It is not uncommon to find some of the files on your USB drive are missing. You don't see them in navigation, yet you are certain that you didn't delete them. This often means that the files are hidden from view and as long as they are hidden from navigation, you will not be able to open, edit, or even delete them.
If this is what you are dealing with, then the next sections will prove very useful to you.
There are a lot of reasons why the files on your USB drive may be hidden or inaccessible. The following are just some of the most common reasons:
Regardless of the reason why you are unable to see the files on the USB drive, getting them back can be easy. The following are just some of the methods you may want to employ.
This is an easy method to find files and folders that are hidden and "unhide" them. Follow these simple steps to do it;
Step 1: In the search box, type in "Folder Options" and then click on the "File Explorer Options" when it appears.
Step 2: In the window that appears (it can be "Folder Options" or "File Explorer Options"), click on "View" and then check "Show hidden files, folders and drives" under "Hidden Files and Folders".
Step 3: Click "Apply" and then "OK" to complete the process.
You can also use Command Prompt to show hidden files on your USB drive. Just follow these simple steps to use Command Prompt:
Step 1: Begin by connecting the USB drive with the hidden files to the computer. Make sure that the USB drive is properly connected to the computer and that the PC recognizes it.
Step 2: Now hit "Windows + X" and select "Command Prompt (Admin)" in the options that appear.
Step 3: When the Command Prompt box appears, type in the following command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.*
Note: Replace "G" with the drive letter for the USB drive.
Sometimes you are unable to find or see the files because they are no longer on the USB drive. It is very easy to lose files on your USB drive without even realizing they are gone. Perhaps you deleted the files accidentally or you lend someone else the drive and they deleted the files. In this case, the only way to get them back is to recover the missing files. We recommend using Recoverit Data Recovery, a highly effective recovery tool that can help you easily and quickly recover the missing data.
To use Recoverit Data Recovery to show and recover hidden files in USB, download and install the program on to your computer and then follow these simple steps;
Step 1: Choose a Location
Double-click on the Recoverit icon to launch the program.
In the main window, select the USB drive with the hidden files you would like to recover. Click "Start" to begin.
Step 2: Scan the Drive
As soon as you click "Start", Recoverit will begin scanning the drive for the hidden or lost files. The process may take some time depending on the size of the files on the drive.
You can click "Pause" or "Stop" to discontinue the process at any time if you see the files you are looking for.
Step 3: Preview and Recover Files
Once the scan is complete, Recoverit will display the missing files in the next window. Click on the files to the right to preview them before recovery.
When you are certain you're recovering the right file, click on "Recover" to save the file to a specified location on your computer.
Hidden files are not uncommon especially in external storage devices like USB drives. Thanks to the solutions above, you can easily "unhide" the files and be able to access them easily. If they have somehow been deleted from the device, you can easily use Recoverit Data Recovery to recover the missing files. It doesn't hurt that Recoverit allows you to recover up to 100MB of data for free.