How to Recover Hidden Files From External Hard Disk

Abby Haines updated on Oct 25, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


How to show hidden files on an external hard drive? If the general method does not help, download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to fully recover hidden files from storage devices such as external hard disks, USB flash drives, SD cards, CF cards, pen drives with ease.

My external hard disk shows used space but no files are there

"Recently, I have an uncommon problem with one of my external hard disks. It shows no data but the disk space is actually used. By checking the disk properties, I'm able to see the same amount of the used space, but when I open the drive, it is showing no folders or files I have. How should I recover the hidden files? I'm not a computer expert, so can you please give me a simple step-by-step tutorial about how to unhide the contents?"

If you are seeing similar issues to the scenario where the hard drive is not showing files though they still exist, please calm down. To a large extent, the files might be hidden and become inaccessible. It can be caused by certain reasons, for example, virus attacks or a misoperation in settings. Usually, you can unhide and show files using cmd, control panel, and software.

But here on this page, we offer you a reliable data recovery solution to help you recover hidden files from an external hard disk. You can try it whenever you have a need.

EaseUS hidden file recovery software

1. 100% support for hidden file recovery on a PC/laptop storage or an external hard drive, USB flash drive or a memory card.

2. When the methods of using the command prompt and the control panel failed to restore the hidden items, it becomes the last resort.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard a professional file recovery program that is designed to recover lost and unseen data from multiple storage devices, such as external hard disks, USB drives, SD cards, CF cards, and pen drives. With its powerful recovery capacity, your deleted, formatted and hidden files can be fully restored by performing the external hard drive recovery like in the following.

Follow steps to recover hidden files from an external hard disk:

First. Get Ready

Connect the external hard drive to your PC.

Download and open the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

select the external hard drive

Second. Scan the Device

Select the external hard drive.

Click Scan and the program starts to scan your external hard drive to find hidden files automatically.

scan the external hard drive to find lost files

Third. Recover the Hidden Files

When the scanning process finishes, you are allowed to preview and recover the files. You certainly can get files back during the scanning process if you have found the very files on the external hard drive. Click Filter or Search to help you find the wanted hidden files easily.

Once you have selected the wanted files, click the "Recover" button to retrieve the hidden files from your external hard drive easily.

recover hidden files from the external hard drive

Extra Tips:

  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if it's for formatted recovery.
  • Extra Files: find files that lost names or directories.
  • Filter: A quick way to your wanted files.
  • Search: e.g. file name/file extension.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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