Recycle Bin not emptying. RRS feed

  • Question

  • One of my hard drives seemed awfully full, even after emptying the recycle bin.

    Eventually, I found in the Recycle Bin a SECOND Recycle Bin, with a padlock against it.   Inside that, there was a "file" called S-1-15-some great long number.   I right-clicked that, then Ctrl- Delete.  

    The machine took several minutes to delete what it told me were over 15,000 items using 3GB of drive space.   I have no idea what they were - the names flashed past too fast to read them, but what's happening?   What are these "hidden" files in the Recycle Bin that won't recycle?  

    Is this a "feature" or a "bug"?   Or am I doing something wrong?   The machine seems to work just fine since I deleted them.
    Saturday, August 8, 2009 9:33 PM

All replies

  • The recycle bin occasionally gets corrupted. Somtimes the system alerts the user but often not. This has bean happening on every version of windows I have used so far and for me the only solution is the one you just used.
    Sunday, August 9, 2009 8:20 PM
  • Thanks, yes, that's what I thought.   But this evening another file has appeared in the recycle bin, called S-1-5-21-1417001333-1123561945-1801674531-1003
    It seems to be a folder, although the bin calls it a file, and "properties" shows it as 53MB in size, containing 230 files in 6 folders.

    I've deleted it - although it proved particularly resilient:  I had to chase it down the drive structure to the end before I could get rid of it.
    Sunday, August 9, 2009 8:39 PM
  • Those are system files and should definatley be there. If you know for sure the bin is corrupt you can just delete all the replicated files and folders.

    Sunday, August 9, 2009 8:43 PM
  • Hi,


    Based on my knowledge, this situation is not a feature or bug. This sub folder is another account Recycle Bin in the computer.


    If you delete these files, another account recycle bin will be emptied.



    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:29 AM
  • Intriguing!   There's only one active account on both machines.   Anyway, I deleted all the surplus Recycle Bins, and eventually they stayed gone.   Could it be that Windows updates are causing this, being installed by something that isn't "me"?
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7:54 PM
  • Recycle bin creates system folders depending on the number of partitions and OS systems installed. No worries.

    Wednesday, August 12, 2009 5:28 AM
  • Everyone, I believe I see the issue, and have tried this a few times to verify.

    In my case, it is One Note.

    It started happening to me once I started using One Note

    I write code and copy it to another machine, and then to one note.

    I delete one note files on machine 1.

    Then these files end up in the recycle bin on machine 2

    I empty recycle bin on machine 2, and they just return. You can watch them return, just open recycle bin, delete the files and wait. They just start appearing.

    As soon as I deleted everything in One Note, the recycle bin stayed empty.....

    Well, until the next time, not sure of the issue behind why it is happening.

    No more time to fool with this, but it should be easy enough to get One Note to break like this.

    Just add, delete, add, delete, on both machines and it should start failing.

    You will know when you empty recycle bin on 2<sup>nd</sup> machine and they come back.

    Hope it helps! 

    Richard Loba

    Friday, November 11, 2016 7:37 PM