View Full Version : How to nuke pesky Recycler Folders in XP?

02-03-2007, 11:06 AM
I'm told the Recycler folders (one per partition/hd) are remnants of Norton Utilities/Systemworks.

I've scoured my registry, unchecked read-only, cleaned all Norton stuff from C: and run both Norton_Removal_Tool and SYMCLN but these Recycler folders remain, with cryptic contents such as:


Anyone have any tips to nuke these stubborn buggers?

Many thanks!

Speedy Gonzales
02-03-2007, 11:16 AM
I dont think they're part of Nortons, coz I have them too, and I don't have any Norton programs installed.

It looks like if u delete them, they'll come back anyway.

It looks like they're part of the Recycle bin.

this (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Misc/Q_20991737.html)

Has some info about it. (near the bottom)

02-03-2007, 11:28 AM
Thanks Speedy. You're right...Recycler is part of NTFS (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/171694), nothing to do with Norton.
Problem solved - many thanks!

02-03-2007, 11:30 AM
The Recycler folder is used only on NTFS partitions. The Recycler folder contains a Recycle Bin for each user that logs on to the computer, sorted by their security identifier (SID).