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[Solved] This Folder Is Empty on This PC/USB

This PC/USB drive says This folder is empty but it has the size and contains files, try 2 solutions here to solve the folder shows empty but is full error in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

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Check the Solutions of "This Folder is Empty"

"This folder is empty" on USB, but it has size and files, how to fix this problem? Check the effective solutions below.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Run attrib command
  • Click on "Start", type cmd in the search box.  Run CMD as administrator
  • Enter this command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*...Full steps
Fix 2. Use a data recovery tool
  • Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard 
  • Find and preview the found folder with files
  • Restore and save the found folder...Full steps

"How to fix a USB flash drive when it says 'This folder is empty', but it's not! Certainly, the folder is there with my files because I never deleted it. The files in the folder are of great importance to me with which I can continue my ongoing study project. Please help me to solve this irritating problem. "

Overview

When you try to open folders inside an external USB disk, SD memory card or a pen drive on your PC with Windows 10/8/7, you may receive a warning that "This folder is empty" like the screenshot shows below. 

this folder is empty

At this time, you may even scream and shout that "it's not true!" My folder has a bunch of pictures, videos, and docs, and they can't just disappear without any reason or trace. In fact, if the files were not manually removed from the specified folder, then the message should be wrong. And your files are very likely hidden. Or you just don't have permission to access the folder. To address this problem, read the following guides. 

Solutions to Recover Files from a Folder Showing Empty

We're going to introduce you to two of the most popular ways to fix 'this folder is empty' error and recover hidden files with a free USB recovery software and attrib command.

Solution 1. Run Attrib Command to Show Invisible Files

To show hidden and unseen items in Windows, you must first = open File Explorer, click on the 'View' tab, select the option 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' and uncheck the checkbox. This option works sometimes. However, If doesn't, try command prompt instead.

Step 1. Click on "Start", type cmd in the search box. Right-click on "Command Prompt", and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 2. Enter this command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* and press Enter. (replace g with your own USB's drive letter)

Step 3. Close the command prompt window. Now, check if the folder is displaying files.

Solution 2. Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to Restore Files from "this folder is empty" Folder

A third-party data recovery software is another suggested way to find files from a folder with an empty error message. In many cases, "This folder is empty" issue is caused by the virus. Luckily, EaseUS virus file recovery software is able to recover files from virus infected hard drive, memory card, and USB flash drive.

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So, when you experience the frightening issue that the folder shows empty but it has files, don't hesitate to download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore the hidden files.

Your first move is to delete or remove the virus by using cmd. And then restore files from "This folder is empty".

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose "Select Folder" under Specify a location. Browse for the location where you lost the folder and click "OK" to scan. 

select folder to scan

Step 2. You can search for the target folder or use the Filter feature to find a certain type of files in the folder. 

choose files to recover

Step 3. You can preview the recovered folder. Then, click "Recover" and choose a new & secure location on your PC to keep the recovered data. 

Restore lost folder data

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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