Corrupted Recycle

METHOD ONE

To Fix Corrupted Recycle Bin Using an Elevated Command Prompt

NOTE: You may need to repeat this inside of each hard drive or partition letter that you have displayed in Computer.
1. Open an elevated command prompt.
2. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Substitute Drive-Letter in the command below for the actual hard drive letter that the $Recycle.bin file is on.

RD /S /Q Drive-Letter:\$Recycle.bin

For example: If I wanted to delete the $Recycle.bin file on the C drive, I would type this below.

RD /S /Q C:\$Recycle.bin


3. Repeat step 2 for any other drive letter that you have.

4. When finished, close the elevated command prompt.

5. Right click on a empty area of the desktop and click on Refresh.

6. The Recycle Bin should be empty now. 

METHOD TWO

To Fix Corrupted Recycle Bin in Windows Explorer

NOTE: You may need to repeat this inside of each hard drive or partition letter that you have displayed in Computer.
1. Open Folder Options, and click on the View tab.
A) Select (dot) Show hidden files and folders.

B) Uncheck Hide protected operating system files.

C) Click on OK.
2. Open the Start Menu. (see screenshot below)
A) Click on the Computer button on the darker right side.


3. Click on the C:\ drive to open it. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: For the other hard drive letters, just click on that hard drive letter and repeat the same instructions below.


4. Right click on the $RECYCLE.BIN folder and click Delete. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If for some reason, Windows will not let you delete this file, then boot into Safe Mode and try to delete it again.


5. Click on Yes. (see screenshot below)


6. Click on Continue. (see screenshot below)


7. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.


8. Click on Yes. (see screenshot below)


9. Check the Do this for all current items box, then click Yes. (see screenshot below)

10. Repeat steps 3-9 for any other hard drive letter that you have in the Computer window.

11. Windows will then automatically create a new $RECYCLE.BIN folder and Recycle Bin on the Desktop for you afterwards. 
NOTE: You may need to press F5 to refresh the window to see the new $RECYCLE.BIN folder. If you still do not see a new one, then restart the computer to have it create a new one for you. 

12. Right click on a empty area of the desktop and click on Refresh.

13. Open Folder Options, and click on the View tab.
A) Select (dot) Don't show hidden files and folders.

B) Check Hide protected operating system files.

C) Click on OK.