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Free Fix Hard Drive Partition Shows 0 Bytes Error in Windows 10/8/7

Updated on Nov 06, 2018 by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery


This tutorial article tells how to fix a hard drive shows 0 bytes, SSD/HDD showing 0 bytes used in Windows 10/8/7 for free in two steps: 1. Restore data from 0 bytes hard drive or partition firstly; 2. Repair/fix hard drive or SSD partition showing with a 0 bytes error. Download the best hard drive recovery software and follow the methods here to fix "hard drive shows 0 bytes" error without losing any data now.

Hard drive shows 0 bytes used, how to fix it? Help, please!

"One of my computer hard drive partition showed as 0 bytes since last Friday. I didn't take it seriously until this morning when I need to use a very important file saved in that partition. 
I thought it was a system error that I can reboot PC to get this issue solved. But it turned out nothing has changed. I still cannot open it. Do you know how to solve this issue without losing my valuable files?"

Does your computer hard drive partitions suddenly show up as 0 bytes? Or you can't access any data from the 0 bytes hard drive partition? Worry about having no way to fix the hard drive displaying as 0 bytes in This PC/My Computer in Windows 10/8/7. Two effective steps will help you directly fix this issue without losing any data now:

Part 1. Free restore data from 0 bytes hard drive or 0 bytes HDD/SSD partition
Part 2. Fix and repair hard drive/SSD partition shows 0 bytes used error

Note: In order to avoid data loss issue while fixing hard drive partition 0 bytes issue, it's highly recommended for you to extract all important data from 0 bytes hard drive or first.

Part 1. Free restore data from 0 bytes hard drive or 0 bytes HDD/SSD partition

How do you restore or extract precious data from the 0 bytes hard drive partition in Windows 10/8/7? To save your time and energy, here we'd like to recommend you a highly effective and risk-free hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free. It allows you to free restore all precious data on hard drive partitions, USB drive, SD card or other storage devices with the "0 bytes" issue.

If your data saved on 0 bytes hard drive/partition or USB etc devices is more than 2GB, please update EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to the Pro version so to restore unlimited amounts of data.

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost data on an external hard drive, USB or SD card, connect the device to your PC firstly.

Step 2. Run the data recovery software and scan lost data.

1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
2. Select the device where you lost data under "Hard Disk Drives", "External Devices" or "Specify a location".
3. Click "Scan" to start scanning the lost data now.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore data.

1. After the scanning, you can double-click each file to preview them from below tabs:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads found 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.
Preview lost data.

After this, you can even use "Filter" or "Search" to quickly find all your lost data.

2. Finally, you can choose those lost data and specify a safe location on your PC to complete the data recovery process by clicking "Recover" now.

Restore lost data.

Part 2. Free repair and fix hard drive/partition shows 0 bytes used error

To repair and fix a hard drive or partition with 0 bytes usage issue, you have four methods to try here below. You may selectively follow any one of the offered methods to free repair and fix your 0 bytes hard drive/SSD, partition, USB or SD card etc storage devices to make them usable again for saving data:

Method 1. Format 0 bytes hard drive/SSD to NTFS/FAT (reusable again) with Disk Management tool

After getting all your data back, you can now run the Disk Management tool to format 0 bytes hard drive partition into the NTFS or FAT etc file system (reusable again).

  • Right-click My Computer/This PC > Select Manage.
  • Enter Device Manager > Tab Disk Management.
  • Right-click 0 bytes hard drive partition and select Format volume.
  • Set the file system as NTFS or FAT, modify the hard drive partition size etc. and click OK.
  • Wait until the formatting process is finished. Then you can reuse the hard drive partition to save data again.

Method 2. Delete and create a new partition on 0 bytes hard drive

Another way to solve the hard drive 0 bytes issue is to try to delete partitions with the Disk Management tool and create a new partition on it with the NTFS/FAT file system. After this, you'll be able to use the drive again.

Method 3. Fix 0 bytes used hard drive partition with partition manager software

If you are not quite familiar with computer disk management jobs, you can apply a third party partition manager software such as EaseUS Partition Master with its Partition Recovery, Check partition features to solve the hard drive shows 0 bytes issue. 

If your computer can work properly and it's your second hard drive which is showing 0 bytes or if your boot disk shows 0 bytes and cannot boot properly, you can apply install EaseUS Partition Master in a healthy computer and connect the 0 bytes hard drive to the computer, apply the Rebuild MBR feature in EaseUS Partition Master to repair the corrupted hard drive then.

Method 4. Run Disk Management tool to fix hard drive partition shows 0 bytes issue

  • Right-click My Computer/This PC and choose: Manage.
  • Click Disk Management > Right-click 0 bytes hard drive partition and select Properties.
  • Tab Advanced, go to Owner to see if the list is empty.
  • Click Edit > Administration > Select the name of your account on the PC or name of your PC itself.
  • If not, go to Permissions > Change permissions > Tab Add and type Authenticated user > click OK to see if it triggers.
  • Check all permissions boxes with Allow order and click OK > Apply.
  • Wait to let the computer keep all changes by clicking OK.
  • When the process is done, check your drive and now you can access, modify and reuse your drive again.