How to Fix USB Flash Drive Hidden Files

Wondering How to Fix USB Flash Drive Hidden Files? This article can surely help you solve your problem easily.

The Situation

You represent your company in a seminar. The speaker use PowerPoint presentation to make sure the topic is visually clear and easy to understand. Because taking notes while listening is so taxing, you think of copying the file later.

You go home excited to view the file you copied from the seminar. You open your laptop, insert the flash drive, then suddenly, all the files and folders in your USB flash drive surprisingly disappeared without a trace. Your suspect is a virus that hide them!

Fix USB Flash Drive Hidden Files: The Solution

This situation is so common. It appears that a lot of computer users have this experience already and most of us panic and don’t know what to do.

There are many ways to solve this problem but I will go straight to the fastest solution. In this tutorial I will be using a PC running Windows 8.1.

First. You need to familiarize what letter is your pen drive or flash drive. To do so, Right-Click your START button, then choose EXPLORER. Or you may click at the windows EXPLORER icon found at the bottom of your desktop called task bar.

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Click This PC and you will see the devices and drives. Usually it has a name such as USB, or the Brand of the drive, or a custom name you use when you reformat the drive. Also USB Flash Drives are easily noticeable when you look at the capacity. They are usually lower in capacity than the hard drives.

File Explorer Drive Letter

Second. Right-click again at the START Button, then choose COMMAND PROMPT.

Third. In the command prompt, type the following:
attrib -h -r -s /s /d H:\*.*

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Take note that the letter H:\ in the example above represents the letter of your USB flash drive and may be a different letter in your case. So don’t forget to replace the letter of the drive. Also, notice and follow the spacing between each character in the command.

Press ENTER and wait for few seconds. Once the command prompt reappear, you are good to go. Your problem is solved.  You must be able to see the files and folders now. Take note that this time, they are inside a single folder with no Folder name.

You may move them back outside that folder, and delete the unnamed folder, or you may leave it as ease. Renaming the unnamed folder with something that is appealing to you is also appropriate.

Good luck! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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