Cant view deleted files in Windows 10 Recycle bin Solved

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  1. Ztruker's Avatar
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       10 Jul 2018 #11

    Why use Linux which is totally foreign to most Windows users when we have a great tool in Kyhi's rescus ISO available:

    See here: Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk from KYHI
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  2.    11 Jul 2018 #12

    If you aren't interested in what is in the recycle bin on a particular drive you can just delete $RECYCLE.BIN. This will remove all recycle bin files for all (existing and old) users. Windows will then make a new clean one.

    windows 7 - How to delete $RECYCLE.BIN folder on external hard disk? - Super User

    You don't need to boot into another OS just show system files (see link above), take ownership (tutorial below), give yourself authority (tutorial below) and delete it.

    Like this from elevated command prompt (tutorial below) enter the commands in red (changing D to whatever drive)
    Code:
    D:\>takeown /F "D:\$RECYCLE.BIN"
    
    SUCCESS: The file (or folder): "D:\$RECYCLE.BIN" now owned by user "X201\Hali".
    
    D:\>icacls  "D:\$RECYCLE.BIN" /grant "%USERDOMAIN%\%USERNAME%":(F) /t
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-18
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1001
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1003
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1004
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1007
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1009
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-500
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-4288374429-3730424798-2125923970-1002
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-4288374429-3730424798-2125923970-1003
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-18\desktop.ini
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1001\desktop.ini
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1003\desktop.ini
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1004\desktop.ini
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1007\desktop.ini
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-1009\desktop.ini
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2455005471-2045745958-4013020612-500\desktop.ini
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-4288374429-3730424798-2125923970-1002\desktop.ini
    processed file: D:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-4288374429-3730424798-2125923970-1003\desktop.ini
    Successfully processed 19 files; Failed processing 0 files
    
    D:\>rmdir "D:\$RECYCLE.BIN" /S /Q
    
    D:\>
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    If you then look you'll see Windows makes a new one (empty, zero bytes) automatically for only the current user and without all the other stuff that was there before:
    Code:
    D:\>dir /a "D:\$RECYCLE.BIN"
     Volume in drive D has no label.
     Volume Serial Number is 646D-8050
    
     Directory of D:\$RECYCLE.BIN
    
    11/07/2018  10:45    <DIR>          .
    11/07/2018  10:45    <DIR>          ..
    11/07/2018  10:45    <DIR>          S-1-5-21-4288374429-3730424798-2125923970-1002
                   0 File(s)              0 bytes
                   3 Dir(s)  17,272,504,320 bytes free
    
    D:\>
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  3.    11 Jul 2018 #13

    Hi Ztruker, Berton : I looked at the Linux Mint option but didn't have the confidence to proceed, however, I followed Ztrukers advice and made a copy of the Kyhi's rescue ISO and booted in to it and it opened up a new desktop. My next question, I can see the drive I want to remove to format, do I now right click on this and take the format option to totally remove all files including the old operating system.
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  4. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 1809 17763.134
       11 Jul 2018 #14

    The drive probably has multiple partitions on it if it was previously a Windows OS drive. I would open Disk Management (WIndows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter) and remove all partitions on that specific drive leaving it a completely raw drive, then create a single new partition on it and format that partition.

    This will work from KYHI's rescue ISO.
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  5.    12 Jul 2018 #15

    Hi Ztruker, the problem is now resolved, I successfully removed all the partitions and reformated the hard drive using the KYHI's rescue ISO disk. Thanks for all your help also to the other people who offered advice.
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 1809 17763.134
       12 Jul 2018 #16

    Glad you got it done. Take care.
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