- Oct 14, 2019
My RCA Viking Pro 10 tablet with Android OS was getting slow, and seeing that more than 90% of the internal storage capacity was being used I decided to free up some storage space. I decided on moving everything in my Music and Photo folders out to a USB flash drive. Unlike on my laptop computer, there didn't seem to be a way to move those folders to an external drive, so I used the Copy and Paste functions to copy each of those folders and then paste them to the USB drive. That worked fine, but then I wanted to delete the two folders from my tablet's internal storage. I selected the two folders and sent them to the trash bin, and they were gone, but when I checked my internal storage free space I saw that I hadn't gained anything. Figuring that the trash bin must be like the recycle bin on my laptop computer, and that "deleted" files and folders actually remain in the bin until it is emptied, I looked for ways to to that. Unlike with my laptop, it appears that there is no icon that can be clicked to open the trash bin and view or empty its contents. After doing some google searches, I found a posting by someone who said that he was able to find his trash bin contents in File Manager's Android\Data\com.android.gallery3d\files\.trashcan folder. When I looked for that, and opened the com.android.gallery3d folder, the only thing in there was a "cache" folder. No "files" folder was found. Now I'm thinking that perhaps the "files" folder only appears if the user directly deletes some files, and that since I deleted folders this may be why I see no "files" folder. Figuring it is likely that someone else has run into this problem, I'm wondering if there is an app that can detect deleted folders and either permanently delete them, or restore them so that I can try just deleting the files within them. I know there are several apps, like Recycle Bin, and Dumpster, that will find files that were sent to the trash bin, but are there any apps that can find deleted folders and offer a means of permanently removing them? Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer.