How do I show hidden files on my flash drive

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My flash drive displays as empty yet when I view the properties I can see the flash has data. How can I see this data?

My flash drive displays as empty yet when I view the properties I can see the flash has data. How can I see this data?

Many things including viruses can cause this issue. However, it's possible that your files are just hidden, and you can access them simply by un-hiding them.

Follow the steps below to un-hide the data on your USB flash drive:

  1. 1
    On your desktop, click on the Start menu.
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    Open the Control panel.
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  3. 3
    Click on the 'Appearance and Personalization' section.
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  4. 4
    Select 'Folder Options'.
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  5. 5
    Click on the 'View' tab.
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    Select 'Show hidden files, folders, or drives', under the Hidden files and folders' section.
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    Click on the 'OK' button.
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    Now you should have access to your files.
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    Remember to run an Anti-virus program to scan your USB flash drive.
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If you're still unable to access to your files, this is because a virus is causing this issue. Read the main article and follow the instructions to un-hide your data. You can access the main article by clicking on the title of this Q&A page or the link below the article summary.

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If you need any extra help, let us know in the Q&A section below.

I can see my file, it's showing empty but there are files there?

I see the space used and free space showing there are files there.

This problem is usually caused by a virus. However, there are times where it might not be a virus.

Follow the steps below to make your files visible again:

  1. 1
    Click on the Start menu.
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    Go to your Control Panel.
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  3. 3
    Double click on the 'Appearance and Personalization'.
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  4. 4
    Open 'Folder Option'.
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  5. 5
    Select the 'View' tab.
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    Under the 'Hidden files and folders' section, Check 'Show hidden files, folders, or drives'
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    Click on the 'OK' or 'Apply' button.
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Now all of your data on your Flash drive should be visible. Remember to scan your drive with an antivirus program like Avast, Norton, McAfee. If you still can't access to your files, follow the instructions in the main article by clicking on the title above this page or by clicking on the link below the article summary. If you have any problems with the process of un-hiding your files, let us know by leaving a question in the section below.

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I brought a new USB flash drive, then my friend put some videos in it as hidden. Later when I try to delete the files, I cannot do it?

The space it covered is not visible, and I want to delete it.

Hiding files makes it a bit tricky to delete them - possibly what your friend was after when they hid the files in the first place.

Ultimately, following the instructions in the main guide will be your best bet for un-hiding files through the command prompt. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly, as deviating will likely not allow you to achieve the desired result.

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Hard drive WD 1TB is not accessible?

My hdd of Western Digital 1TB is not responding when I connect it with PC. Initially un-locker works fine but then a message came that you need to format drive before you can use it.

  1. 1
    Press the Windows key and type "Disk management".
    Press "Enter".
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    Connect your HDD if it has not been connected and find the letter associated with it.
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    Right-click its white rectangle at the bottom and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths..."
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    Assign a different letter to the drive.
    Try an "X", for example.
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    You can also right-click the white rectangle and select "Format..." if it is necessary to format the drive.
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Other troubleshooting methods include

  • using the original USB wire;
  • plugging the disk drive into another PC with Windows XP or Vista (you can try Windows 10 too) and right-clicking "My computer". Click "Properties", "Security", "Add a new permission". Type "Everyone" and give "Everyone" full permissions. Then, click "Apply" and wait until the changes have been applied;
  • disabling USB 3.0 or 2.0 in BIOS;
  • applying a Microsoft fix.
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Flash drive contents are not showing. Instead the drive appears as a shortcut?

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How to recover hidden files in my SD card?

DCIM folder appears but no files found, in properties almost 3GB were used

Often a virus can cause your files to be hidden and not accessible. However, it's possible that you accidently hide those files.

In order to un-hide your files on the SD card follow the steps below on your PC:

  1. 1
    On your PC desktop, click on the Start menu.
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  2. 2
    Go to the Control Panel.
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  3. 3
    Click on the 'Personalization and appearance' section.
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  4. 4
    Open the 'Folder options'.
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  5. 5
    Click on the 'View' tab.
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  6. 6
    Scroll down to the 'Hidden files and folders' section.
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  7. 7
    Mark the check box next to the 'Show hidden files, folders, or drives' option.
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    Now click on 'OK'.
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    Your files should now be visible.
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Remember to run an Antivirus program to scan your SD card for possible viruses and malware.

If you're still unable to access your files, follow the instructions in our main article to un-hide your files and folders using CMD. You can reach this page by clicking on the title of this Q&A page or the link below the article summary.

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I have a CD that has 4 files in it and the total size of them are 5MB, but when I check the properties the size show 700mb?

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