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

Tracy King updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

When a hard drive shows 0 bytes, 'RAW' or 'No Media' in Disk Management on HDD/SSD in Windows 10/8/7, the solutions are different. To fix the 0-byte issue, you can first apply EaseUS file recovery software to recover precious data, then format using Disk Management, or convert the drive to NTFS using CMD command, check disk error with Disk Error-checking, and update hard drive driver to get rid of the 'hard drive shows 0 bytes' error without losing data.

Check the following solutions to fix the drive showing 0 bytes. Directly jump to the part you're most interested in.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Restore data Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select a location to scan...Full steps
Fix 2. Format to NTFS Open Disk Management > locate and right-click on the 0 bytes drive...Full steps
Fix 3. Convert Raw to NTFS You can convert the RAW file system to NTFS using CMD command...Full steps
Fix 4. Check disk errors Open File Explorer and right-click on the 0 bytes HDD/SSD partition, select "Properties" and then Tools...Full steps
Fix 5. Update driver Go to Device Manager and expand Disk drivers, right-click on the 0 bytes...Full steps

Hard drive shows 0 bytes used, how to fix it

"One of my computer hard drive partitions 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?"

hard drive displays as 0 bytes used.

Does your computer hard drive partitions suddenly turn 0 bytes? Can you access any data from the 0 bytes hard drive partition? Don't worry anymore. Follow solutions on this page to fix the hard drive displaying as 0 bytes in Windows 10/8/7. 

Note: The major symptoms of 0 bytes hard drive partitions in Disk Management are RAW and No Media. The solutions towards two cases are different and you can read on to find the one to get rid of this error.

A quick fix toward this issue is to:
1. Unplug, replug the hard drive and reboot the computer.
2. Change hard drive power line and STATA cable, and reboot the computer.
If this doesn't work, follow on and get the issue resolved.

[Fixed] 0 Bytes Hard Drive Shows RAW in Disk Management 

Applies to fix 0 bytes hard drive/SSD partition shows as RAW, online, with healthy state.

Hard drive shows raw.

Hard drive partition, HDD/SSD with RAW issue may also show up 0 bytes used in device properties. And to resolve this issue without data loss, you can go through steps here for a guide:

# 1. Restore Data 

When 0 bytes used device shows RAW in Disk Management, you are unable to access the device. With the help of professional hard drive recovery software, you can restore all precious data. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is such a tool which enables you to perform fast and secure data recovery on hard drive partitions, USB drive, SD card or other storage devices with the "0 bytes" issue.

If your data saved on 0 bytes device is less than 2GB, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free is available to help.

Step 1. Select a location to scan.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card where you lost data, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select files to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, choose the files you want to recover. To locate the data faster, use the search bar or filter to search for specific files. To check a file, double-click the item to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the files.

Recover lost data

Remember to save the restored data to another secure device until the error is resolved.

Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

# 2. Fix 0 Bytes Error on RAW Hard Drive (3 Methods)

Quick Fix - Change the Hard Drive Letter

When a hard drive becomes 0 bytes, it might be a connection problem or drive letter not detected. A quick fix that you can try is to reconnect the hard drive and change its drive letter:

Step 1. Press "Windows+R" and type diskmgmt.msc and hit "Enter". The Disk Management window appears.

Step 2. Right-click on the hard drive that shows 0 bytes free space and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths…"

Change hard drive letter

Step 3. Click the Change drive letter button and choose a drive letter from the drop-down list.

Step 4. Click "OK" and then click "Yes" when prompted. Click "OK" to confirm and close the box.

If changing driver letter doesn't help to fix the hard drive 0-byte issue, there are 3 methods that can applies to resolve the RAW issue on your 0 bytes hard drive partition.

Method 1. Format 0 Byte RAW SSD/Hard Drive Partition to NTFS

After restoring data, you can use Disk Management to format the 0 bytes RAW hard drive partition to NTFS:

  • Step 1: Right-click on This PC/My Computer, select "Manage".
  • Step 2: Click "Disk Management", locate and right-click the 0 bytes hard drive partition, then choose "Format".
  • Step 3: Select NTFS as the file system for the partition and click "OK" to confirm.
  • format the sd card to ntfs with the build in tool

Method 2. Convert RAW Hard Drive to NTFS with CMD

There is another way that can resolve the device RAW issue on 0 bytes used hard drive, which is to convert RAW file system to NTFS using CMD command.

To do so, you can follow the link of convert raw external hard drive to NTFS as a guide. The process is the same. 

Method 3. Run Disk Error Checker

  • Step 1: Open File Explorer and right-click on the 0 bytes HDD/SSD partition, select "Properties" and go to the Tools tab.
  • Step 2: Click on the Check button under the Error checking section.
  • Step 3: It will scan the SD card and automatically repair found file system errors.  
  • check disk errors in Windows 10 drive tool in Propertities

When the process completes, you can restart the PC if necessary. Then the partition will be available for saving and storage new files and you can copy the restored data back to the partition again.

[Resolved] 0 Bytes Hard Drive Shows No Media in Disk Management

Applies to resolve 0 bytes hard drive which displays no media in Disk Management.

Hard drive shows no media.

To repair 0 bytes used hard drive or partition which displays No Media in Disk Management, you have two methods to try here below. 

# 1. Update Hard Drive Driver

  • Step 1: Right-click on This PC/My Computer icon, select Manage and go to Device Manager.
  • Step 2: Expand Disk drivers, find and right-click on the 0 bytes hard drive which displays as no media, choose "Update driver".
  • Update SD card driver.
  • Step 3: Select "Search automatically for updated driver software" and wait patiently till the process completes.
  • Restart the PC if necessary.

If your hard drive or SSD is a customized device, you can contact or go the manufacturers' websites, download and install the hard drive driver.

After updating the device, you can check the hard drive partition to see if you can access the data or not. And check the display state in Disk Management.

  • If it shows RAW, follow the above solutions and fix it.
  • If it shows Offline, activate the device to Online and try to open the device again.
  • If it still shows no media, follow Method 2 below for help.  

# 2. Take 0 Bytes No Media Hard Drive to Local Device Repair Center

When the first method fails to work, you'll only have the last solution. It is to take your hard drive to be repaired at the local storage device repair center or its manufacturer support center.

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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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

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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