What is $recycle.bin ?

By gbhall
Feb 1, 2009
  1. I've done virtually nothing to my XP-pro system (ahem) except install Windows 7 beta on a second hard drive. Now every drive in XP-pro (i.e. partition) has a new folder called $RECYCLE.BIN.

    I assume (hope) this is MS in their almighty wisdom choosing to change the recycle bin store from the good ol' RECYCLE we know and love all these years......and not a nasty??
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Found this on a quick Google search:

    There is a hidden recycle bin folder for every drive.
    You can delete the corrupted one by typing the following into an elevated command prompt

    rd /s /q D:\$Recycle.bin

    Where D is the letter of the drive you want to delete it from
    Restart once complete

    Also found this FYI random stuff whilst searching:

    Recycle Bin Registry key, in Windows7



    Found an excellent page at MS, that you can download a "Fix It" tool, to fix missing Recycle Bin, for Xp and Vista :)
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,431   +77

    Thanks Kimsland - worked ok

    But start Windows 7 again, and they are all back ! Seems I was right first time. Not only that, restore directories ALSO appear on all partitions on the drive Win7 is installed on. Not a problem, but more 'nanny knows best' from MS.
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