How To Delete Contents In Recoverable Items Folder

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I got an email request to help with deleting the emails in the recoverable items folder. Let’s find out how to delete the contents in the dumpster.

You may come across situations in which you want to delete the contents of the recoverable items folder and it will come in handy to know the cmdlet to use to make the process easier. Let me explain with my mailbox as an example.

Running Get-MailboxFolderStatistics will bring you the number of items you have in your mailbox. I have 11942 items in the deletions folder, which is part of the recoverable items folder structure in Exchange 2010.

Mailbox Folder Statistics

Run the following command to delete the contents of the dumpster.

Search-Mailbox –identity alias –SearchDumpsterOnly –DeleteContent

Delete dumpster content from mailbox

Running Get-MailboxFolderStatistics again reflects the deletion.

Mailbox Dumpster deleted

Nice and easy!

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3 thoughts on “How To Delete Contents In Recoverable Items Folder

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  2. Ricardo Utreras

    The command “Search-Mailbox –identity alias –SearchDumpsterOnly –DeleteContent” only work on Exchange 2010 SP1. On Exchange 2010 SP2 the command than work for me was:
    Get-mailbox “User Name”| search-mailbox –searchquery “Subject:’*’” –DeleteContent -SearchDumpsterOnly



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