Disabling RecycleBin does NOT delete current existing content?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by pstein, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. pstein

    pstein Honorable Member

    Mar 20, 2010
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    Assume I have an external hard disk with one (backup) partition which is currently mounted as drive Q:\

    Now I right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on my desktop, then select Properties--->Drive Q: and enable

    "Don't move files to the recycleBin. Remoive files immediately when deleted"

    Much to my surprise this switch does NOT delete currently existing stuff in RecycleBin of drive Q:\
    The toggeling applies only to future deletes.

    Can someone confirm this strange behaviour?

    How can I tell Win 7 to delete ALL currently existing files in RecycleBin of drive Q: ?

    Can I simply unhide "protected folders" in WinExplorer and delete all the files manually?

    Or is there a smarter way?

    How do I delete all files+folders fom all RECYCLEBINs from all partitions currently mounted?

  2. Neemobeer

    Neemobeer Windows Forum Team
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    Jul 4, 2015
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    This is normal behavior, and yes you can could unhide C:\$Recycle.Bin and delete the content inside, or run the Disk Cleanup utility and check the box next to Recycle Bin will also work.

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