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This only concerns some drives that I use as external on some of my systems. Can i safely delete some hidden system folders such as $RECYCLE.BIN, System Volume Information, $RECYCLER and possibly others? These I repeat are external drives, only containing data files, they have nothing to do with my system, i only use them to move personal data around. Has anyone tried to delete those folders and noticed any complications?
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did you format your drives before using them as external data drives?
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I dont know when was the last time i formatted them, but they were always external. They're not internal drives used with enclosure. They are usb2 hard drives. Plus i dont think even a format deletes those folders.
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How to do it (at least try) manually from the cmd prompt

Go to 'run'
Enter "cmd"
Right click and run as administrator
Use the commands below (make sure you set the correct path) to give full permissions to your user name

http://ss64.com/nt/cacls.html

Delete, and that should be it.
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Thanx, but what do i do with this exactly? What are those commands for? I think i can delete them without using those commands, but mostly i am concerned if it would be safe to do so.
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Those commands can be used to give full permissions to 'Everyone'- then you can go in and delete the file or folder you've changed the permissions for.
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Originally Posted by silvergoat View Post

Those commands can be used to give full permissions to 'Everyone'- then you can go in and delete the file or folder you've changed the permissions for.

OK I understand that. have you tried deleting these folders though? I need reassurance it wont cause any troubles with my Drive or my System afterwards.
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Those are your system restore points and recycling bin folders. Since this isn't your root drive, it won't matter if you delete the system volume information folder but if you have recycling turned on on that drive, those recycle files are gonna keep popping back up. Right-click on your recycle bin and turn it off on that drive.
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Originally Posted by Cavi Mike View Post

Those are your system restore points and recycling bin folders. Since this isn't your root drive, it won't matter if you delete the system volume information folder but if you have recycling turned on on that drive, those recycle files are gonna keep popping back up. Right-click on your recycle bin and turn it off on that drive.

Doesnt windows have recycling turned on by default for every time? I mean even if i disable it for these drives, and i connect them to another system, that the drive has not been plugged yet, it will reappear as well right?

BTW I tried opening the folder with a file manager that has system folders shown, and inside the recycle.bin folder it showed me items on the recycle bin, that are deleted on other drives. Deleting this folder wont delete these files right?

Besides system restore points do we know what other information is stored on volume information?

Thanx for this info.
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Doesnt windows have recycling turned on by default for every time? I mean even if i disable it for these drives, and i connect them to another system, that the drive has not been plugged yet, it will reappear as well right?

BTW I tried opening the folder with a file manager that has system folders shown, and inside the recycle.bin folder it showed me items on the recycle bin, that are deleted on other drives. Deleting this folder wont delete these files right?

Besides system restore points do we know what other information is stored on volume information?

Thanx for this info.

That's a good question about recycling turning back on when you plug it into someone else's computer - I honestly don't know.

As far as deleted files go - whatever drive the files were deleted on is the drive those files go into. You can't affect files deleted on another drive by removing those. That also means if you deleted files on a drive with recycling turned off, you can't restore them.
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