I have an external USB hard disk that I've been using for a few years with a Windows XP computer, and have been using recently with a Windows 7 computer. I intend to continue using the hard disk with both computers. The file system on the hard disk is NTFS.
When using the hard disk with Windows XP, the Recycle Bin for the disk was located at E:\RECYCLER. After using it with Windows 7, a folder was created at E:\$Recycle.Bin for the Recycle Bin.
The problem is now when I use the hard disk with Windows XP and delete a file, and then open the Recycle Bin in order to retrieve the deleted file (by double-clicking on the desktop Recycle Bin icon), no files that were deleted from the external hard disk appear in the Recycle Bin; only files that were deleted from my internal C drive appear. Obviously files deleted from the external hard disk used to appear in the Recycle Bin before I ever used the hard disk with Windows 7.
When the external disk is connected to my Windows 7 computer, and I double-click the desktop Recycle Bin icon, files deleted from the external disk do appear, but only those that were deleted through Windows 7.
Now when I delete a file from the external hard disk through Windows XP, I'm not sure it's even going to a Recycle Bin folder - it's as if the fact I've used the external hard disk with Windows 7 has cancelled the Recycle Bin feature for the external disk whenever it's now used with Windows XP.
Windows Explorer doesn't let you browse the Recycle Bin folders in the traditional sense. I've tried using Total Commander to see if I can find specific files recently deleted through Windows XP in either E:\RECYCLER or E:\$Recycle.Bin but I haven't had
Ideally I'd like to be able to use the external hard drive with both Windows XP and Windows 7, and have all deleted files appear when I double-click the desktop Recycle Bin icon on the respective computer, regardless of the OS in use when a file was deleted. Is this possible?