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Posted on 1999-07-13
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When I click "Empty Recycle Bin" the following message appears:Cannot delete DC18 Access is denied.This happens every time regarless of how few items are in the RB. The disk is about half full.
I have to select all items in the recycle folder then delete them as a group;that works to empty the recycle bin.
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by:cimosz
ID: 1690913
Try exiting into DOS mode - then deleting the contents of the recycle bin - this should remove those files

WARNING - doing it this way will permanently delete your files and can cause problems if you do not know what you are doing so please be very careful.


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by:knestler
ID: 1690914
I CAN already remove the contents of the recycle bin by selecting all and deleting.The problem is that it cannot be done simply by clicking "Empty Recycle Bin"
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by:russsnow
ID: 1690915
Right click on the recycle bin on the desktop and go to properties and look at the setup. Do you have norton utilities installed? This sometimes interferes with the recycle bin. You can change the settings to when you delete a file it doesn't go into the recycle bin. Just be sure when you delete something that you are sure about deleting it.
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fibdev earned 50 total points
ID: 1690916
Double-Click the recycle bin.

Right-Click the file named "DC18" and select "Restore"

The problem is this ...

DC18 cannont be deleted because an application on your system is using it.  I'm not sure what application this file is associated with.  This file should only be removed by uninstalling the application associated with it.

Restoring this file should fix the problem.
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by:knestler
ID: 1690917
I did not see a DC18 file in recycle bin when in win 95 but saw it in dos mode. If fact,in DOS mode all the files were DC----.***    I have Norton U but Norton file protection is disabled.
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by:fibdev
ID: 1690918
Glad I could help :)
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