How to Find and Recover Hidden Files on Memory Card

Does your memory card appear on the computer but is not showing files? This page shows you how to use the Attrib command to show hidden files. If it does not help, download and try EaseUS data recovery software to effectively find and recover hidden files on your memory card!

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Various kind of memory card errors happens from time to time. That's annoying. On this page, we will focus on the issue of memory card not showing data. Unlike an SD card not reading on the computer, there are a large number of users reporting that their memory cards appear on the computer but files are not showing. Here's a real story:

"I lost my wedding photos! Can you believe that? I took out the SD card from the camera, connect it to my computer as usual. It's correctly recognized, but I cannot see any files or folders there. How does a memory card has files but not visible? Is there any fix? I really need a way to get back my all photos." 

Are you suffering from similar trouble? Take measures within this page right away,  to easily find and recover hidden files on your memory card without a pity. Here, Windows Explorer settings, attrib command, and third-party data recovery software are available for help.

Before going further, you may be interested in watching a video guide at first:

Method 1. Show Hidden Files by Changing Settings in File Explorer

Before going to the coming solutions, first of all, go to Windows File Explorer to check the settings. Make sure that the files and folders are not in hidden mode!

1. Connect the memory card to your PC. 
2. Open Windows Explorer --> Go to Tools --> Folder Options --> Go to View Tab.
3. Check "show hidden files, folders and drives" (uncheck the option "Hide protected operating system files" if there is this option), and click OK to save all the changes.

show hidden files in file explorer

Method 2. Recover Hidden Files on Memory Card via EaseUS Data Recovery Software

The other efficient method that you can try is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - reliable disk data recovery software. It's designed to recover lost photos, documents, songs, videos, and over 250 types of files from various storage media types.

It's also a capable hidden file recovery software that can find and recover your hidden files on the memory SD card directly. Once the software completes scanning, it will display all files, no matter they were deleted one time ago or hidden somewhere without a trace.

Learn with the guide, and see how it recovers hidden files from your memory card:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Hover on the hard drive partition, external hard drive, USB flash drive, or memory card on which you want to show hidden files, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait until the quick scan and deep scan completes. After then, you can look for the hidden files in the scan results by going to the original path from the left-side tree-view pane, or use the "Filter" feature quickly display only one category, like Pictures, Word, Excel, Videos and so on.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. You can choose to preview the found files before doing a final recovery. If you have no problem with the preview result, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the recovered files. By doing so, you can make the hidden files show up again.

Recover lost data

Method 3. Unhide Files on a Memory Card Using attrib Command

Then, go to the memory card to check if you are able to see your files or folders. If not, run the CMD command prompt to show all the hidden files.

1. In Windows 7 or 10, press Windows and R keys at the same time, in the Run box, input [cmd] and hit Enter.
2. Now type the following command: attrib -s -h /s /d *.* (or) attrib -h -s -r /s /d *.* (Note: there should be space after each letter)

show hidden files using attrib command

Manual execution of the command line is suitable for computer professionals, since incorrect commands can do more harm than good. Therefore, for security and usability, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative - EaseUS CleanGenius. It is a practical tool that enables you to check and fix file system errors, enable/disable write protection and update your system 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 CleanGenius for Free.

Step 2. Start EaseUS CleanGenius, choose "Optimization" on the left panel. Next, click "File Showing" on the right panel. 

show hidden files - step 2

Step 3. Select the hard drive and click "Execute".

file fixing - step 2

Step 4. After the operation completes, click the View button to check the hidden files. 

show hidden files - step 3

When it is finished, all your files should appear in front of you. If it does not work, try EaseUS disk data recovery as the last resort.

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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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