Windows 10: Oddly named large file in recycle bin, safe to delete?

  1.    01 Jun 2016 #1

    Oddly named large file in recycle bin, safe to delete?


    Hello. I was recently trying to to free up some space on my computer using a program, WizTree, to find the largest files on the computer. I noticed a file (path is below), that was taking up a significant amount of space. Does this file serve a particular purpose, or is it safe to delete? Thank you for any possible help.

    File path:
    C:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-902421406-1498751020-2984849007-1007\.���002a0000000557400b5a8b81d53b1b45

    (On my screen, the question marks are squares)
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       01 Jun 2016 #2

    Look at Recycle Bin proper, not the folder structure

    If the original location was a TEMP folder - go ahead and empty RecycleBin

    It's probably part of an install pkg, hard to tell with just a numerical file name.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    01 Jun 2016 #3

    Slartybart said: View Post
    Look at Recycle Bin proper, not the folder structure

    If the original location was a TEMP folder - go ahead and empty RecycleBin

    It's probably part of an install pkg, hard to tell with just a numerical file name.
    The odd part is that the file is not showing in the actual recycle bin. When I empty the recycle bin, the file stays. That is what made me think it may have been an important file.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       01 Jun 2016 #4

    kungfushark said: View Post
    The odd part is that the file is not showing in the actual recycle bin. When I empty the recycle bin, the file stays. That is what made me think it may have been an important file.
    Ok, good information ...

    The easiest thing to do is to delete the entire $Recycle.Bin folder.
    Use Shift+delete to bypass sending it to the recycle bin

    It gets recreated automatically (at boot, or the next time you delete an object)

    My guess is that the file overran the Recycle.bin size and it's stuck in limbo.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    01 Jun 2016 #5

    Slartybart said: View Post
    Ok, good information ...

    The easiest thing to do is to delete the entire $Recycle.Bin folder.
    Use Shift+delete to bypass sending it to the recycle bin
    Ok, tried, but it says that the file is open in another program. I also tried restarting Windows Explorer from Task Manager, then deleting the folder, but to no avail.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    01 Jun 2016 #6

    Hi,

    Try redoing the same operation when rebooted in safe mode.


    Cheers,
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       01 Jun 2016 #7

    kungfushark said: View Post
    Ok, tried, but it says that the file is open in another program. I also tried restarting Windows Explorer from Task Manager, then deleting the folder, but to no avail.
    fdegrove said: View Post
    Hi,

    Try redoing the same operation when rebooted in safe mode.
    If what fdegrove suggested does not get you there, then boot into recovery
    Command Prompt at Boot - Open in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Your drive letter might have changed
    in the command prompt window enter

    diskpart
    lis vol
    exit

    That will tell you the drive letters

    cd to the driveLetter that has the errant file in $Recyle.bin

    attrib -s -h $Recycle.bin

    rmdir /s /q $Recycle.bin

    Restart your machine in normal mode
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    01 Jun 2016 #8

    Hi,

    If you don't mind I think a typo slipped in. Happens to me all the time.

    diskpart
    lis vol
    list vol

    Best,
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       01 Jun 2016 #9

    fdegrove said: View Post
    If you don't mind I think a typo slipped in. Happens to me all the time.
    list vol
    I don't mind at all - glad you caught what very well could have been a typo. I do make them all the time

    Just for reference though, most diskpart commands and objects can be abbreviated to the 1st 3 characters
    det(ail) dis(k), lis(t) par(tition), cre(ate) vol(ume) ...

    Commands that are not unique to 3 characters, such as att(ributes) and att(ach), must use more characters.

    Bill
    .
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    02 Jun 2016 #10

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this. I obviously had no idea some of these commands could be abbreviated.
    Should have:

    Cheers,
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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