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Recycle Bin issue  


Dear All,

I have come across a stumbling block regarding Recycle Bin.

I have a computer with 2 disks, one OS disk (Disk 1) and two Data disks (Disk 2 and Disk 3). The OS has been reinstalled recently on the the OS disk. The contents of the 2 data disks were not changed when reinstalling the OS. New OS is Windows 10 Pro.

There was some deleted data (questionable data) in the Recycle Bin on Disk 2. This data was under a security ID say for eg S-1-5-21-12345676….

Since the OS has been reinstalled, none of the new user accounts has the above security ID.

Now the question is, will the new OS's Recycle Bin show the contents of the Recycle Bin from Disk 2?

Merry Christmas to you all in advance.

Posted : 13/12/2016 12:37 am
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Now the question is, will the new OS's Recycle Bin show the contents of the Recycle Bin from Disk 2?

Yes, if it was an "inplace upgrade".
No, if it was a clean install.
But in the second case u might have some luck with a classic forensic file recovery.

Wish u to have a nice X-Mas party, too


Posted : 13/12/2016 1:27 am
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What version was the previous OS?

Posted : 13/12/2016 3:00 am
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You write "2 disks", but list 3 disks.

The $Recycle.Bin is an OS artifact, and resides on each partition.
You should find the $RECYCLE.BIN (note the case difference) on the remaining non-OS volumes.
A regular update to Windows 10 normally does not touch them.

The new OS should not "show the contents of the Recycle Bin from Disk 2", presuming you are referring just Windows Explorer or similar.

This is because the Windows Explorer will only show, as you suspect, the matching SID recycle bin folder contents.

Theoretically one can export a user account from the local machine, and import it back after upgrade, retaining the SID. If that user logged back in, they would see the contents of the aforementioned recycle bin contents.

Posted : 15/12/2016 5:56 pm
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That's actualy a good question - is a SID retained after an OS upgrade? I can't find conclusive proof via a quick Google.

Posted : 16/12/2016 4:08 pm