First off, i have my win xp pro settings so that ALL files are supposed to be shown, system files etc, all files. I believe there are files in it. When i right click on recycle bin the "empty recycle bin" is not grayed out. But when i click on it i get this message: Error deleting file or folder cannot remove folder AA five. The directory is not empty. Now that is likely a reference to a favorites folder that i have but i never deleted it. Recycle bin wont empty. When opened it appears to be empty but its not. I do have a few usb\firewire external drives hooked up. I dont know if that is info thats needed or not, so im throwing it in just in case it matters. thank you for reading this.