Windows 10 Home does not empty recycle bin

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  1. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Windows 10 Home does not empty recycle bin


    I successfully upgraded from Windows 8.1 to 10 last week.
    For the 1st time since the upgrade, I tried emptying my recycle bin. However, it *appears* to fail, in that the dialog box that pops up shows "Discovered 0 items (0 bytes)" indefinitely. More details shows the useless "Time remaining: Calculating" message, and nothing useful.
    The dialog box has been doing this for 2 hours; nothing has changed. It's neither discovered anything nor progressed. I am able to cancel the dialog box, but when I retry, it goes back to "discovering 0 bytes".
    Windows 10 Home does not empty recycle bin-screenshot1.jpg
    I'm on a pretty powerful Dell Inspiron 15R, 16GB RAM, Intel i7 CPU, 1 TB HDD, that's now running Windows 10 Home, 64-bit.
    Any thoughts?
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  2. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello Kunalashar, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    If you haven't already, restart the PC, and see if you area able to empty the Recycle Bin afterwards.

    If that doesn't work, then you could see if doing the tutorial below may help.

    Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder
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  3. Posts : 441
    Windows 10
       #3

    kunalashar said:
    I successfully upgraded from Windows 8.1 to 10 last week.
    For the 1st time since the upgrade, I tried emptying my recycle bin. However, it *appears* to fail, in that the dialog box that pops up shows "Discovered 0 items (0 bytes)" indefinitely. More details shows the useless "Time remaining: Calculating" message, and nothing useful.
    The dialog box has been doing this for 2 hours; nothing has changed. It's neither discovered anything nor progressed. I am able to cancel the dialog box, but when I retry, it goes back to "discovering 0 bytes".
    Windows 10 Home does not empty recycle bin-screenshot1.jpg
    I'm on a pretty powerful Dell Inspiron 15R, 16GB RAM, Intel i7 CPU, 1 TB HDD, that's now running Windows 10 Home, 64-bit.
    Any thoughts?
    Sorry no thoughts on fixing that problem mine works fine however a work around may be to install CCleaner that will empty your recycle bin.
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  4. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Brink said:
    If you haven't already, restart the PC, and see if you area able to empty the Recycle Bin afterwards.
    Thank you Brink/Administrator.
    I had already rebooted my system.

    Brink said:
    If that doesn't work, then you could see if doing the tutorial below may help.
    Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder
    My laptop has 2 drives, C: and F:. The RD command works on the Recycle Bin of C: (control returns to the command prompt immediately), but does not work on the Recycle Bin of F:. As before, the command prompt seems to have hung or gone to sleep when running RD /S /Q F:\$RECYCLE.BIN

    PS: My F: Recycle bin has just 305 KB of files to be cleaned. It has 365 GB free space.
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  5. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Bazz said:
    Sorry no thoughts on fixing that problem mine works fine however a work around may be to install CCleaner that will empty your recycle bin.
    Ironically, Bazz, I uncovered the problem when I tried running CCleaner. It seemed to hang when emptying the recycle bin. That's when I stopped it, tried to manually clear the bin using Windows 10 OS, which too, hung. That's when I posted this thread.
    I just initiated a CHKDSK. Let's see how that goes.
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  6. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #6

    Is the F: drive one that you can format after copying the data somewhere else temporarily?
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  7. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I don't know if this is relevant, but the reason that I wanted to clean out my recycle bin was because my laptop has been taking ages to come out of hibernation or reboot after the upgrade to Windows 10.
    Immediately after the upgrade, it was blazingly fast. Now, it's slower than molasses in winter. That's when I tried running CCleaner, but it couldn't clean the recycle bin.
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  8. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Yes, I could. It's my last option if all else fails.
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  9. Posts : 441
    Windows 10
       #9

    kunalashar said:
    Ironically, Bazz, I uncovered the problem when I tried running CCleaner. It seemed to hang when emptying the recycle bin. That's when I stopped it, tried to manually clear the bin using Windows 10 OS, which too, hung. That's when I posted this thread.
    I just initiated a CHKDSK. Let's see how that goes.
    Ahh so to recap you can empty the recycle bin for files on the C drive but not for the other drives. If this is the case can you allow to see hidden files and folders and delete the recycler folder on the other drive, not sure this will help but worth a shot before you format.
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  10. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Bazz said:
    Ahh so to recap you can empty the recycle bin for files on the C drive but not for the other drives. If this is the case can you allow to see hidden files and folders and delete the recycler folder on the other drive, not sure this will help but worth a shot before you format.
    Delete too does notwork; on F:, even running rmdir /q /s on F:\$RECYCLE.BIN through an elevated command prompt behaves as before - simply does nothing, and seems to hang.
    And the CHKDSK too failed, with the same behavior. When running CHKDSK on F:, it halts at 12%, and remains there indefinitely.
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