Recycle Bin is really messed up...


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John Wirt

The help I got here restored the functionality of my Recycle Bin and I can
now see it, but there is a new problem..

I have four partitions on my first physical hard drive (drive 0). The
RECYCLER folder on the third drive (drive E:) has TWO recycle bins on it.
One of these recyccle bins has 0 bytes, as do the recycle bins in all of the
other RECYCLER folders on the other drives. The second one: has
1.7gigabytes and 17,000 files in it! Except when I open this recycle bin
there are no files in it. What is this thing and how can I get rid of it
(and restore the disk space?).

When I delete any files from any drive, they appear in BOTH of these bins
but there are still no other files in the second bin..

The folder with 1.7gb is "named,"
S-1-5-21-329068152-2052111302-839522115-500. The recycle bin that has zero
bytes in it, and the single recycle bins on all of the other drives, are
named, S-1-5-21-448539723-746137067-725345543-500.

I am using a program called MirrorFolder to backup all four partitions in
real time to a second physical hard drive in my machine. The Recycler folder
on the mirror of drive E:, which is drive K:, has only one recycle bin in
RECYCLER and it has the same number of files in it as the recycle bins on
all of the other drives (either 0 files, if the RECYCLER has been emptied,
or some number of files equal to the number of files have been deleted since
the last empty operatoin).

At one time a couple of weeks ago, I happened onto a folder view of the root
directorty of the E: drive that described the second recycle bin as being
"full," while the other one either said, "Empty," or had some value such as
<.1mb.

How can I get rid of this strange recycle bin on drive E: with 1.7gb in it.

John Wirt
 
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Dave Patrick

That's expected behavoir on an NTFS formatted drive. You'll have one for
each user's SID within the recycler folder.

The recycle bin may contain a corrupt, or otherwise incorrect information
file. If format is FAT, then from a command prompt change to the recycler
directory, then do a dir to see what files you might find and delete any
files found, then
attrib -h info*
this should unhide the info* file that stores the information about the
original location of deleted files in the recycle bin. Delete this file.

If format is NTFS then change to the recycler directory then change to the
hidden directory named for your SID (this can be found from within Explorer,
(by expanding the recycler folder). Then
attrib -h info*
this should unhide the info* file that stores the information about the
original location of deleted files in the recycle bin. Delete this file.
Then the next time you move files to the recycle bin another hidden info
file will be created.

Another option is to delete only the info or info2 file (in the recycler
dir) and then restart the pc, then a new and correct information file will
be created in the recycler directory.

--
Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

:
| The help I got here restored the functionality of my Recycle Bin and I can
| now see it, but there is a new problem..
|
| I have four partitions on my first physical hard drive (drive 0). The
| RECYCLER folder on the third drive (drive E:) has TWO recycle bins on it.
| One of these recyccle bins has 0 bytes, as do the recycle bins in all of
the
| other RECYCLER folders on the other drives. The second one: has
| 1.7gigabytes and 17,000 files in it! Except when I open this recycle bin
| there are no files in it. What is this thing and how can I get rid of it
| (and restore the disk space?).
|
| When I delete any files from any drive, they appear in BOTH of these bins
| but there are still no other files in the second bin..
|
| The folder with 1.7gb is "named,"
| S-1-5-21-329068152-2052111302-839522115-500. The recycle bin that has
zero
| bytes in it, and the single recycle bins on all of the other drives, are
| named, S-1-5-21-448539723-746137067-725345543-500.
|
| I am using a program called MirrorFolder to backup all four partitions in
| real time to a second physical hard drive in my machine. The Recycler
folder
| on the mirror of drive E:, which is drive K:, has only one recycle bin in
| RECYCLER and it has the same number of files in it as the recycle bins on
| all of the other drives (either 0 files, if the RECYCLER has been emptied,
| or some number of files equal to the number of files have been deleted
since
| the last empty operatoin).
|
| At one time a couple of weeks ago, I happened onto a folder view of the
root
| directorty of the E: drive that described the second recycle bin as being
| "full," while the other one either said, "Empty," or had some value such
as
| <.1mb.
|
| How can I get rid of this strange recycle bin on drive E: with 1.7gb in
it.
|
| John Wirt
|
|
|
|
|
 

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