How change SID number to recover my Recycle Bin lost it with a new Windows7 installation in my computer. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I got a external hard drive, it means it has a individual Recycle Bin in F: Drive, separate it with the Recycle Bin of the computer in C: Drive.

    But my computer was installed with Windows 7 again after a reparation, and now has a new unique identifier called Security ID or SID. for example: S-1-5-21-3225745820-1949245524-1067675123-1000

    When I plugin the external drive the Recycle Bin looks empty, but the hard drive has the same space in megas used in the disk.

    And now the Recycle Bin folder located in the external hard drive which is linked to my previous SID number of Windows 7, is hidden. In "Folder Options" I unhide the protected files and i found the previous Recycle Bin folder with the SID number in it, but the names of the files has changed like $I0UFUJO, $I0U9PNS, $I1I2OMR, etc. and the original path file when was erased has dissapear.

    Please, let me know how to recover my previous Recycle Bin files with their original names and path location before was deleted, because I need to get some of those files and in their original location and delete the others to free space from the disk. I am using a Virtual Machine for doing that, just in case. Thanks.


    Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:44 PM


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  • Hi AlvarM,

    As far as I know, the file stays in the same place but its directory entry – the complete path and filename of the file – is removed and placed in a hidden folder called Recycled. (Note: If you have more than one drive in your computer, you’ll have a Recycled folder for each drive.) The file is then renamed. The original name and location of the file are stored in a hidden index file, may be called INFO2.

    Please refer to the link below to get more information about files restored from the recycle bin.

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Hope it will be helpful to you

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    • Marked as answer by AlvarM Sunday, February 19, 2017 10:40 PM
    Monday, February 13, 2017 8:52 AM
  • Hello Carl Fan.

    Thanks for the quick answer and the info, you are a charm. However I found  a way to get those files in these link:

    The files with their original path location are there, we can change the names of the files to their original names and location, but you have to do it manually one by one. And even recover and re-order files like the web pages who I am recovering right now, but takes a lot of time.

    The reason to hide the path and the files is for security design in the Recycle Bin, which the user LMiller7 explain it in this link:

    Thanks Carl and community. You give us the help which "friends" or even members from family doesn't want to give us.


    • Edited by AlvarM Sunday, February 19, 2017 10:38 PM
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:18 PM