How to Fix USB flash Pen Drives not Showing Files and Folders?

By Molly | Posted to Data Recovery on August 10th, 2018 |

Have you ever plugged your USB flash drive or pen drive into your computer only found the drive folder empty but the used space and free space correct? Why the USB flash drive or pen drive doesn't show files and folders on it?

In this article, we will explain the reasons that may lead to USB flash pen drives or other storage devices not showing data on Windows. More importantly, we're providing step-by-step methods on how to fix it and recover files and folders on the USB flash pen drives.

Why a USB flash pen drive not showing files and folders?

If your USB flash pen drive does not showing files and folders, it is generally because of malware or virus which hides your data in order to fool you into formatting the files and folders, such as WannaCry virus attack. Apart from that, it could be various other reasons such as files or folders on the USB flash pen drive being hidden, or data being actually deleted by accident.

How to fix USB flash pen drive not showing up files and folders error?

Method 1: Show hidden files and folders in Explorer

Step 1: Open This PC or My Computer, click on View and choose Options > change folder and search options.

Step 2: Click on View tab and check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives".

Step 3: Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)".

Step 4: Click Apply then OK. It will restart the computer.

Step 5: Right-click on the files and folders and go to Properties > General > Attributes, uncheck the box "Hidden". Click Apply then OK.

Step 6: Restart.

Now check if you can see the files and folders showing up on the USB flash or pen drive.

Method 2: Make the USB flash pen drive show files and folders using cmd

Step 1: Go to the start menu, type in "cmd" in the search bar, click on "cmd. exe".

Step 2: Type in attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.*. Replace G: with the drive letter of your USB flash or Pen drive.

Step 3: Restart.

This command line will also show all your files and folders on the USB pen drive.

Method 3: Show files and folders on the USB flash pen drive using chkdsk

Step 1: Go to the start menu, type in "cmd" in the search bar, click on "cmd. exe".

Step 2: Type in chkdsk G: /f /r /x. Replace G: with the drive letter of your USB flash or Pen drive.

Step 3: Restart.

Method 4: Recover files and folders when the USB flash pen drive not showing data

If you still have no luck to show files and folders through the methods above, then you can recover data from USB or Pen drive with reliable USB data recovery software or Pen drive data recovery software.

iBoysoft Data Recovery is professional external drives data recovery solution which is able to fix USB flash drive 0 bytes, flash drive RAW file system and formatted, corrupted SD cards, external hard drives, memory cards and other external storage devices. It's able to recover pictures, videos, documents, music files on different file systems like NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc.

How to recover files and folder from the USB flash pen drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery?

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your computer.

Step 2: Connect the USB falsh drive pPen drive to the PC, and then launch iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Step 3: Select the USB falsh drive pen drive that not showing files and folders, and click "Next" to scan for files and folders.

Fix USB flash Pen drive not showing files and folders

Step 4: Preview the scanning results, choose those you want to get back and click "Recover" button.

Step 5: Go through the recovered files and folders and make sure you have all the missing files back.

Molly

Molly is an editor @iBoysoft who frequently shares useful tutorials about data recovery for Windows and Mac.

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