Super hidden files

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  1. Franklin

    Franklin Registered Member

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    XP pro sp2.
    In C drive XP has a hidden folder named Recycler.The mouse pointer on the folder pops up 8.6 meg within.On openning there are two recycle bins with long numerical names.Openning either of these bins show no files.

    Looking at these recycle bins with Icesword exposes these super hidden files.Does anyone know what they are and can they be safely deleted as Icesword gives the option to delete.

    Most of them have the same creation date from nearly a year ago.Just wondering,could they be leftovers from when I used to have Nortons system works and they are leftovers from Nortons protected recycle bin.
     
  2. GlobalForce

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    Hi Franklin,

    It's there because you must be on an NTFS partition. Those number's you see represent Security IDentifier's windows creates for each person/identity who log's on (separated bin's). Can they be deleted? Yes .... from the command prompt, otherwise windows will generate an error.

    No sense removing individual entries though as the folder re-create's itself fresh after your very next deletion. If IceSword has the option (at next boot possibly) ... go right ahead. If window's throw's an error saying the file's in use, close explorer then open a command prompt:

    rd /s /q c:\recycler > enter

    rd removes the folder - /s it's sub-directories (all SID's) - /q over-ride's confirm delete.

    I'll wait for your reply if there's any problem with Norton.


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  3. Franklin

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    Thanks for your reply GlobalForce.

    Yep Icesword deleted the files within the recycle bins but I left the two system files,info2 and desktop.ini.All I can think of is that the other 8 meg of hidden files were left overs from Nortons protection.

    Funny thing is that I thought I had formatted and reinstalled because of problems with Nortons and now only use Ghost 2003.Oh well,my memory mightn't be working that well but at least the PC's is.LOL
     
  4. Your welcome Franklin.

    Do I understand correctly 8mb's remain? I'm not sure if your present setup was upgraded from a 9x system but you can find additional information about the INFO2 file on the Q & R page at Kellys Korner (starting below Recovery Console listing's). You could also safely delete the entire folder using the previous command, just make sure no other program's are holding explorer open.

    If any Norton ghost's are still claiming disc space, lose the asterisk and follow the link's on this page ....
    ht*tp://www.dslreports.com/faq/9623


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  5. Oh and don't worry about your desktop.ini ....
    you'll see it in every folder if your system's set to *show hidden and system* files. ;)

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    There were 8meg of hidden files within one of the recycle bins which could only be seen and deleted with Icesword.All fixed now.

    I was just a bit concerned that they had been there so long and cleaning programs couldn't access them.

    Probably still wouldn't know they were there if I wasn't having a look around my system with Icesword.
     
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    If you look at your programs folder with Explorer, you might find a folder named
    Movie Maker.

    I think you need to remove this folder from the command prompt as well.


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    Or maybe this command might work eh.
    del /%C: all/unseen/ by /explorer /:showyourselvesfirst /#astards

    LOL
     
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