Usb stick/drive data not showing, pen drive data hidden after virus in Windows fixings - 3 ways


Your pen drive shows empty even when data exist? Your pen drive not detected in Windows 10/7? This page tells how to restore files hidden in pen stick folder when pen drive has data but not showing/visible/ because USB is infected with virus/malware or you accidentally hide all files and folders in your USB. You can bring back all hidden files from USB thumb drive whether the data is hidden because of virus infection, erased by antivirus software or by human mistake.

Pen Drive Has Data but Not Showing Due to Virus

Sometimes pen drive is not showing data only shortcut or usb is not showing files in Windows 10 or 7 when the usb files are missing but space still used.

Virus infection is the most command reason that causes all files hidden in the pen drive folder. This is the right guide for your pen drive data recovery for free.

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"Folders in my pen drive are hidden because of virus attack. I cannot unhide the folder because the hidden tick is grayed out in the Properties of the folder. How can I see USB hidden files due to virus infection?"
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Virus infection sometimes hides data in your pen drive but still occupy space. How do you restore files hidden by viruses, malware or Trojan?

Tip: Do not run antivirus software to scan the virus infected pen stick because it probably removes all folder and files. You can run anti-virus software after getting back all hidden data.

Fix #1 - Pen Drive Hidden Files Recovery with Attrib Command

How to unhide virus infected files in pen stick? Without any software, you may run CMD to unhide data from a pen drive.

For instance, pen drive is showing up as H: drive in computer, you can follow the tutorial below to show hidden files from it:

Click "Start" Menu > "Run" > type "cmd" > type "attrib -h -r -s /s /d h:\*.* "

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Also read: 3 ways to show hidden files in usb or remove short cut virus from pen drive

If the above method does not work, try the following which would definitely work for your flash stick.

Fix #2 - How Do I Recover USB Hidden Files

When pen drive not showing files and folders due to virus infection or any other reasons, you can use iCare Data Recovery Pro to recover hidden data from USB. This data recovery software is able to deep scan and show hidden files from pen drive. Even if the data got deleted by virus, you can use iCare Recovery Pro to restore erased files from the pendrive.

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Fix #3 - Unhide Files in Pen Stick When Files/Folders Hidden in Windows?

If files got hidden in pen stick not due to virus attack, but because you hide all files and folders in it, you can unhide files in pen stick following:

Open the pen drive on computer and click "Tools" > "Folder Option" > click "View" tab > click "Show hidden files and folders"

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Also read: how to recover files from pen drive

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Last updated on Nov 28, 2023

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