Deleting Recycler and/or contents WHS 2003 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've seen a couple of threads that relate to Recycler folders in WHS2003 but none seem to match exactly what I'm seeing.

    I'm running a backup of the Server onto an external hard drive and noticed that there are a number of items that are held in $Recycler folders under the main share volume names.  These are not zero size files, since I can see  from the files on the resulting hard drive that I've folders holding over 80Gb of files on a single $Recycler folder.

    If I RDC onto the WHS machine I can't identify these $Recycler folders (I'm a novice with servers so may simply not have the right settings in place to be able to view these, or could be using the wrong "route" to these folders).  As an example, Drive:\2013-XX\shares\Videos\$RECYCLE.BIN has is 511 files over 21 folders containing 89.9Gb.  But using Windows Explorer on the RDC to the server under DATA(D:)\shares\Videos shows no $RECYCLE or $RECYCLER folder even though it is set to show hidden files and folders.

    Is there somewhere else I should be looking to delete these, or anything else I ought to be doing?  Hardware is a Tranquil WHS unit, running base software of WHS2003 SP2 plus AVA software (basically re-badged MyMovies), GridJunction, AVA Media RipNet (to enable iSCSI) and WHS Backup Database-Backup.



    Saturday, May 4, 2013 8:54 PM

All replies

  • I suspect it's related to some of the additional software you've got installed; my first thought is that it's AVA Media Ripnet which, as I recall, pretty much just mounts a remote share on a local Media Center PC.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:54 PM
  • Thanks for the reply Ken.  Not sure about whether this is the cause - as I understand it, the Media Ripnet enables the use of a remote drive for the WHS, but effectively this acts as a USB drive attached directly.  Whether this is the source of the "recycled" files or not, is there an effective way to gain access to the recycler folders and empty these?

    Many thanks,


    Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:44 PM