Fix Corrupted Recycle Bin in Windows  

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  1. Posts : 52
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    Brink said: View Post
    You're command has been entered incorrectly. It should be this below instead.

    rd /s /q D:\$Recycle.bin
    The command entries are corrected as above but the results as follows:
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    In that case, you may need to format the D: drive to clear it.

    Be sure to backup everything on it to another drive first to be able to copy it back afterwards.
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    W10 primary, W7/W8.1 secondary

    That is going to take a looong time - 1.4TB data in.2TB drive. There is a backup drive which already inherited the pest.
    I will post back after the work done.
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    W10 primary, W7/W8.1 secondary

    I have done some experiments as follows and am still wondering if it is the data drive which is causing the problem.
    I swapped the system drive and found no error message when the system boots up. I changed it to another W10 system drive and still no error message.
    Three installed W10 systems are involved in this experiments. Versions of the W10s are all 1803. The above results seems pointing to the original W10 system.

    Question is if re-creating the data drive will fix the problem.

    Suggestion or comment appreciated.
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    It could since it would involve wiping the drive.
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    I was backing up five folders in the 2TB SSD. But a utility software reported a lot of errors indicating incomplete backup. I have been using this utility for many years and never had this much trouble.

    I remembered at this point that Linux can be used to get rid of any hard-to-delete folders and files on Windows. I dabbled Linux long times ago but tried it again. Miraculously, the pesky sub-folders in $RECYCLE.BIN are gone now and no more corrupted-recycle-bin message.

    Thanks for your trying to help me.
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    Great news.
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    After clearing $RECYCLE.BIN, "Recycle bin corrupted" message never happened. But after all, I had to wipe the SSD drive and started using it as a clean slate as you suggested.

    Problem was that security setting for the drive, sub-folders, . . . were messed up in random fashion. Whenever "Access denied" happened I had to reset the security for that folder . But the same problem recurred. This was the reason why I could not use a file utility to automatically backup the problem drive. Therefor, I had to painstakingly do copy-&-paste individual sub-folders while resetting security whenever necessary.

    I did not mention the above problem in any of my previous posts because I was not sure if the security issue was related to recycle bin problem. It might be tip of the iceberg.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    How to undo or reverse this command...?

    I followed the above instructions on a Windows 10 (Version 1803) computer, and unfortunately I am getting a lot of blue screens now.

    Is there any way to undo or reverse this command.....?

    Tried to do a System Restore but it did not work, the pop-up window is suggesting "chkdsk /R", but also no luck...

    Any suggestions....?

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    Hello @TravelMan,

    You must have done something else. The steps in the tutorial would not cause a BSOD.

    There's nothing to undo though. The deleted $Recycle.bin file automatically gets recreated.

    If you are still able to boot into Windows, you could try doing a repair install.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade | Tutorials
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