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How to Fix ‘The Recycle Bin on C:\ is Corrupted’ Error on Windows 10 PC



Struggling with the “Recycle Bin on C: is Corrupted” error when trying to empty the files on your trash on a Windows 10 computer? Fix it quickly with this step-by-step guide.

The complete error message might say “The Recycle Bin on C:\ is corrupted. Do you want to empty the Recycle Bin for this drive?”


How to Troubleshoot & Fix The Recycle Bin on C:\ is Corrupted Error Message on Windows 10 Computer

Follow our instructions below to troubleshoot and resolve the corrupted Recycle Bin issue on your Windows 10 PC efficiently.

Run the CHKDSK Command


The first step to resolving this error is to run the CHKDSK command on Windows with administrative privileges. This command is used for diagnosing and repairing errors found on the selected disk or partition. To do this:

  1. Press the Windows Key + X >
  2. Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Type “chkdsk c: /f /r”
  4. Enter and wait until it finishes the process.

Use the Recycle Bin Tool from Third-Party Software

If running the CHKDSK command did not resolve the problem, you can also try a third-party recycle bin repair tool called “Recuva.” This software can be easily downloaded online and used as a fix for corrupted recycle bins in just a few steps. 

After installing it, 

  1. Launch the program and select “Reconstruct File” in the menu bar, 
  2. Then choose which drive you want to recover files from (“C:” drive), and hit “Next.” 
  3. This tool will now start scanning your hard drive for files in order to restore them back to their original location.

Remove Recent Programs from the Control Panel

Uninstalling recent programs installed from Control Panel may also help to resolve your corrupted recycling bin issue. To do this, press Windows key + X, then click on Control Panel > Programs & Features. 

Uninstall a program, and uninstall any programs that were recently installed before the issue began to occur. Once all of these programs have been removed from your computer, restart your system in order to apply the changes and see if this resolves your error or not.

Use System Restore to Reset your Computer

If all of these methods fail, you may need to reset your computer using System Restore as a last resort.

To begin an automatic system restore, 

  1. Open Run by pressing Windows key + R, type “recoverymanager” without quotation marks in the search box, and then press enter to launch HP Recovery Manager.
  2. Under Advanced Options, select “System Restore”
  3. “Select Next”
  4. Choose a calendar date when everything worked fine.
  5. Finally, hit the “Finish” button, which will start restoring your Windows OS to its previous working condition without any data loss or application damages caused by ESENT log corruption inside the Recycle Bin folder itself!

Delete the Corrupted Folder Manually

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Finally, if none of these solutions are successful for you, then you may need to delete corrupted folders manually from the advanced settings panel inside folder locations such as %USERPROFILE%/Local/Settings/Application Data/Microsoft/Windows/User/Shell/Folders

Make sure that all deleted parts are done through administrative privilege. Otherwise, the Admin Account Flag cannot enable public login during the normal flow of operations!

Fixing MBR Issues 

MBR contains the Windows boot loader and master boot code stored inside. Therefore, any problem there may cause problems while loading OS, and other things linked inside like folders and programs also cause similar types of errors by having SYSTEM permission as the origin root at all times. 

So, boot into recovery disk/USB stick *if available* or manually repair MBR using powerful commands written down by Microsoft while keeping several things in mind at the same time and using REGEDIT from the same location. 

Hope this helps!



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