in the past in having the Recycler folder visible, but will definitely keep in mind what you said about desktop.ini files. It might be hard to inadvertently delete a protected file because it's apparently locked,which is why I had to use Unlocker to delete the Recycler folder. When I had the problem with Recycler, the malware in that folder was somehow preventing the contents from being deleted through the recycle bin, & over a 3rd of my hard drive space was stuck in Recycler; without Unlocker I couldn't access those files (or the malware).

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#12
August 6, 2012 at 19:12:38
Understood - thanks


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