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How to empty undeletable files in recycle bin

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April 18, 2010 8:12:20 PM

I cannot totally empty my recycle bin , there are some undeletable files that when I tried to delete it some window pops out and say '' you cannot delete this file ''
April 18, 2010 8:38:13 PM

Have you tried starting Windows in Safe Mode and emptying the Recycle Bin in that mode? Startup your computer and immediately start tapping the F8 key until the Windows Startup Menu displays, select Safe mode.
April 19, 2010 5:11:36 PM

I've tried it on Safe Mode but still cannot delete it. It says " cannot remove folder df2481: access is denied "
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April 19, 2010 5:19:20 PM

Backup your files (if you don't already keep regular backups)

Click on the Start Button->Run and type CMD and press Enter

This will open up a Command Prompt Window

In this window type: chkdsk /r and press Enter Key

When it asks you if you want to schedule this check for the next time you start your computer type Y for yes and press Enter Key

Close the Command Prompt Window

Restart your computer and let it perform the disk check

When Windows gets to the Desktop, try Emptying the Recycle Bin again


Let me know how it goes.
April 19, 2010 6:43:01 PM

Again it doesn't work in "chkdsk/r "
April 19, 2010 7:38:52 PM

rafcord79 said:
Again it doesn't work in "chkdsk/r "




Are you putting a space in between the k and the / switch?


April 19, 2010 7:52:52 PM

Try Unlocker or GIPO Move On Boot..
April 19, 2010 9:18:09 PM

Ok rafcord79, time for drastic measures... well ok not so drastic, but I'm thinking that this will solve the issue.

You can take ownership of the C:\RECYCLER folder by right clicking on it and selecting the Security Tab->Advanced Button->Owner Tab and replace ownership on all subcontainers and objects, and give yourself full permissions and replace on children for the RECYCLER directory at the root of the disk.
* Note: If you are running XP Home, the Security Tab only shows up when you start your computer in Safe Mode.

Then just shift-delete the Recycle Folder (this bypasses the Recycle Bin).

The folder and recycle bin will be recreated the next time you try to delete something.

Incidentially I learned something new in troubleshooting this problem. In your stated access denied filename df2481, the d stands for deleted file and the f is the drive from which it was deleted appearantly. Do you have an F: drive?
April 23, 2010 11:07:01 PM

yes I have an F: drive which I used as slave . Those files actually comes from my F: drive and I just deleted it using The " unlocker " But when those files comes to the recycle bin , I cannot delete it. Thanks!
April 24, 2010 12:11:32 AM

Excellent! I think if you hold down the shift key while deleting a file, it will bypass the Recycle Bin. Might save you from having to use "Unlocker" in the future.

Cheers!
December 20, 2012 6:58:15 PM

rafcord79 said:
I cannot totally empty my recycle bin , there are some undeletable files that when I tried to delete it some window pops out and say '' you cannot delete this file ''


Try compressing unwanted files & folders.

See this:

http://i50.tinypic.com/a6z2d.png
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