How can I retrieve files from a folder that shows as empty on a USB flash drive?

Manna H November 11, 2012

I have very important info in a folder on a flash memory and when I’m opening the folder, it is showing it empty. I think the folder is corrupted. Is there any way to retrieve the info?

  1. Igor Rizvi?
    January 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Try a free software recuva might help a little

  2. Joel Jacob
    January 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Press win + R
    Type cmd
    Enter this command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
    Then check if your real files will be shown
    If this does 'nt work u can try some recovery tools like recuva

  3. Meeth Jain
    December 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

    you can a use a data recovery tool like EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional...
    torrent link :

  4. Abba Jee
    November 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    i would suggest ha14 method to resolve your issue

  5. softwaredemons
    November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Have u tried Recuva use it first
    Visit to know about how to use Recuva

  6. Josalone Wordsworth
    November 14, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Well there are quite a few softwares that solve this problem. USBshow being one of them. Here a link to my personal one (
    I previously used a to show windows hidden files. That brings them back to.

  7. maria
    November 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

    with 3rd party data recovery software. wish you can recover your lost data.

  8. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    November 13, 2012 at 2:22 am

    try these software's to recover the deleted files

  9. susendeep dutta
    November 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    If others suggestions doesn't works and you are sure that the particular folder being described by you is malware infested,then follow the advice mentioned by Kovensky in the link below -

    Also,the Easeus Data recovery Wizard is useful too -

  10. Andrew Newey
    November 12, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Use this free file recovery tool (recuva)

    I use it all the time (I must be a bit trigger happy with my deleting!).

    As long as you haven't formatted the drive or done a heap of file manipulation since the deletion occurred, it will work.

    Good luck,

  11. Boni Oloff
    November 12, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Try to show hidden files and the system files.

  12. Jim Chambers
    November 12, 2012 at 12:54 am
  13. Nikhil Chandak
    November 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    it may be hidden , u can't see the folders
    but to revive the files use Advance System Care 5
    In Advance System Care , go in the Toolbox & then in Disk Explore , then explore the USB flash drive & then u will see all the files present in it
    or use some recovery softwares such as Recuva & Panda Recovery

  14. Erlis D.
    November 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    The others gave the right explanation how to solve it! But if you can't un-hide, probably they are affected by a virus!

  15. Somaiya Ebrahim
    November 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    type the whole address of the folder in the address bar

  16. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    It might be hidden. Click organize-folder...options-uncheck 'hide operating system files...'

  17. ha14
    November 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

    on "Start" -->Run-->type cmd and launch it with administrative rights (right click on it).
    if your USB drive as G:
    Enter this command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
    Then check if your real files will be shown

    ypou can try some recovery tools like recuva, pandora recovery

    • Drew Butler
      November 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      ^good advice.. Also consider backing up important files to an online storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive, this way even if you have a problem with files being corrupted on a portable drive you will still have them backed up....also as a precaution make sure to zip these files with a password and that will help keep them completely secure if you are concerned with important personal data being backed up to the cloud.

    • Qin Tang
      November 19, 2012 at 5:51 am

      Great advice, and there are many free recovery software like Recuva, MiniTool power data recovery is also a great chioce. Good Luck.

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