The Recycle Bin on C:\ is Corrupted Error Fix

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The Recycle Bin on C:\ is Corrupted

The Recycle Bin on C:\ is Corrupted Error Message

When you try to open or clear out your recycling bin you get an error message that states: The Recycle Bin on C:\ is Corrupted. Do you want to empty the recycling bin for this drive?  We need to fix this error before you will actually be able to remove everything from your recycling bin.  This is making a delete on your computer.  If you are nervous about this, I highly suggest backing up your hard drive to an external drive first before making any of these changes.  If you mistype something and delete everything it could kill your computer.  ** Always Backup Your Hard Drive **

Steps to fix ‘The Recycle Bin on C:\ is Corrupted’ Error

Watch the video below for step by step instructions or follow the text instructions below the video.


  1. Launch an Administrator Command Prompt
  2. Type: rd /s /q C:\$recycle.bin
  3. Press the Enter button to run
  4. Restart the computer
  5. Launch the recycling bin

These steps should remove the issue files that were inside of your recycling bin that was not allowing it to open or allowing you to empty it.  Leave a comment below if this worked for you and what other tutorials you would like to see on the site.  I hope this helped you remove your error message.

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