[Solved] USB Pen Drive Not Showing Data, Files and Folders

Roxanne updated on Oct 13, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

Virus and RAW issues will likely cause the pen drive data not showing. When your USB pen drive not showing files and folders but space used, try to unhide files by following the five methods within the article. If you prefer an intelligent and highly effective way of showing hidden files in pen drive, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the optimal choice.

To fix USB pen drive not showing files and recover hidden files in pen drive:

usb pen drive not showing files

Step 1. Run EaseUS USB file recovery software.

Step 2. Scan the USB pen drive.

Step 3. Choose the hidden files and recover.

Step 4. Format the USB pen drive to NTFS or FAT32.

Why Is USB Not Showing Files?

Pen drive not showing data but using space is one of the main reasons for data loss disaster. It usually prevents you from seeing your data while the used space and unused space is showing correctly when you check. The most possible for this issue is a virus attack. Some unknown virus can not only infect your files but also makes them hidden. It creates an empty shortcut of your files and folders which lead to nowhere, like shortcut virus. In addition to virus infection, there are other causes that may lead to USB not showing files:

  • Files and folders on your pen drive are hidden
  • Data is accidentally deleted
  • The file system is not recognized by the OS of your computer

If you are annoyed by pen drive not showing data problem and trying to find a USB data recovery solution, congratulations, you are at the right place! Here, we will show you how to recover files from pen drives to fix USB drive files or folders not showing but space used in simple ways. By the way, the tutorial also works with flash drives, external hard drives, SD cards or other external USB devices.

When you meet the same problem on a Mac computer, follow this page and solve the issue flash drive not showing up on Mac and restore all lost files.

How to Fix USB Pen Drive Not Showing Data

Depending on the causes, the solution to the issue "USB not showing files" varies. If you haven't identified the specific cause yet, you can follow the methods below in order to solve the problem with ease. Altogether, we offered five viable solutions to restore disappeared files and fix the USB not showing data issues.

  1. 1. Unhide files in pen drive in Windows Explorer
  2. 2. Unhide files in pen drive in Windows Command Prompt
  3. 3. Show hidden files with EaseUS Tools M
  4. 4. Recover hidden files with EaseUS USB recovery software
  5. 5. Format pen drive that is not showing data files
  6. 6. Check and fix USB drive errors

Fix 1. Unhide files in pen drive in Windows Explorer

If the data on your USB is accidentally hidden or made invisible by a virus, you can try to unhide your files using CMD. Besides, there are other ways available to show hidden files on a USB drive. Check it if you need to.

Step 1. Connect the USB pen drive or flash drive to PC.

Step 2. Open Windows "File Explorer" > Go to "Tools" > "Folder" Options > Go to the "View" Tab > Check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives". Finally, click "Apply". This will make sure that the files and folders are not in hidden mode. 

fix usb pen drive not showing files in windows explorer

Fix 2. Show hidden files in Windows Command Prompt

Windows Command Prompt is a reliable tool for basically the professionals to solve most computer storage issues. It's kind of higher-leveled that requires administrator permission.

Step 1. Next, click on the "Start" Menu > "Run" > Type cmd and press "Enter". 

Step 2. To make the USB pen drive data show up, type the commands: attrib -h -r -s /s /d k:\*.*  and press "Enter". (Replace "K" with the drive letter of your pen drive.)

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Fix 3. Download EaseUS Tools M to show hidden files in USB drive

Manual input of the command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause more severe problems. Therefore, for security and usability, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative. EaseUS Tools M is a practical tool that enables you to check and fix files system error, enable/disable write protection and system update with one-click instead of typing intricate command lines.

Follow the simple steps below to show hidden files with this 1-click-fix software. 

Step 1.  DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free.

Step 2. Start EaseUS Tools M, choose "File Showing" on the left pane. Next, choose the target drive for scanning.

show hidden files - step 2

Step 3. After the operation completes, click the View button to check the hidden files. 

show hidden files - step 3

Now all your files will start showing up in your USB flash drive or pen drive. If you see a folder without a name, rename it to recover its data.

You can also run antivirus software on your computer to try to remove the virus. But it always does not help. Even it helps, it may delete the virus-infected files on your USB. If so, you will need to use Method 2 to recover the lost data.

Fix 4. Download EaseUS USB recovery software to recover hidden files in pen drive

If the steps above failed to help, then try to retrieve your data with EaseUS disk data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, a popular third-party data recovery software. This is a method that can recover your files and folders in all the situations mentioned above.

Whether your pen drive is not showing data due to virus attack, hiding files, accidental deletion, or file system errors, you can directly recover your data using this reliable tool. It performs well to recover shortcut files, hidden files, deleted files, and RAW files from USB pen drive or flash drive. When your USB is not showing files, it's the most certain way to retrieve your data.

Step 1. Connect the Pen Drive to Scan

Connect your pen drive to your computer and run EaseUS pen drive recovery software. Choose your pen drive and click the Scan button.

choose pen drive to scan

Step 2. Scan the pen drive and preview files

After the software scanning all over the pen drive, all your lost files will show up in the scan results. You can use the Filter function to quickly filter a file type and preview the files before recovery.

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Step 3. Recover pen drive files and save

After the file preview, click the Recover button to save the selected files to a secure location on your PC or another external storage device.

preview and recover pen drive data

Fix 5. Format the USB pen drive which is not showing files

When your USB pen drive data not showing, at the same time, some error messages appear, something goes wrong with your USB file system, which might be corrupted, damaged, inaccessible or showing RAW, asking you to format it. The common errors are usually as follows.

To overcome this kind of USB problems that cause the data not showing, you need to format the drive to a recognized file system by Windows. Since formatting will erase data completely, do not start to format the disk before data recovery.

Step 1. Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and perform data recovery.

Step 2. Open Windows Explorer and right-click on your USB drive, choose "Format".

Step 3. Choose a Windows-compatible file system among FAT32, NTFS and exFAT to your USB and click "Start".

format usb drive using file explorer

Fix 6. Check and fix USB pen drive errors

Other than the five methods above, you can also try to fix the USB that is not showing files using CHKDSK. The CHKDSK command can be used to check and repair the disk error on your pen drive that is not showing data correctly. Compared to running the CHKDSK command in CMD, it's more convenient to run the CHKDSK utility.

Step 1. Open "This PC", right-click your pen drive and choose "Properties".

Step 2. Go to the "Tools" tab.

Step 3. Click "Check" to check and repair the errors on your USB.

Fix USB not showing files - Run CHKDSK

Actually, if unhiding files fails to bring your data back again, it's highly likely there is something wrong with your USB. In that case, you are recommended to perform data recovery directly and then format your pen drive to remove the error. Data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will help you retrieve all your data as long as the data is not overwritten. Try it and you will get back your files and folders immediately.

FAQs about USB Pen Drive Not Showing Files

Apart from offering solutions for fixing USB pen drive not showing files issue, some users may also want to know the cause of USB pen drive not showing files and how to view files. To efficiently resolve your issue, we have collected 4 top questions are may interest you here.

You may check and find answers here now:

1. How do I recover my pen drive data?

You may get your pen drive data lost due to deletion, formatting, or other misoperations. You may first check and restore the files from Recycle Bin.

To avoid complete data loss, you can recover deleted/formatted files from the pen drive using the reliable data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Besides, you can also use CMD to recover data from a pen drive if the files are hidden. For more details, you may refer to How to Recover Deleted Files from Pen Drive for help. 

2. How do I view files on my USB?

Files can become hidden on a USB drive for a variety of reasons. You can use Control Panel, CMD and EaseUS data recovery software to show or recover hidden files on virus-infected USB flash drives, hard drives, memory cards, pen drives.

By doing so, you can may all your files viewable again on your USB drive. For a detailed guide, please refer to Show Hidden Files on USB Drive.  

3. Why do files disappear from USB?

Many users stated that their files disappeared from USB drive that they have copied files to the drive.

How can files on USB pen drive mysteriously missing? Here are the normal reasons:

  1. 1). Virus infection on USB drive
  2. 2). File Explorer settings hide files on USB
  3. 3). Unfinished file transferring or failed file copying on USB 

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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.

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6. 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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