If your Recycle Bin is corrupted, you can face various problems when using it. The Recycle Bin may not show the files that you may have been deleted from your File Explorer, or you may be unable to delete the files in it – or even empty the Recycle Bin completely. At times you may even receive an Access Denied message.
When you try to delete a file or folder, you get a box that says:
“The Recycle Bin on <drive letter>:\ is corrupted. Do you want to empty the Recycle
Bin for this drive?”
Each drive on Windows, has a hidden and protected system folder called as $Recycle.bin.
If you use the Unhide option from the Folder Options, you will be able to see this folder. When you delete files or folders from you desktop or any other folder, they are moved to the Recycle Bin folder for holding. But you may face a problem where your Recycle Bin gets corrupted and you have to repair or reset it.
Open the command prompt with Run as Administrator
and enter the following command.
|rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin|
This command will reset the $Recycle.bin folder which is present on the C drive. You will have to do this for every partition on your hard disk, by replacing C with the drive letter/s.
Once you do this, the Recycle Bin folder and all the files and folders in it will be deleted. On computer restart, Windows will recreate a new Recycle Bin for you.
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