[Fixed] Methods about Deal with the Problem of Recycle Bin is Corrupted

Somei LiamPosted by Somei Liam / March 25, 2021 09:00

If your Recycle Bin is corrupted, you may face various problems when using it. The Recycle Bin may not display files that you may have deleted from File Explorer, or you may not be able to delete files in the Recycle Bin, even not completely emptying the Recycle Bin. Sometimes you may even receive a Recycle Bin error message that denies access or corruption.

In such a situation, you may need to repair or reset the Recycle Bin. The following is how to repair and reset the corrupted Recycle Bin. Look down and you will know.

Also, the method of restoring deleted files before emptying the recycle bin will also show you in this article.

What if your hard drive is corrupted, you can refer to how to deal with the problem of corrupted hard drive.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted

Guide List

1. Use CMD Command to Fix Corrupted Recycle Bin in Windows

Each drive has it separate Recycle Bin folder named as $Recycle.bin, which is related to the corrupted Recycle Bin problem. Therefore, if the Recycle Bin is corrupted, we are able to delete $Recycle.bin folder to reset the Recycle Bin so as to fix the problem. If the recycle bin on C:\ is corrupted, the repair steps are:

Step 1Press Windows and R key to open the Run dialog.

Step 2 Type cmd on the search box and then press Enter or click OK.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted cmd

Step 3 Type rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin and then press Enter.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted type

Note: To reset Recycle Bin on another drive, for example, Recycle Bin on D drive, E drive, you should replace C with another drive letter in the command.

2. Repair corrupted Recycle Bin in Windows Explorer

Resetting is an easier way to fix The Recycle Bin is corrupted issue in Windows. Since the Recycle Bin folder $Recycle.bin is not visible by default, we should unhide it first before fixing the corruption. Let's see the entire process.

Step 1 Click Start button and choose Control Panel, then select Appearance and Personalization.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted appearance

Step 2 Choose Folder Options and select View tab from the popped-up window.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted folder options

Step 3 Under Advanced Settings, select Show hidden files, folders and drives and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). Then click OK button.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted view

Step 4 Open the system partition which is usually drive (C:) and find $Recycle.bin folder.

Step 5Right-click $Recycle.bin and select Delete. Click Yes when you prompted whether to delete it permanently.

Step 6On the Delete File window, select Do this for all current items and click Yes.

Step 7 Restart computer when $Recycle.bin is deleted successfully. Then you can check if the Recycle Bin is fixed.

Note: Deleting the Recycle Bin folder does not affect system performance, as Windows will automatically create a new $Recycle.bin folder which is no longer corrupted.

3. Recover Files from Corrupted Recycle Bin

After we solved the problem of Recycle Bin is corrupted, we can recover the files we have deleted from the Recycle Bin as before.

But what do we do if we want to recover files that were deleted before emptying the Recycle Bin?

Don't worry about this, FoneLab Data Retriever can help you to solve this problem.

We can recover emptied Recycle Bin and get permanently deleted files back with ease here.

  1. Recover photos, videos, documents, emails, audios and other files from corrupted Recycle Bin.
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Step 1 Launch FoneLab Data Retriever

Download and install this data retrieve software on your computer. Then the software will launch automatically.

Step 2 Scan Data When entering the main interface, you should choose the data types you want to recover first. Then mark Recycle Bin on the bottom and click Scan.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted location

Step 3Choose data

After scanning, all the deleted or lost files will be listed in the interface. You can use Filter feature to quickly locate the files you want to recover.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted filter

Step 4Recover data

With just one click on Recover button, you can handily get all the selected files back to your computer.

Recycle Bin is Corrupted selected files

Note: If you can't find your missing data, you can click Deep Scan to try again. Deep Scan will take more time to complete the whole scanning process, but it will offer you all possible results which can be restored.


Solving the problem that Recycle Bin is corrupted is a very simple matter. It only takes a few steps to operate. The same is true for restoring files from corrupted Recycle Bin. You only need to open FoneLab Data Retriever and follow the above operation to easily recover deleted data.

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