Fixed: SD Card/USB Drive/Pen Drive Shows 0 Bytes

Tracy King updated on Aug 06, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

USB gets no media or shows 0 bytes problem can be solved here. You can find tried and true solutions to deal with this problem. Also, you can get back lost data by using EaseUS data recovery software. Read on to learn more details and fix USB showing 0 bytes error.

PAGE CONTENT:
Part 1: USB Shows 0 Bytes in Disk Management
Part 2: USB Shows Other States in Disk Management

usb showing as 0 bytes

0 bytes and USB no media problems are no longer new. But they are still difficult for an ordinary USB drive, SD card, memory card or pen drive users to fix and restore important data. If you are facing such a problem,  you are in the right place. here, you can fix the issue and restore lost USB data. 

Important
To avoid unexpected data loss troubles in the 0 bytes storage devices such as SD cards/USB drives/pen drives, etc, it's highly recommended that you get back the hidden files or restore data before fixing the 0 bytes problem.

Part 1: USB Shows 0 Bytes in Disk Management

It is not suggested to format the drive immediately if you see the prompting dialogue because that will delete all data on that drive. When your USB drive or other portable devices becomes 0 bytes, you should check it in Disk Management. 

1 - If your device shows 0 bytes in Disk Management, you'll need to take your device to a local data recovery service center and ask for help.

usb showing as 0 bytes or no media in diskmanagenment

2 - Sometimes, Disk Management doesn't show the right capacity of your USB but marks your device as "Online" or "Healthy", you can try these fixes:

  • Unplug, replug the device and reboot the computer
  • Change the USB ports and STATA cable, and reboot the computer
  • Connect 0 bytes storage devices to another computer to check data
  • Connect the USB to the USB port on the computer motherboard (the USB port on the back of the desktop computer)

Part 2: USB Shows Other States in Disk Management

If the USB does not show as 0 bytes in Disk Management, you can solve this issue by following the guide. At first, press "Windows + X" > select "Disk Management", then, check the USB:

1 - Showing as Unallocated

If the device is showing as unallocated, you can solve this by creating a new partition. You can follow the manual guide below, or create a new partition using the software.

  • Step 1: Connect the unallocated USB/SD card or other devices to PC. Right-click on This PC/My Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
  • Step 2: Locate and right-click on the unallocated space of the pen drive, select "New Simple Volume".
  • Step 3: Set partition size, drive letter and file system (NTFS), etc. Click "Finish" to complete the process.

create a new partition on the usb drive

2 - Shows RAW in Disk Management 

If the USB shows as RAW, online, with a healthy state, you are unable to access the device. To resolve this issue without data loss, you must recover data first and then solve the RAW issue.

First: Recover Data

EaseUS disk data recovery software can fully support RAW partition recovery and solve your problem. Download this professional tool and perform fast and secure data recovery on the USB drive, SD card or other storage devices with the "0 bytes" issue. The program can also help you recover data from a dead hard drive or perform USB recovery, hard disk recovery, or external hard drive recovery easily and effectively. 

Step 1. Connect USB to your PC and run USB data recovery software.

  • Connect the USB flash drive on which your files to your computer and launch EaseUS USB data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • Select your USB drive under External Devices and click Scan to start finding your lost files.
Select USB to scan and find lost files.

Step 2. Scan to find all lost files from USB.

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will thoroughly scan your USB flash drive and find all your lost data on it.
Scan USB drive to find lost files.

Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.

  • After the scanning process, you can check and preview found USB files in this program.
  • "Deleted Files" is for you to find deleted files. And "Lost Partition Files" is quick access to find formatted data.
  • Double-click the files to preview and choose available ones, click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices
Restore lost USB data.

Second: Format 0 Byte RAW USB/SD Card

After restoring USB data, you can format the 0 bytes RAW hard drive partition.

  • Step 1: In This PC/My Computer, select the USB.
  • Step 2: Right-click the 0 bytes USB, then choose "Format".
  • Step 3: Select FAT32 or NTFS as the file system for the USB and click "OK" to confirm.

format RAW USB to fat or ntfs

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)

The Bottom Line

Whenever you meet the problem "USB flash drive showing 0 bytes", you can try the solutions above. And your USB may show as another status, never hesitate to ask EaseUS for help. We provide you with professional help all the time. You can contact us through the live chat or our email (support@easeus.com).

 
 

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