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Deleted files not going into recycle bin

by denjones / April 21, 2009 7:28 AM PDT

When I delete files, I expect them to go into the recycle bin. What happens, though, the files are deleted and it seems like the recycle bin is bypassed. I check the settings in the recycle bin properties and the option "Do not move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" is not checked. I've ran CCleaner, Malwarebytes - Anti Malware, and Avast! to check for problems but all are clean. I don't seem to have any other problems.

Any ideas?


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RE: Deleted files not going into recycle bin
by C_Jones / April 21, 2009 7:39 AM PDT

Are the files you're deleting coming off your hard drive, or are you deleting them off of some removable media (flash drive, CD, etc.)

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My bad...
by denjones / April 21, 2009 11:41 AM PDT

I should have been more specific. They are coming off of the the hard drive. I'm running XP Pro.


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by C_Jones / April 21, 2009 12:10 PM PDT
In reply to: My bad...

I would print this before starting.

The only thing, I can think of is:
1. To check the "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove Files immediately when deleted" box (I'm going to call this "the box" from now on), and click "Apply" first then "Ok"
2. Restart your computer
3. Make a notepad file (actually type something)
4. Save it
5. Delete it
6. Go back to the box
7. Uncheck it, click "Apply" first then "Ok"
8. Restart the computer
9. Make another notepad file (still typing something)
10. Save it
11. Delete it

After step 11, if it is still not moving files to the Bin, then I don't know what else to do. This is what I would've done. Just be sure what you're deleting is what you want to delete.

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Pick an answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 12:19 PM PDT
In reply to: My bad...
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by C_Jones / April 21, 2009 12:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Pick an answer.

That could work.

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Nothing works yet.
by denjones / April 21, 2009 1:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Pick an answer.

I've tried CJones suggestion and still all deleted files bypass the recycle bin. I've followed Bob's suggestion, went to Elder Geek and looked at the registry. Everything is as it should be, still no resolution. I'll look at the other sites listed by Google.

Thanks for the ideas


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There is/was an issue when Symantec software was involved.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 9:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Nothing works yet.

And there is no fix for the command line deletes.

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Re: Nothing works yet.
by Tufenuf / April 22, 2009 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Nothing works yet.

Denny, Go to the link below and scroll down to Line 64 (right column) and click on "Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

It may correct the problem.


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Still nothing
by denjones / April 22, 2009 7:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Nothing works yet.

I added the .reg file to the registry and still get the same results. I've tired deleting files using the delete key/file-delete/shift-delete and all give the same results.

Any more thoughts?


I am running CCleaner but did not see any option to bypass the delete bin in CCleaner.

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deleted files not going into recycle bin
by Kathyx / April 24, 2009 2:44 PM PDT

Had the same problem...Just go to the recycle bin , click on properties and increase the size there...I moved mine to 40 and now I see all my files there before I empty the bin...Hope this helps..Kath

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Thanks for the suggestion, but....
by denjones / April 25, 2009 1:37 PM PDT

Still no go. I played with all sizes from 1% to 40% w/o success.

Any other ideas?


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Re: Thanks for the suggestion, but....
by Tufenuf / April 25, 2009 11:46 PM PDT
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Thought I'd share the solution
by denjones / April 29, 2009 11:47 AM PDT

I found a solution. Thought it would be appropriate to share my solution in case others run into this situation.

Booted up in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Changed the attrib of the recycler (attrib -s -h recycler)
deleted the recycler (del recycler)

When I rebooted, Windows XP recreated the recycle bin and it is working as it should.


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Recycle Bin
by sirpaul1 / May 4, 2009 4:04 PM PDT

First check if 'shift' key is sticking.

Then check :

Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
Value Name: NoRecycleFiles
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = enabled restriction, 0 = disabled restriction)

You would want it to read '0'

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Uncheck "Display delete confirmation dialog."
by polikoffa / January 4, 2012 11:02 PM PST

Right click on the recycle bin. Click on properties. Uncheck "Display delete confirmation dialog." Click on Apply. Click on OK.

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