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June 8, 2013 8:30:16 PM

I need help in getting the recycle bin to show deleted files. Since the files are not visible they cannot be restored. But I know they are there.

I know there are files in the recycle bin because I can see them when I run ccleaner. When I press the ‘Analyze’ button with the ‘Empty recycle bin’ set, I can see all the files I erased in the recycle bin, but cannot restore them from there, since ccleaner is designed to remove junk, not to restore them


What did I try:

From the command line (as administrator) I ran “rd /s /q/ [drive name:]\$recycle.bin” for drives C:, J: and L:. and still no fix. Occasionally I was able to delete a test file and momentarily visible in the recycle bin, until I refresh the screen with F5. Delete another file and then reopen the recycle bin, and then nothing there.

Neither McAfee, MSSE or Malwarebyte -Anti Malware are detecting anything wrong with my system.

My system is a Dell XPS 8300 running Windows 7 Home Premium.

More details and correction::
1. When I delete a file from J:, it IS visible in the recycle bin.
2. Files deleted from C: and L: are NOT visible in the recycle bin
3. J: is a FAT drive. Previously it was connected to an XP system
4. C: and L: are formatted as NTFS
5. Both J: and L: are external drives connected to USB ports of the system. However, both are identified as Local Drives rather than as removable drives.

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June 9, 2013 7:36:40 AM

Right click the Recycle Bin > Properties then unselect the option to delete files rather than moving to the Recycle Bin.


Edit - You cannot restore files if the original location of the file was on a removable drive that is not currently connected.
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June 9, 2013 10:54:37 AM

TenPc said:
Right click the Recycle Bin > Properties then unselect the option to delete files rather than moving to the Recycle Bin.


Edit - You cannot restore files if the original location of the file was on a removable drive that is not currently connected.


Sorry, TenPC, that's not it.

The option to delete files rather than moving to the Recycle Bin is not and was never selected.

And the behavior that I am describing applies to the C: drive as well as to J: and L:. Also I don't know what you mean by "You cannot restore files if the original location of the file was on a removable drive that is not currently connected."
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a b $ Windows 7
June 9, 2013 9:16:05 PM

If you have an external drive to which you delete some files, they would appear in your recycle bin but if you remove said extwernal drive then try to restore the delete items, they may or may not appear in the recycle bin and if they do, an error is generated because the source directory cannot be found (that being the removed external device.

There is another solution to your dilemma, I can't recall the proper details for it though. :( 
I'll add it later if I find it, it might be in one of the "Related Resources" at the bottom of this page.

If you deleted files by using the Shift + DEL option then those files don't go to the Recycle bin, per se, they are moved to the read/write section of the Recycle Bin temp folder that allows the space to be over-written when required.

If you are using the NumPad Del option (dot) then it could be that your deleted files are also going into the R/W section of Recycle bin and not Directly to the Recycle Bin viewing area....

When files are selected to be emptied from the Recycle Bin, they are moved to the R/W area that will eventually be populated by files when your hdd becomes more "populated" with files (overly full).

Emptied files can be somewhat recovered but only if other files have not already over-written that area. The recovered files might not even be legible or even open-uppable, depending on how much time has passed and the use of the PC.
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July 5, 2013 1:36:35 PM

Fixed, but not resolved.

Let me explain. I succeeded in getting the hidden deleted files to appear in the recycle bin. Connecting the External Lacie Minimus drive no longer causes the deleted files to be masked and hidden from the recycle bin.

What did it?
The Lacie Minimus drive “L:” came partitioned to include a volume called “Lacie Setup”. I assigned to it the drive letter “K:”. That FAT32 532MB drive was virtually fully used up. When Explorer was set to view hidden files, a set of files with names commencing with a “._” (period-underscore) became visible. These types of hidden files are indicative of the drive having been mounted to a MacOSX system. I deleted these files, and the content of the recycle bin reappeared. Why? I have no idea. These hidden files occupied the 24kb of free space and this possibly interfered with the mechanisms of the recycle bin.

Other possible actions that fixed the recycle bin problem.
I shrunk the NTFS volume on the Lacie Minimus creating unallocated space
I formatted the unallocated space as an exFAT volume. At this point the content of the recycle bin appeared. I had deleted the “*_” starting hidden files in the “lacie setup” drive at the same time.
I deleted the exFAT volume again, leaving the space unallocated. The content of the recycle bin did NOT disappear.

Based on the observation that the content of the recycle bin NOT disappearing after the deletion of the exFAT volume, I am crediting the deletion of the “*_” starting hidden files with fixing the problem, though I have no idea how these two aspects of the system are linked.

Having fixed the problem, why do I still say "not resolved"? Because I don't understand why the fix worked.

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