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error message: recycle bin is corrupted

    Question

  • Has anybody else seen this message and is there a fix for it? I am getting this infrequently for about 2 days now.

    splash screen reads: recycle bin is corrupted, empty recycle bin now

    platform: Windows 7 RC 64 bit

    Thanks....

    Saturday, July 11, 2009 7:53 PM

Answers

  • On which partition the Recycle Bin is corrupt? For example, if Recycle Bin on C drive is corrupt, you may follow the steps below to delete Recycle Bin.

    1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
    2. Type the following command and press ENTER:

    rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

    3. Close the Command Prompt window.

    The following website may be referred.

    Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder - Vista Forums 


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    • Marked as answer by Olli2 Monday, July 13, 2009 5:20 PM
    Monday, July 13, 2009 7:03 AM
    Moderator
  • You need to run the command in command prompt with administrator privilege.
    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    • Marked as answer by Olli2 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:34 PM
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:34 AM
    Moderator
  • Thx. Worked. Wasn't paying attention the first time.
    • Marked as answer by Olli2 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:34 PM
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:33 PM

All replies

  • On which partition the Recycle Bin is corrupt? For example, if Recycle Bin on C drive is corrupt, you may follow the steps below to delete Recycle Bin.

    1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
    2. Type the following command and press ENTER:

    rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

    3. Close the Command Prompt window.

    The following website may be referred.

    Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder - Vista Forums 


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    • Marked as answer by Olli2 Monday, July 13, 2009 5:20 PM
    Monday, July 13, 2009 7:03 AM
    Moderator
  • I loged on as administrator but still get the Access Denied prompt when excecuting the comand.
    Monday, July 13, 2009 5:23 PM
  • You need to run the command in command prompt with administrator privilege.
    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    • Marked as answer by Olli2 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:34 PM
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:34 AM
    Moderator
  • Thx. Worked. Wasn't paying attention the first time.
    • Marked as answer by Olli2 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:34 PM
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:33 PM
  • I have the same problem but it wont let me fix it this way.  I have an eleveated command prompt open and I type rd /s /q d:\$recycle.bin I hit enter and I get 5 access is denied lines.  

     

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~1 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~2 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~3 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-3f32~1 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~4 - Access is denied.

     

    What am i doing wrong and how do I fix it?  BTW i am running windows 7 pro 64bit and I am the built in administrator.  I can post a screen shot if that would make it easier.

    Roth

    Sunday, May 23, 2010 8:57 PM
  • I have the same problem but it wont let me fix it this way.  I have an eleveated command prompt open and I type rd /s /q d:\$recycle.bin I hit enter and I get 5 access is denied lines.  

     

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~1 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~2 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~3 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-3f32~1 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~4 - Access is denied.

     

    What am i doing wrong and how do I fix it?  BTW i am running windows 7 pro 64bit and I am the built in administrator.  I can post a screen shot if that would make it easier.

    Roth

    You need to right click Command Prompt and select "Run As Administrator".
    • Proposed as answer by Pornay Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:56 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Pornay Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:57 AM
    Sunday, August 08, 2010 3:23 PM
  • I have the same problem but it wont let me fix it this way.  I have an eleveated command prompt open and I type rd /s /q d:\$recycle.bin I hit enter and I get 5 access is denied lines.  

     

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~1 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~2 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~3 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-3f32~1 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~4 - Access is denied.

     

    What am i doing wrong and how do I fix it?  BTW i am running windows 7 pro 64bit and I am the built in administrator.  I can post a screen shot if that would make it easier.

    Roth

    You need to right click Command Prompt and select "Run As Administrator".
    hey pls follow http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/131294-recycle-bin-corrupted-cannot-delete-file-folder.html and chk the second step and take the ownership of the recycle bin folder....
    • Proposed as answer by Pornay Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:58 AM
    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:57 AM
  • Hi,

    I also got same problem with sp1 and without sp1 also tried. No Luck:)

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~1 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~2 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~3 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-3f32~1 - Access is denied.

    d:\$recycle.bin\S-1-5-~4 - Access is denied.

    same message any one pls help!!


    Vijay Kumar
    Friday, June 17, 2011 1:34 PM
  • Many thanks for this, I have been getting recycle bin corrupt for ages and tried everything to sort it out. This works a treat - no more annoying messages.
    Friday, August 05, 2011 1:58 PM
  • I have this problem from installing windows 7 over an old system without reformatting the drive.  Still can't delete files but got rid of the annoying message by renaming the recycle bin.  From command prompt (running as administrator) I did this

    rename c:\$Recycle.Bin RecycleCorrupted

     


    Joseph Nielsen
    • Proposed as answer by joezen777 Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:02 AM
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:01 AM
  • Also eventually got rid of this by reformatting my drive after backing up through creating a VHD of my system.  The funny thing is those corrupt or invalid files will still mess up the MFT of your VHD so that you can't compact it unless you're lucky enough that none of the sectors are near the edges of the VHD.  
    Joseph Nielsen
    Saturday, October 01, 2011 2:25 PM
  • I have a same problem of you, but long path tool help me in this situation. So you can download a latest version of “Long Path Tool" for solve this problem.

    Sunday, October 14, 2012 4:08 PM
  • I have similar message, whenever boot the computer, or click on the Recycle Bin.

    "The Recycle Bin on C:\ is corrupted. Do you want to empty the Recycle Bin for this drive?"

    When I click Yes, nothing happens. I followed the instructions to run the "rd" command as administrator, I get the following error message:

    "$Recycle.bin\S-1-5~1 - The directory is not empty"

    Thursday, July 04, 2013 3:08 PM
  • I have similar message, whenever boot the computer, or click on the Recycle Bin.

    "The Recycle Bin on C:\ is corrupted. Do you want to empty the Recycle Bin for this drive?"

    When I click Yes, nothing happens. I followed the instructions to run the "rd" command as administrator, I get the following error message:

    "$Recycle.bin\S-1-5~1 - The directory is not empty"

    As do I. I have created a file in the directory and then ran the command and I do not receive this message again. I assume this is because the command only works on the recycle bin if there is data there.
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:56 PM