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Mysterious recycle bin

Postby stratobuddy » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:13 am

I have been doing a lot of housekeeping on some external disk drives, deleting redundant files.

Each time I delete one, it says something like "Do you really want to send this file to the recycle bin?"

I click "yes" and a progress window pops up showing the file going into the recycle bin (some of them are large video files).

Every now and then I go into the recycle bin to empty it, but there is nothing in it!

When I delete files from my INTERNAL disk, they DO end up in the recycle bin, so I thought perhaps the external disks had their own recycle bins, but I can't find any.

Can anyone explain this?
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Re: Mysterious recycle bin

Postby Katie » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:06 am

Sorry, no, I can't. Why? Did you delete something by accident?
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Re: Mysterious recycle bin

Postby stratobuddy » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:15 pm

Katie wrote:Sorry, no, I can't. Why? Did you delete something by accident?


No, but my system disk is so full that I don't want much stuff in the recycle bin, so I keep going into it to delete stuff only to find there is nothing there.

I'm surprised that you didn't suggest Clinque chocolate ice lipstick as the solution :wink: .
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Re: Mysterious recycle bin

Postby silvers » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:09 pm

My understanding is that an external hard drive uses your normal PC recycle bin.
Maybe you have your recycle bin set to automatically delete everything in there?


on your Recycle bin icon, right click, then properties.
This will indicate whether you have your system set to automatically delete items.

Hope this helps ... :)
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Re: Mysterious recycle bin

Postby stratobuddy » Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:53 pm

Thanks - I've been playing around with this and on one of the tabs it appears that my external disks do have 10% of their space set aside for a recycle bin, but I can't find one anywhere on the disks.

It is not set to automatically delete the files, nor to bypass the bin and just delete files.

Every now and then, a very large file gets a message something like "this file is too large for the recycle bin, do you want to delete it completely?" This implies that the others are going to a recycle bin somewhere.
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Re: Mysterious recycle bin

Postby silvers » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:39 pm

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 303AAQ7cRI


I came across this which might help you.

Unfortunately I am amongst the ID 10 T people so I haven't a clooooo what it means! :)
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Re: Mysterious recycle bin

Postby stratobuddy » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:17 pm

Thanks, I've now played around with this, and I now have independent recycle bins, but I still can't find them on my external drives.
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Re: Mysterious recycle bin

Postby Deanh2 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:24 am

They are classed as hidden, go to control panel, folder options and 'view hidden and system files, you will see them.

Only way to truly empty them is run a disk cleanup on the external drives.

Beware though as hidden files are hidden for a reason.
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Re: Mysterious recycle bin

Postby stratobuddy » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:50 am

Thanks Dean, I can now see a "recycled" folder and its contents on my external drive, so it is no longer mysterious. :)
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