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Where does the Recycle Bin live?

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Where does the Recycle Bin live?
When I upgraded to Vista, I did some cleaning up on my D:, E:, F:, and G:
partitions, sending a lot of files to the Recycle Bin.

I then did a clean install of Vista on my C: partition. I also installed AVG
Anti-Virus. When AVG now runs, it discovers trojans in zip files in
F:\Recycled\... and G:\Recycled\......, which I would like to delete.
However, I can't find where these "old" recycled folders are. They don't
appear in Explorer, and I can't find them using DOS (although I can't look at
the C: partition because it's NTFS).

Would appreciate any pointers to how I can get at, and finally get rid of
these old files.

Martin
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RE: Where does the Recycle Bin live?
In XP, the recycle bin is a hidden system folder in the root of each drive
called RECYCLER.

If you open a command prompt in Windows and cd to the root of each drive,
type:
attrib -s -h -r recycler
This will cause that folder to be visible to dir in the command prompt, and
it will show up in Explorer.

Then, cd to recycler and type:
attrib -r -s -h *.*
This will cause any files in that folder that may have been hidden from the
command prompt and Windows to reappear.

You can then go in and delete files as you normally would.

Raivo

"Martin" wrote:

> When I upgraded to Vista, I did some cleaning up on my D:, E:, F:, and G:
> partitions, sending a lot of files to the Recycle Bin.
>
> I then did a clean install of Vista on my C: partition. I also installed AVG
> Anti-Virus. When AVG now runs, it discovers trojans in zip files in
> F:\Recycled\... and G:\Recycled\......, which I would like to delete.
> However, I can't find where these "old" recycled folders are. They don't
> appear in Explorer, and I can't find them using DOS (although I can't look at
> the C: partition because it's NTFS).
>
> Would appreciate any pointers to how I can get at, and finally get rid of
> these old files.
>
> Martin

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Old 02-28-2007
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RE: Where does the Recycle Bin live?
Many thanks, that did the trick (except, on my system, the folders were
called RECYCLED, not RECYCLER)
Anyhow, thanks again for your help

Martin

"Raivo" wrote:

> In XP, the recycle bin is a hidden system folder in the root of each drive
> called RECYCLER.
>
> If you open a command prompt in Windows and cd to the root of each drive,
> type:
> attrib -s -h -r recycler
> This will cause that folder to be visible to dir in the command prompt, and
> it will show up in Explorer.
>
> Then, cd to recycler and type:
> attrib -r -s -h *.*
> This will cause any files in that folder that may have been hidden from the
> command prompt and Windows to reappear.
>
> You can then go in and delete files as you normally would.
>
> Raivo
>
> "Martin" wrote:
>
> > When I upgraded to Vista, I did some cleaning up on my D:, E:, F:, and G:
> > partitions, sending a lot of files to the Recycle Bin.
> >
> > I then did a clean install of Vista on my C: partition. I also installed AVG
> > Anti-Virus. When AVG now runs, it discovers trojans in zip files in
> > F:\Recycled\... and G:\Recycled\......, which I would like to delete.
> > However, I can't find where these "old" recycled folders are. They don't
> > appear in Explorer, and I can't find them using DOS (although I can't look at
> > the C: partition because it's NTFS).
> >
> > Would appreciate any pointers to how I can get at, and finally get rid of
> > these old files.
> >
> > Martin

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