Recycle Bin Problem

Posted on 2006-05-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I have over 500k files (about 50 GB) in the recycle bin that I want to delete.  I cannot reboot in DOS to delete the files.  Is there a fast way to delete the files in the recycle bin that is not resource intensive?  

I am using Windows 2000 Advanced Server.

Question by:benc007
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    Expert Comment

    Clean up wizard, or start the empty on your way out the door, and let it finish overnight.

    you could automate it...

    Good Luck,


    Author Comment


    I am not familar with the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows.  How can I use it to permanantely remove items in the Recycle Bin?

    How long do you think it takes for Disk Cleanup Tool to permanently delete 500,000 (~50 GB) files?
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    Expert Comment

    Also, If you do not wish for your recycle bin every to grow this big again i would suggest editing the maxium size of the recyle bin.
     having very big recycle bins like this can make deleting a single file or folder a nightmare. ( it takes forever for explorer to come back to you after you hit delete )

    I would use the normal empty recyle bin to empty the bin.

    another way would be to
    goto command prompt CMD and
    CD \
    DEL RECYCLED\*.* /f /s /q /a
    But i would not recommend doing it this way.


    Author Comment

    I already reduced the recycle bin size and to auto delete files without first moving files to the bin.

    Will using MS Dos be faster at deleting files in the recycle bin?  Why do you not recommend doing it the way you suggested?

    Do you have any suggestions on how to optimize the harddrive (150GB)?  I started using MS System Defrag but it's taken 10 hours to do 10%.
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    Accepted Solution

    I don't think it will gain you much time advantage in doing it the command shell way.

    Definetly empty the reclycle bin before doing the defrag.
    What is the main use of the drive? Is it the only drive in the computer?

    Author Comment

    There are 3 drives but it's set up in raid 5.

    I am looking for ways on how to clean and optimize the drive - not sure if MS tools are the best for this.

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