Has this ever happened to you?

By JackieChanIsGOD ยท 18 replies
Jun 18, 2003
  1. Ok... this has only happened twice to me, but i was just wondering why it happens...
    After i delete a lot of files... about 50... my recycling bin still appears full. Then when i right click to empty it again, it says "Are you sure you want to delete 'WINDOWS'?"... then i open the bin and there's nothing in it...
    Last time this happened i just restarted the computer and it went away... but i'm downloading a lot of stuff, so i can't right now...
    I'm just a little curious...........

    Anyone wanna tackle this one?
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    That is totally strange. Why don't you just bypass the recycle bin and push SHIFT-DELETE and make it permanent to begin with? THis way you will know it is gone and you won't have that extra step in there.
  3. JackieChanIsGOD

    JackieChanIsGOD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Meh... i like the bin... i've gotten used to it...
    And it's good for testing... i sometimes put stuff there to test apps... like a temp folder...
    So you've never heard of that eh?
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Maybe you should boot to another OS, delete \RECYCLED directory and try again, the bin might have become corrupted.
  5. JackieChanIsGOD

    JackieChanIsGOD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Hmm... well, i might if i had another OS...
    But i don't wanna delete it if all i have to do is restart...
  6. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Why not just change the settings of the recycle bin so that it deletes all files at once, apply, then put it back the way it was...

    That should (hopefully) clear up any configuration issues...

    If that doesn't work, delete all the recycle bins (should be possible to do in windows), and restart... They'll be recreated and should hopefully fix the problem...
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    I get this problem sometimes.

    What I sometimes do then is right click the desktop, new text file, then drag it to the recycle bin and then empty again - i.e. give it a blank file to delete and see if that makes it go away.

    Also, does it sort itself if you reboot - if so, then I would not worry too much. If you had a proper corrupted recycle bin then I don't even think you would be able to open it at all.
  8. JackieChanIsGOD

    JackieChanIsGOD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Ok cool... thanks ya'll...
    Just as long as someone else has had it happen, i'm good...
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Yeah I've seen that in Windows XP and 2000, yeah.
  10. Eric Legge

    Eric Legge TS Rookie Posts: 132

  11. Crybabytek

    Crybabytek TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Using Recycle Bin as a "Temp Folder"...

    ooooh...GIGO = garbage in; garbage out. I sure would be careful about using this practice of dumping your files into the recycle bin as a means of testing anything. It could lead to an awful amount of grief when you go to empty the trash. The hand is quicker than the eye and right click: poof! bye bye.
    Good practice, and a lot safer, would be to create a TEMP Folder and call it something like MY TEST APPS, or something like that, and place it either on your desktop for quick access, or wherever else you know you can easily find it. But that's just me. :)
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Re: Using Recycle Bin as a "Temp Folder"...

    Think maybe you have slightly misunderstood his point. You put them in the recycle bin, run your program, if no errors occur, then those files may be safe to delete. If you make a TEMP folder then test that way there is 1 unnecessary step if you want to delete them. The Recycle Bin, unless you play around with shift + delete doesn't just empty itself on its own.
  13. Crybabytek

    Crybabytek TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Re: Using Recycle Bin as a "Temp Folder"...

    :eek: sorry 'bout that...
  14. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    SNGX, I have to agree with Crybabytek.

    It's easier than you think to go and delete files you don't want deleted...say he comes back later and dumps something into the bin and empties it...OOPS the other files are gone too.

    I remember when I was clearing a floppy in DOS and I forgot I was on the C drive. I said Delete *.* and DOS asked "are you sure Y/N?" Of course I'm sure! lost everything on the C drive.
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I'm not saying that was my view, I was trying to clear up what I interpreted to be crybabytek's misunderstanding of of JackieChanDude's method of using recycle bin as a temp.

    My method, a temp folder on the desktop.
  16. Crybabytek

    Crybabytek TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Once a glitch, twice a trend? This is the first thing that raised the red flag for me.
    The second red flag was "delete WINDOWS"

    It's been so long that I have almost forgotten what I said in the first instance. :-[ Besides it would seem that your problem has been solved, Jackie.

    I don't always check to see what files are in the recycle bin and I have been known - oops - to empty the recycle bin only to discover that - oops - I also deleted stuff that was part of other stuff and hitting delete on the recycle bin too quickly can lead to some interesting problems.

    I was simply suggesting that with 50 +- files, in there that just maybe it would be "safer" to create a new folder and name it whatever you want and put it wherever you want - so that nothing gets accidently deleted cause the proverbial moving fingers write and having writ moves on...poof! gone bye bye. I just said "Temp" as an e.g.

    I'm here to learn as much as I am to put my two Cdn. cents in the fray. :) not because I'm an expert.
  17. ComLock

    ComLock TS Rookie


    On my machine a reboot did in fact not fix the problem.
    I turned out to be a corrupt file in my Recycle Bin.
    First you have to make visible all the files in Recycle Bin:

    On NTFS disks
    cd \RECYCLER
    attrib -R -A -S -H /S /D

    On FAT32 disks
    cd \Recycled
    attrib -R -A -S -H /S /D

    As soon the corrupted file was visible I got a message from windows:

    Found corrupt files in Recycled Bin
    please run chkdsk, so I did

    chkdsk /F /R /X

    I emptied Recycled bin again, and voila empty.
  18. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Well done. :)

    Its also possible to have a corrupted recycled folder, which you sort by going into the recovery console and deleting it, I believe.
  19. sel

    sel TS Rookie

    i been having the same problem but i don't know how to do complock step...so please some one help me...i have no idea what to do and my disk space is really low now....
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