1.    15 Sep 2017 #1
    Join Date : May 2016
    Posts : 40
    Windows 10

    If I delete a file, why doesn't it show up in C:/$Recycle.Bin ?


    I have noticed on both of my computers when I delete something, it doesn't show up in $Recycle.Bin even though I had hidden items viewable. Is this normal?

    Also, on my desktop, I have noticed that even if my recycle bin is empty, my MBAM threat scans started with C:\$Recycle.Bin. I also notice that various files from subfolders of the system folders are in this folder. Is this normal? (MBAM threat scans don't find anything wrong)
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    16 Sep 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 758
    Windows 7

    What you are seeing is normal.
    For security reasons the files in the Recycle.Bin folder are given random names. There is a separate subfolder for each user account, including built in accounts. This is to prevent looking at the files deleted by another user. They will be restored to the original name.

    There should be no reason for regular users to look in the Recycle.Bin folder. It is hidden for a reason. Many of the details of how the recycle bin works are officially undocumented and some of the details have changed over the years in different versions of Windows. Improper modification could corrupt it's contents and prevent recovery of files.

    BMAM scans the folder because it doesn't know it is empty until it has been fully examined.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    16 Sep 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 4,488
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    You're not mean to look in $RECYCLE.BIN, you're meant to use 'Recycle Bin'. The first is the folder that hold the index of deleted files for each user, the second is the your personal set of deleted files.

    Add or Remove Recycle Bin from Navigation Pane in Windows 10
      My ComputersSystem Spec

 


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Automatic refresh doesn't work in File Explorer, Desktop, Recycle etc.
I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. One of the greatest problems now is that whenever I use files and folders (moving, renaming, deleting...) there is NO automatic change in file explorer, desktop or recycle bin unless I refresh them...
Performance & Maintenance
File Explorer jump list doesn't consistently show location popups
Anyone else have this issue? When right-clicking File Explorer in the taskbar, a jump list appears, showing pinned and recent folders or locations. Mousing over these items should cause a small text popup to appear above the item that shows the...
General Support
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...
General Support
Recycle Bin(s) on External Hard Drives show Local Hard Drive Recycle
Greetings group. I have a 2 month old hard drive that failed on my desktop PC, taking My Documents with 7 years worth of data. I had just moved the folder to the new drive and hadn't gotten a chance to backup yet. I'm trying to check Recycle bins...
General Support
How to get system to show idiot box when I delete a file?
In the opposite way of how the system handles me trying to delete an EXE file, now the system just goes ahead and deletes without the standard idiot box asking me if I am sure I want to delete the file. This is quite dangerous as the Delete menu...
General Support
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:35.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums