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Folder named as recycler and system volume information are appearing how to delete those

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  • nilesh33 Jan 16, 2009

    but these files create some new files in C drive with diff ext

  • nilesh33 Jan 16, 2009


    so i wil free frm that stress......


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You should not delete this folders in any circumstances, as those are system folders used by your operating system.

They are also hidden folders, so if you want to get rid of them, you will have to make Windows to not display hidden folders.
Go to Tools -> Folder Options in Windows Explorer, open View page and check Do not show hidden files and folders.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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    Nikola Malesevic Jan 16, 2009

    RECYCLER and System Volume Information are system folders. Folders cannot create files, they can only contain them. C drive is probably your system and boot drive, so it must have several .sys, .ini and .com files which are needed by operating system to operate correctly. Deleting these files and folders will result in operating system crash, followed by inevittable reinstallation of the system. These files and folders are not harmful and the procedure to hide them is explained in my solution.

    Tampering any system hidden file or folder might result in operating system failure and possible loss of data.


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$Recycle.Bin and System Volume Information

please click start->all programs->accessories->windows explorer right click it and select RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR
when a new window appears go to the drive and delete what ever you want

you can also use winkey+r and type explorer and press enter and do the procedure as stated above

Hope this helps
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The System Volume Information folder is a hidden system folder that the System Restore tool uses to store its information and restore points. System Volume Information (SVI) is the name of the data store where Windows XP and Windows Vista keeps its System Restore files and registration databases. System Restore not only saves copies of critical system files, it also performs automated registry hive backup.

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The reason these items are "ghosted" are because they are hidden files; removing these files/folders can have adverse affects on your computer and if you did succeed in removing them, windows will just recreate them because they are not virus related.

If your current antivirus is up to date and running okay, then you don't need to switch. It sounds like you do not have any virii.

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Kaspersky Antivirus, and internet security
ESET Smart security /can only stop these virus from coping itsepf on the PC, but can not delete it if you install it later.../

as i know Recycler is not that dangerous... but it is a pain in the ***... you can also try to delete ot from the registry /in safe mode/

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