[SOLVED] Recycle bin won't empty

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  1. moltres_rider

    moltres_rider

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    I cannot figure out what is wrong!!! I cannot get the recycle bin to empty!!! every time I click on "Empty Recycle Bin" nothing happens, it won't delet the fines in the recycle bin and it's hogging hard drive space!!!
    moltres_rider, Jul 20, 2012
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  2. moltres_rider

    davehc Microsoft MVP

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    Seems like your recycle bin is corrupted. The original (Microsoft) remedy for this is:
    1. Open a Command Prompt window. (Run as Administrator)
    2. Type the following command and press ENTER: rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

    This will empty the recycle bin folder from the C:\ partition. If you have more than one partition or HD, You may have to do this for each .
    If that does not do the trick, you can try Ccleaner, which incudes that function, or, longwinded, try the well known SFC /scannow to refresh all your Windows 7 files. This is time consuming, but very thorough. If you have been attacked in any way, the last will probably take care of it.
    davehc, Jul 20, 2012
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  3. moltres_rider

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    I left the recycle bin open all night and it emptied just fine this morning... I don't know what the issue was but it is fixed now...
    moltres_rider, Jul 20, 2012
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    Great. Weird Huh!
    davehc, Jul 21, 2012
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