Restoring Many Files from Recycle Bin


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       #1

    Restoring Many Files from Recycle Bin


    I'm stuck here - need some help.

    I have an external USB drive that I keep my music files on, and I decided I wanted to clean up the hundreds of systems files left behind from Mac OS X. They're everywhere on this USB drive and I wanted to remove them, since I work with hidden system files turned ON in Windows 10.

    I searched for all of these hidden files, and sent them to the Recycle Bin. There are SO MANY files that it literally chokes the best Dell Precision towers I work with when you open the Recycle Bin. I wanted to check one last time before I empty the Recycle Bin and make sure there isn't something I want to actually keep.

    But for some reason I can't seem to see these files in the Recycle Bin - it says "working on it" but nothing ever changes, even after hours of waiting. There is a green progress bar across the top, but it never ends and the files never appear listed in the window below.

    At this point I'm stuck and I can't empty the Recycle Bin and I can't restore these files. I suspect there are SO MANY files that the system can't list them or restore them.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.
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  2. CountMike's Avatar
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    W10+Developer Insider + Linux
       #2

    Well, Recycle bin is not meant as temporary storage and if on a removable device it could be quite slow. It's there only to guard against accidental deletion.
    If you want to empty it, try thru Disk Cleanup. Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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