Disabling RecycleBin does NOT delete current existing content?

pstein

Honorable Member
#1
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?

Peter
 


Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
#2
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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