Cannot empty the recycle bin within Sharepoint 2007
Posted on 2011-05-02
Running Sharepoint 2007 SP2 which has a large site collection recycle bin with over 900 thousand of deleted items. I want to remove all items from here but when i try to empty the end user recycle bin or delete items from the second stage recycle bin it times out or appears with a "cannot complete this action error"
I've tried to turn off both the first and second stage recycle bins from Central Administration and disabling this through stsadm but these error and time out as well.
The recycle bin is set to only retain items for 30 days, but there are items in there that were deleted a year ago. The job-recycle-bin-cleanup job is set to run every hour but fails each times it runs.
Can anyone please advise if there is another way to empty the bin?