Windows 10: recycle bin wont empty

  1.    22 Sep 2016 #1

    recycle bin wont empty


    my recycle bin has a ton of stuff in it ,so when i try to empty it it shows the progressin bar but it just says 0 mb . so it wont get rid of the old files in it .
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  2. Posts : 20,731
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       22 Sep 2016 #2

    Hello Musky,

    You might see if using the tutorial below to delete the $Recycle.bin file of each affected drive may help to repair the Recycle Bin.

    Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder
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  3.    22 Sep 2016 #3

    did not work ,im running win 10 the bin shows 9.98 gb full.

    when i go to c drive i dont see recycle bin anywhere??
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  4.    22 Sep 2016 #4

    Dear Musky:
    If you can't see $Recycle.Bin in File Explorer, there's probably a simple explanation. You need to dash into "File Explorer Options" and make sure under the View tab, that "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" is selected like this:
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    That should do it!
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  5. Posts : 20,731
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       22 Sep 2016 #5

    Yep, you'll need to make sure that you have done step 5 in OPTION ONE below first to be able to see the hidden $Recycle.bin system file.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9...a.html#option1
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  6.    22 Sep 2016 #6

    Show hidden files, folders, and drives" is selected..i still see no folder in c drive
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  7. Posts : 20,731
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       22 Sep 2016 #7

    Did you also uncheck the Hide protected operating system files box from step 5 in Option One above?
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