Recycle Bin Acting Weird

By EXCellR8 ยท 4 replies
Dec 18, 2009
  1. So this is a first, meaning I've never seen this happen before. My Windows XP recycle bin icon on the desktop shows there is something contained, yet when I access it there's nothing there. If I click Empty Recycle Bin I get "Are you sure you want to delete WINDOWS?" If I click "Yes" i get an error reading "Cannot delete Dd9: Access is denied." What the hell is that? After I exit the error message i hear the sound that indicates something has been deleted but the bin appears full.

    I've tried moving a blank text document into the bin and then deleting it, but it still says 2 files instead of what is visible (1 file) and the Dd9 error comes up again, followed by the deletion sound. Any ideas as to what could be happening? It's sort of strange...
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    you might try
    1) Running chkdsk /f first in case it's a filesystem integrity issue or
    2) Try deleting recycler contents yourself (e.g. for one approach, see here)
  3. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Topic Starter Posts: 1,835

    ^I don't really understand what that's telling me to do...

    Do I make a batch file with that whole for %%n in (C D E F G H Z) do rd /s /q %%n:\recycled or is there a simpler way?

    [EDIT]: Batch file failed miserably, and CCleaner didn't fix it either... going to try chkdsk on next boot up
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Start > Run > CMD > ok

    On the command prompt type in: rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin then press the Enter key

    Then Restart

    Note: Replace C: with any other drive/partition letter that you also have installed
  5. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Topic Starter Posts: 1,835

    Seems to have worked... cool.

    Thanks guys :grinthumb
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