Recycle Bin and Files Are Corrupted on External Hard Drive Windows 8

My computer runs Windows 8.1 and cannot access my Toshiba Canvio Connect external hard drive. When I finally get access to this external hard drive, my Recycle Bin goes wrong with a notice 'The Recycle Bin on E:\ is corrupted. Do you want to empty the recycle bin for this drive?'. I use the CHKDSK command to scan my drive, and it shows my hard drive is healthy. How can I recover files from this external hard drive?

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Dany· Answered on Feb 22, 2023

It seems like your external hard drive can be accessed on your computer, but the Recycle Bin is corrupted. Actually, It's not a good idea to run the CHKDSK command when you don't know exactly what's wrong. The reallocation/replacement of bad or unreadable sectors might lead to more corruption than it resolves. Making a complete duplicate of the drive as it is, sector by sector is what you should do first before moving on. After copying all the files on your Toshiba external hard drive, we can start fixing the Recycle Bin corrupted issue.

1. The first method is running commands in CMD. You need to run CMD as an administrator and type in rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin in the CMD window. Then you need to restart your computer or laptop to check whether the problem is fixed.

2. You can delete all permissions and reinstall Recycle Bin on Windows 8. This method may cause data loss, and the files kept in the Recycle Bin may disappear. You can use a data recovery tool to retrieve the files.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will be a good solution for external hard drive data loss. This functional tool will always stand beside you when you encounter accidental deletion, OS crash, partition loss, virus attack, or malware affection. It can help you restore family photos, art files, films, or short videos from your Toshiba external hard drive. Using this data recovery program is much less expensive than ordering a data recovery service. You should back up your important family photos to the cloud or another external hard drive to avoid data loss in the future.

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