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

Updated on Aug 14, 2018 by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery


You can recover data from SD cards, USB flash drives and pen drive showing 0 bytes used and 0 bytes free by connecting them to another computer, using cmd or third-party EaseUS data recovery software. Read on to learn more details.

"My 4GB USB drive is showing 0 bytes used space and 0 bytes free space. When I tried to format it, it showed me with an error. Please help me."

"Yesterday, I plugged my 8GB Pen drive into my computer, but the computer popped up with a notice, telling me to format the drive. When I clicked on the "format the pen drive", it says 'WINDOWS WAS UNABLE TO COMPLETE FORMAT' and it shows with 0 bytes."

0 bytes problems are no longer new but are still difficult for ordinary USB drive, SD card, memory card or pen drive users to fix and restore important data. If you are facing such a problem, here, we'll find relevant pen drive data recovery solutions for you to get all lost data back and fix SD card/USB drive/pen drive 0 bytes problems with ease.  

Step 1. Restore data from 0 bytes SD card/USB drive/pen drive

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 find the hidden files or restore data before fixing the 0 bytes problem.

Follow the offered tips below to restore data from 0 bytes storage devices now:

Method 1. Connect 0 bytes storage devices to another computer to check data

You can try to connect your SD card, USB drive or pen drive to another PC to see whether the new computer can read the files or data on your storage devices. If no files are there or it still shows 0 bytes, you may need to try other methods to get to your data. 

Method 2. Run cmd to force hidden files in 0 byte SD card/USB or pen drive show up

  • Click Start and select Run, type cmd and hit Enter.
  • Type: attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* and hit Enter.

Replace "g" with the drive letter of your device.
After this, you can then check your SD card, USB drive or pen drive, etc. 

Step 2. Fix SD/USB/pen drive showing 0 bytes error 

After getting data back, you can then directly fix the SD card, USB drive or pen drive showing the 0 bytes error. It should have been fixed if you followed the tip of running the cmd command to find files in Step 1. Here, we have other options for you to solve the 0 bytes problem in a RAW SD card, USB drive, pen drive or other storage devices.

  1. 1. Check whether USB/SD/pen drive showing 0 bytes in Disk Management
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. If the Disk Management doesn't show the right capacity on your drive but marks your device - USB, SD or pen drive as "Online" or "Healthy", try to change the drive letter, file system to see whether you can access saved data on it.
  4. 4. If you can't access saved data after changing drive letter or file system on your USB, SD or pen drive, let EaseUS data recovery software to fully scan your USB/pen drive or SD card and find your data.

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. 

Restore data from USB/SD/pen drive after fixing 0 bytes error.

5. To make your USB/Pen drive or SD card reusable, you can then reformat the device again to correct 0 bytes error on your device:

  • Preview and recover found data from 0 byte SD card/USB drive.
  • Press Windows + X > Select Disk Management.
  • If the disk is showing unallocated, right-click on it and choose to restore your pen drive.
  • Or you can right-click the unallocated to create a new drive on your storage device.
  • If it is not unallocated but you cannot access it, right-click on it and select Format.