How to find and recover hidden files on memory card

Abby Haines updated on Sep 16, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


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!

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.

Method 1. Change settings in File Explorer to show hidden files

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 the 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. Use attrib command to Unhide Files on a Memory Card

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 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 Tool 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 Tool M for Free.

Step 2. Start EaseUS Tool M, choose "File Fixing" on the left pane. Next, choose the target drive and keep the "Show hidden files." selected. Then, click the "Fix" button to start the progress.

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

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.

Method 3. Use EaseUS disk data recovery to recover hidden files on memory card

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the disk data recovery software you're going to use. It's designed to recover lost photos, documents, songs, videos and over 250 types of files from various storage media types, theoretically, but it's also a capable hidden file recovery software.

It works like a flow, so you don't even do it yourself. Once the software detects your storage device and starts scanning, it displays 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.

1. Run EaseUS file recovery software

  • Connect the SD card to your computer.
  • Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer.
  • Select the SD card.
the software will scan the desired files

2. Scan the SD card to find the hidden files

  • Click the "Scan" button as long as you have selected the SD card.
  • Wait for the scanning process to complete. If you have found the hidden files during the scanning process, you can stop the process and recover the hidden files.
the software will scan the desired files

3. Recover the SD card hidden files

  • Select the hidden files that you want to recover. You can search the file type or its name to help you find the hidden files.
  • Click the "Recover" button to get the hidden files back.
  • Save them to a safe location on your PC to avoid data overwriting.
recover hidden files from your sd card

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

5. 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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