Solved - USB Drive not Showing Files and Folders


I could see my USB drive in File Explorer, but I could not see my files stored on this drive. Simply put, USB Drive is visible but content is not! Why? Have you ever encountered the same issue? Do you know how to solve the issue: USB drive not showing files and folders?
Generally, USB files not showing but space used is one of the main reasons for data loss disaster. This problem might be caused by various factors such as mistaken deletion, hidden files, wrong file system, and virus invasion, etc.
Part 1: USB drive files are hidden
Connect your USB drive to PC.
Right-click Start button and then choose Control Panel.
Click Appearance and Personalization.
Under File Explorer Options, click Show hidden files and folders.

file explorer options
Check Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

show hidden files
Click OK button.
Alternatively, you can use CMD to unhide files.
② Unhide files by using CMD while USB not showing files and folders
Press Windows + X to open the Power Users menu.
Click Command Prompt (Admin).
Type diskpart, and press Enter.
Type following command:
attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*

Type Exit and press Enter.

Part 2: Virus/Malware attack your USB drive
Step 1: Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery. This professional data recovery software offers 5 data recovery modules to deal with different data loss scenarios. Here, to fix USB drive is visible but content is not, you are recommended to choose Damaged Partition Recovery.
damaged partition recovery
Step 2: Select the USB drive, and then click Full Scan button to scan the whole device, and analyze every byte on the USB drive. Before scanning the device, you can specify needed file systems and file types by clicking the Settings feature.
full scan
Step 3: Preview pictures or .txt files, select all files you want, click Save button, choose a suitable place to store files, and click OK button. Never store selected files to the USB drive, or the original data could be overwritten.

Part 3:USB drive files are deleted

Your files and folders were accidentally deleted. Or they are deleted as a result of a virus/malware. Therefore, you can see your USB drive but cannot see its files.
In this case, you can try using MiniTool Power Data Recovery to fix the USB drive not showing data in PC because it offers two excellent data recovery modules to help recover deleted files from USB drive.
Undelete Recovery is designed to recover mistakenly deleted files. This post "How Can I Recover Shift Deleted Files with Ease" contains the detailed information to help you recover your deleted files.
Damaged Partition Recovery can help to recover deleted and lost files with ease. Generally, as long as the USB drive partition exists, you can use this module to recover deleted/lost data.
Part 4:USB drive has wrong file system or damaged file system

In many cases, the USB drive not showing files and folders issue is caused by file system corruption.
In computing, a file system is the method and data structure that an operating system uses to keep track of files on a disk or partition; that is, the way the files are organized on the disk.
Select Damaged Partition Recovery in the main interface of MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
Full scan the USB drive with the ext2/3/4 file system.
Save all needed files in a safe place.
Second, they format the USB drive to NTFS/FAT32.
Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free, and install it on computer according to prompts.

Launch it.
Select the USB drive and then click Format Partition feature from the left action panel.
Specify partition label, file system, and then click OK button.

Click Apply button to perform all changes.
Part 5:USB drive might be damaged

Unfortunately, your USB drive might be damaged happens relatively often. Once the drive is damaged, it is usually inaccessible. If the USB drive is damaged but the firmware is still okay, it will display on your computer and even show you the storage space used and the space that is free. You can copy files into this drive and see them when you open your drive. However, the files and folders are no longer available when you unplug your drive and plug it back again. This is because the drive will save your files and folders as long as there is an electric current/voltage through the USB. But, it will not hold the copied data when the USB electric current/voltage is lost. Now, it begins to act like a RAM instead of a ROM. In this case, you need a new USB drive.

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