Quick Fixes to Restore 0 Byte Files in Windows 10/8/7

Tracy King updated on Oct 18, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Quick fixes are available here to help recover 0 byte files with ease. Just follow to see how to restore 0 byte files on your own now. What’s more, you can also try the data recovery tool below. It may help.

All files become 0 bytes, what can I do?

"Does anyone meet my problem that all files in my USB drive suddenly become 0 bytes. I can open the USB drive and check all these files, but none of them can be opened or used. Do you know any solutions to fix my problem?"

"All my documents - word, excel, ppt and other images all suddenly became 0 bytes. I could not open then nor edit these files. What can I do to recover those 0-byte files and reuse them again? How?"

It's no longer a new problem when files become 0 bytes in storage devices or computer hard drive partitions.  Although some geeks or websites provided a list of solutions to solve this problem, it's still quite confusing for most users to manage the job. Here, in this article, we'll offer you step-by-step tutorial fixes to help you restore zero byte files with ease. 

Fix 1. Run anti-virus software to move virus that causes 0-byte files

If your 0-byte files on storage devices are caused by the virus, the best shot is to run anti-virus software which you can find and download on Google or App Store to clean and move all virus in computer and storage devices.

After that, you may retry to open your storage device to check whether the problem has been fixed. If files still show 0 bytes, relax. You can try file decryption tools to decrypt 0-byte files and restore all those useful data.

Fix 2. Use CMD to restore 0-byte files

When files become 0 bytes by some unknown reasons, you can try CMD order to recover them. Just follow to see the exact steps for 0-byte file recovery now:

  1. 1. Press Win + R keys to open Run dialog > Type: cmd and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.
  2. 2. Type: chkdsk /f e: (e: is the drive letter of your hard drive partition or storage device which store all your 0-byte files.) and hit Enter.
  3. 3. Let CMD execute the order and fix 0-byte file errors in hard drive partitions or storage devices. Then your 0-byte files will be restored and you can reuse those files again.

Fix 3. Manually restore 0-byte files by changing file extensions

  • Right-click hard drive partition or storage device and select Properties.
  • Click Tools > Check now...> Click Start.
  • Click Close > Click Cancel.
  • Open hard drive partition or storage device > Click in the address field and type: FOUND.000 > Hit Enter.
  • Rename the repaired file and change the extension to with the same format of your 0-byte files such as .xlsx > Save the file to somewhere else.
  • Open the newly saved file > view file content, close and save it again on a safe spot (0-byte file is now restored to be reusable again).
  • Format storage device or hard drive to be store files again.

Extra Tip: Recover lost data with data recovery software

Sometimes, when you are faced with data loss, your best choice is to use file recovery software to restore lost data. Here you may try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard which supports to restore files from inaccessible devices with simple clicks:

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost files on an external storage device, connect the storage device to your computer firstly.

Step 2. Run this software and scan the lost file.

Run EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC, specify the location where you lost files and click "Scan" to scan those lost files.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore file.

After the scanning, you can find and double-click to preview your lost files here:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads all lost files here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if your hard drive is formatted or partition gets deleted.
  • Extra Files: All files that lost names or paths on your drive can be found here.
Scan and find lost files.

Step 4. Choose and restore files.

Finally, select the found files, click "Recover" and navigate to save them to a secure location on your PC or another external storage device.

Restore lost files.

If you need more help, never hesitate to contact us.


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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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