Don't be afraid if your files and data inside USB just vanished but storage is full. They've gone hidden so I will show you how to unhide files in USB
Have your files been hidden from USB Drive? Let me show you how to
unhide files in USB flash Drive. It is a very common error nowadays that
USB data will automatically become invisible. If you check the
properties of USB Flash Disk which shows the maximum size in use but
after having a look at visible Data, it indicates less file size. It
means that Data are present on USB but not visible to access. This issue
happened most probably interference of any Anti Virus Software which
automatically hides files due to the attack of Trojans/Malwares
available in USB Flash Drive or Operating System. In such case, few
users Enable “Show hidden files, folders and drives” from Control Panel’s Folder Option and it will show the files which
were hidden automatically but most of the time this method will not work
for many of others.
Tell me how to unhide files in USB?
Another way for checking the invisible Data is "Command Prompt" known as "CMD", which shows hidden Files and Directories by simple type "Dir" command in "Command Prompt" i.e (X:\Dir) where X is USB Drive Letter. But some in the below case both methods did not work. Even I personally checked one of my mate’s USB Disk, who told me that his data has been invisible because he connected his USB Drive to a virus effected PC resulting which his USB’s data disappeared. After checking the properties I have found that Data are still in USB and tried the above method for Enabling “Show Hidden Files” from Control Panel but which wasn’t work and I was surprised because It worked some time ago.
It will hurt people who became frustrated after losing their valuable Data from Flash Drive. So I started searching on the internet but couldn’t find any solution for the recovery of the invisible files. In meantime, I started studying and was busy with this issue to get fix it immediately and I was eager how to unhide files in USB. I have made a close look at the “Folder Option” located Control Panel and within 10-15 minutes I got succeeded and find that option, which returns showing all invisible files including folders and sub folders in my friend’s USB Flash Disk.
Where are the steps for How to unhide files in USB?
So I am sharing that method with my visitors and fans here so that whenever they will have the same situation they can easily fix the issue by performing very simple steps.
- Go to “Control Panel”. (Tips: From Start Menu Button)
- Select “All Control Panel Items” (Windows XP users “Switch to classic menu”)
- Now Click on “Folder Options” from All Control Panel Items.
- In Folder Options, click on “View” Tab.
- Now select the “Show hidden files, folders and drives” Radio button.
- Time to uncheck “Hide protected operating systems files (Recommended)”, it will show you Warning but proceed with the “Yes” button.
- Now just click on “Apply” and “OK”.
Now just go to your USB Flash Drive and see that all hidden or invisible files are visible in a folder having icons just like your USB drive without any name. You have to just “Cut” and “Paste” these files from that folder to your USB’s root directory. But ensure that your folders and files' Attribution is not hidden. After completing your recovery, I recommend “Restore Default” the Folder Options and reset it back as it was.
Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to unhide files in USB which have gone underground and hidden due to fear of Viruses.