If you are the computer scientist of the house, of the family or among friends, then surely you are the one they turn to every time they have a problem with the computer. It is likely that then they have called you on numerous occasions with quite strange things that happen to them on their computer. One of them may be to see how Windows shows us an empty pendrive or USB when it really has files inside. If you are facing this problem, we will show below how to fix a pendrive or USB memory that appears empty despite having files inside.
Although the causes of why this can happen are unknown, sometimes we can get a good scare when we connect a pendrive to the USB port of our computer in which we have saved a lot of files and let’s see how the USB appears empty, blank , as if there were no files inside.
How to recover files from a pendrive or USB that appears empty
This situation is usually caused by a virus that has managed to infect our USB memory or pendrive, therefore, the first thing we can do is try to analyze our USB memory or pendrive with an antivirus. Whether it detects some type of threat or not, if once it has been checked or cleaned it continues to appear blank, as if it were empty, we will have to do the following.
We connect the USB memory or pendrive to our computer, we open the Windows file explorer and we make sure that the hidden files are showing. To do this, we go to the option Doe menu View> Show or hide and check that the Hidden elements box is correctly marked.
If this is the case, the next thing we have to do to recover the files from a pendrive or USB that appears empty is to open a command prompt window. Once we are in front of the command line, we have to type attrib -h -r -s / s /de:*.* . We have to bear in mind that we must replace the drive letter e: with the drive letter that represents our pendrive or USB memory. Finally, with the command written correctly, we press Enter and wait for the process to run correctly.
Once finished, we can go back to the file explorer and check that all the files stored on our USB memory or pendrive are now visible. The files will be found inside an unnamed folder that we can rename later. If the problem still continues, then we will have no choice but to use a third-party application.