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    Question USB Backup Drive Question

    I am using a formatted harddisk from a discarded HP laptop, as a USB backup drive on a Windows 7 laptop.
    My problem with the USB drive is that every time I delete files from it, the files go into a folder named $RECYCLE.BIN on the drive.
    I tried deleting the recycle folder but it shows up the next time anything is deleted. There is also a folder called
    System Volume Information. I try to delete it but it does not go away. Both of these folders' icons are faded in appearance.

    Any ideas on how to be rid of the recycle bin on a USB harddisk drive?
    Jerry

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    Start a command prompt and use the del command. It is a nuisance if you tend to create file names with embedded spaces though.

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    Thanks for your reply Kitaman.
    Here is what solved the problem of the unwanted recycle bin.
    The external harddisk contained a separate volume named HP_RECOVERY.
    I opened Windows Disk Management, deleted both volumes of the disk, created a new volume for the entire disk space,
    and now there is no longer software that maintains a recycle bin on the disk.
    Solved.
    Last edited by JerryDal; 05-21-13 at 15:44. Reason: spelling

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