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.

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. Connect the SD card and start scanning.

Connect the SD card to the computer via a card reader. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the SD card from which you want to recover the hidden files, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the hidden files.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, select the hidden files you want to recover from the SD card. To check the file, double-click it to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover the hidden files.

After choosing the files, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the files.

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 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

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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Tracy is enthusiastic to share technical tips and solutions about computing and technology. Being an EaseUS member since 2013, she also writes instructional content about data recovery, file/disk partition/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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