How to Show Hidden Files in USB Drive/SD Card/Laptop

Help! Today I tried to move several photos from my external hard drive, but the drive appears to be empty when I opened it. However, Windows Explorer shows that 17GB of space is occupied from my hard drive. What is happening?

The case above reveals a common problem facing by thousands of electronic device users. The missing files are possibly hidden, which could happen due to mistaken setting, virus attack, system corruption and many more reasons. Don’t panic when you find a disk drive is empty. In this article, we are going to learn 4 methods to recover hidden files from USB drive, laptop, hard drive or SD card.

Show Hidden Files

How Are Files Hidden

Among all the cases, extra handling shall be applied only when you believe virus infection has happened. Please make sure to scan the infected disk drive with spyware removal software before trying the methods below.

Method 1. How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10/8/7

In Windows PC, users can manually hide the files or folders that they don’t want anyone else to see, but some people could forget it. In this case, we can choose to show hidden files in Windows Explorer.

For Windows 10 and 8

The change will apply to all hidden files and items on your Windows 10/8 computer. If you want to hidden a specific item again, just right-click on it, choose Properties, then tick the box of Hide.

For Windows 7

This method also applies for files manually hidden in removable disk drives, like external hard drive, USB drive and memory card.

Method 2. How to Recover Hidden Files (100% Working)

Whether your files are somehow hidden due to various reasons, or you have deleted the folder and files, a good data recovery software can help you restore them easily.

RePicvid Data Recovery is the best software to recover photos, videos, audio, documents, archive files, etc. With this easy-to-use program, you will recover hidden files from USB drive, SD card or hard drive in Windows & Mac like a breeze.

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Why Choose RePicvid Data Recovery:

Follow the steps below to recover hidden files:

Step 1. Run RePicvid and Choose a Recovery Mode

You will see three options (Photo/Multimedia/Office) and the All button on the main screen of the program. Please check the sample file formats on the three sections. Click any of the four options to continue.

Run RePicvid and Choose a Recovery Mode

Step 2. Select a Partition to Scan for Hidden Files

Check all the detected disk drives, including the internal and external hard drives and connected removable disks. Select the drive where your files were hidden, then click Scan button to proceed.
Tips: You can also click Advanced Settings to specify the file formats you want to recover.

Select a Partition to Scan for Hidden Files

Step 3. Preview and Recover Hidden Files

Once the scanning is completed, you can click the file types on the left pane and preview the found files on the right so that you know what you will recover. Check only the files you need, then click Recover button to recover hidden files from USB drive, SD card or hard drive.

Preview and Recover Hidden Files

Method 3. Recover Hidden Files from USB with Command Prompt

The above two methods should work for most cases. However, if you’d like to try more solutions, the CMD utility in Windows is worth a try.

Method 4. Show Hidden Files with CHKDSK Command

Similar to the Command above, CHKDSK is another command for recovering hidden files. This command will check the target disk drive and try to fix possible errors so that the hidden files will appear again.

Command Prompt can actually do further, such as recovering corrupted SD card with DISKPART command, if the CHKDSK command doesn’t work for you.

Bottom Line

In this tutorial, we have learnt 4 methods to recover hidden files from USB drive, memory card and computer hard drive. It is important to know the location of the hidden files to avoid time wasting. In addition to the solutions in this article, you can also hide and unhide files with file encryption software by adding a lock. Feel free to tell us in the comment if you have any questions or opinions.

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