I have deleted one of my site collection and when I check under View All Site Collection in Central Administration the deleted site collection is still appearing.

How can I remove that site from there also?

  • Are u sure, you deleted the correct site collection? What method you used to delete the site? Deleted site should not be visible via central admin...are u able to browse that site collection?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 0:00

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When a site collection is deleted from GUI, the deleted site collection is stored in the SPDeletedSite object to be able to restore it back within 30 days using Restore-SPDeletedSite cmdlet.

So to remove the site collection permanently from SPDeletedSite object, you should use Remove-SPDeletedSite cmdlet as the following

Remove-SPDeletedSite -Identity a valid server-relative URL or a valid GUID

Note: to get valid GUID use Get-SPDeletedSite

For more details check Remove-SPDeletedSite

In case your issue still persists or you can't find your Site GUID in Get-SPDeletedSite list that means the site was not deleted properly so it is still shown in View All Site Collection and in this case, you need to use ForceDeleteSite as the following:

$site = Get-SPSite http://siteurl
$siteId = $site.Id
$gradualDelete = $false
$restorable = $true
$siteDatabase = $site.ContentDatabase 
$siteDatabase.ForceDeleteSite($siteId, $gradualDelete , $restorable)

By the way, To remove the site collection immediately, you should use PowerShell instead of GUI via Remove-SPSiteGradualDelete:$False cmdlet.

Remove-SPSite –Identity "http://sitename" –GradualDelete:$False

This operation is recommended for deleting very large sites but it's not recommended in case you intend to restore it back because it doesn't retain the SPSite object in the Gradual Site Deletion Queue.

Note: it's recommended to backup a site collection before you delete it using GradualDelete:$False because you will not be able to restore it

Read more about Gradual Site Delete in SharePoint 2010

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