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Clearing/Removing unwatned Recycle Bin Locations ($.recycle.bin) from Windows 7

by on Mar.18, 2014, under Techie

I had a case where my Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and Video folders had been mapped to a network share. After tuning this off I had odd issues when emptying the Recycling Bin. I found that even though I had thought I remapped them back to my C:\ drive Windows didn’t agree. You will know you have this problem if you right-click the Recycle Bin -> Properties and see more than the Local (C:) (or whatever drive it is) listed. Obviously if you want Bins on these other drives that is up to you, but if you wanted to remove them as I did, see below.

Try the following I found while searching forums:

  • Open the file explorer,
  • navigate to the share in question that has the recycle bin,
  • right click in the empty space,
  • click on “Properties”,
  • If there is a “Locations” tab at the top, go to that tab and click on “Restore Default” and press ok.

You might have to reboot, even though I didn’t.


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