Delete File or Clear Recycle Bin

Hey all,

I’m running PowerShell 3.0 : I’m removing files and they’re heading into the Recycle Bin - I’d prefer to Remove the files permanently and not have them moved to the RB. If that cannot be done in PS3.0 is there a way of deleting a specific file from the recycle bin? I have the file name in a string so I’m hoping it’s just a case of passing it to a function.

All I’ve got so far is: Remove-Item $filePath

Works well, but the files are often very large and storing them in the RB isn’t helping the free space on the drive.



That’s odd… Sorry, but are you 100% certain it’s moving items to the recycle bin? Remove-Item permanently deletes items in my own experience.

Hi Peter,

Ah yes, you’re right - I had some older files with a similar name in the RB and I kept confusing them with the latest files and thinking it wasn’t deleting them! Rookie error again

Many thanks