I've been using an external hard drive in Windows, but now that I decided to switch to Ubuntu, I wonder if I can safely remove the folders $RECYCLE.bin, RECYCLER, $AVG and found.000


Feel free to delete all the folders you mentioned. Ubuntu does not use them, and instead uses its own recycle folder called ./Trash

Edit 1: Expect Microsoft Windows to re-create the recycler-related folders the next time you connect the drive to a windows machine.

Also, the found.000 folder indicates your hard drive had a problem reading data in the past, which Microsoft scandisk caught and tried to recover. If the data on the drive is important to you, please ensure you have a current backup of that drive.

Thanks to brunopereira81 for mentioning the source of the found.000 folder.

Hope that helps


Yes, unless you use your recycle bin as a quick archive for your files (had a friend that did that... "I press delete and all my files are quickly saved under the same place, find a program that does the same and I will stop using the recycle as my archive!") ;)

The 2 first ones are recycle bin related, AVG probably is your quarantine folder for AVG and found.000 is a trace from a scandisk you ran.

If you are not planning to use windows again it is safe to delete those folders.

  • You cannot interact with folders inside Recycle Bin in windows. How exactly did getting all stuff in same place help your friend? – Nemo Oct 15 '11 at 23:56
  • :) when he needed to "quick save" a file he pressed delete and file was sent to recycle bin. When he wanted it back he opened the recycle bin selected the file>cut>paste to the new location he wanted. You can interact with them, you have 3 options right clicking on a file inside recycle bin: restore, cut and delete. – Bruno Pereira Oct 16 '11 at 0:02
  • Actually you can access this folder in windows, showing hidden and system files – ConeJoXM Oct 16 '11 at 0:07
  • @ConeJoXM idd, but its a very very bad place to save files on :P Welcome to askubuntu! – Bruno Pereira Oct 16 '11 at 0:17

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