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Windows 11 Windows disk holding onto deleted files | F:\$RECYCLE.BIN


New Member
Nov 5, 2021
Hi there!

Basically I was searching for certain file and by typing the filename I notice some deleted files appearing in the indexed search results, I open the file location and it's F:\$RECYCLE.BIN, to my surprise several folders and files that I've deleted from the desktop Recycle Bin some time ago are shown, and they are taking space on an already quite full disk, so I'm a bit annoyed by it.

I've tried the Disk Cleanup utility but it doesn't scan those hidden folders and files, thus 0 bytes are deleted. Am I supposed to just manually delete those?