Many times Windows users face a problem that shows empty Pen-drive while the drive is full. This is a very common problem which occurs due to the corruption of memory storage tables in a storage device. This type of problem occurs when users improperly eject Pen-drive or external drive or when it is affected by some viruses and malware. You can remove this problem from given methods:
1) Assigning a New Drive Letter
- Insert your USB and then move to ‘My Computer‘. Right click on it and then choose ‘Manage‘
- A window named ‘Computer Management‘ will open where you have to select the option ‘Disk Management‘
- Now you have to find your inserted USB drive and then have to right-click on it and select the option ‘Change Drive Letters and Paths’.
- Now it will ask to choose a drive letter or Path. Simply select your drive letter and click OK button.
That’s done! Now remove your USB drive and reinsert it and check whether files inside your USB drive are showing or not. If it still doesn’t show you the file, go through the other given methods.
2) Show Hidden Files in your System
First Method: Using ‘Organize’ option
- Go to ‘My Computer‘ and select option ‘Organize‘ (If you don’t see this option then, you can search for it or can use second method)
- Now from drop down list choose option ‘Folder and search options‘
- Now in next window will open where you have to move on ‘View‘ tab.
- Now enable the option ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives‘ and the click on Apply.
Now reinsert your USB and check whether it shows your all files or not.
Second Method: Using Dot Search
If you don’t see ‘Organize’ option in ‘My Computer’ then don’t worry. Just type a ‘.’ (Dot) in search bar You can see all the hidden files and folders there, and you can easily copy that files and then paste anywhere in your computer storage as a recovered file.
That’s done! Now your USB hidden files has been visible.
3) Using Command Prompt
- Go to start and search for ‘Command Prompt‘. When it finds, right click on it and choose option ‘Run as Administrator‘.
- Now type the given command but replace ‘x’ with your USB Drive.
attrib -h -r -s /s /d x:*.*
- Now it will take your few seconds to explore and after this. It will show all your files at a glance.
4) Using a Suitable Antivirus
Well, we use our USB flash drive on different computers. So, our USB flash drives are more prone to viruses and malware. Sometimes, due to virus attacks, our computer fails to see the files that are actually there inside the USB drive. So, to prevent this issue, we need to scan the USB drive by antivirus and check whether the files are back or not.
5) Format your Pen-Drive
If all the above methods are getting failed in your system then it is recommended to take a backup of your USB and then format it into FAT32 format.