Testing can be so much fun. You build up sites, fill them with rubbish data, tear them down, rinse and repeat. Recently I had a site I’d put a fair bit of effort into and the client loved it. Problem – how do I leave the site as it is, but remove all the bad data?
Option 1: Once you have deleted all of the bad content from the lists, etc, you can go page by page through the recycle bin, 50 at a time and delete them from there… then do the same in the site collection recycle bin (this takes too long, gives me RSI)
Option 2: You could go to Central admin, and under the web app delete everything in the site collection by switching off and on the recycle bin (not granular enough – deletes all recycled objects in all site collections within that Web app)
Option 3: You can go to the recycle bin of interest, then enter the following into the address bar (by itself):
Woah! Files in the recycle bin vanish, and people would not even know they existed. Lucky users don’t know that this exists… oh wait, now they do 🙂 – thanks to Jag from OBS who blogged this "gem" – http://itfootprint.wordpress.com/2008/03/14/empty-sharepoint-user-recycle-bin/
Option 3 wins hands down.