How to Show Hidden Files in Pendrive?

How to show hidden files in pendrive? If you have flash drive files disappeared,you could read thisarticle and get some help here.


By Lora / Updated on April 2, 2024

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How can I see my hidden files in USB?

The pendrive is widely utilized among people for its tiny size, large volume, and portability. Thanks to the big storage space, users can save and keep their essential files like photos, videos, movies, music, work files, etc.

But there is no exception that pendrive users will also be bothered by data loss from USB flash drives.

Some of them may accidentally remove files from the USB and wonder do deleted files from USB go to recycle bin; some may meet problems that force them to format their USB drives.


The Pendrive store file is hidden


my transcend 8 GB pen drive is not working . when I attach it to my computer then it works but when I store something then stored .after that when I remove the pen drive from the computer and then attached the store file is hidden and the size is also taken.


- Question from CCM


You are not the only one who is suffering from data loss on pendrives. If you also can’t see files in USB or have your files disappeared from USB, this article will be worth reading.

Now, please check the reasons why files get missing from pendrive first.

Why is my USB not showing files?

Why files and folders disappeared from flash drive? You may check these possible causes.

Files were hidden. Files might get hidden due to virus attacks or misoperation; viruses sometimes hide, delete, and encrypt users’ files deliberately.

File deletion. Some users also may have removed their files from the USB mistakenly.

Corrupted file system. The file system decides how the files are stored and how the system can retrieve the files. If the file system goes corrupted, the files might get disappeared.

Physical damage. Severe damages will not only destroy the hardware of the USB drive but also cause data loss.

So, it is obvious that except for hidden files, deleted files are also tricky and challenging. But, don’t worry; no matter whether your files were hidden or deleted, this article will help you out.

How to show hidden files in pendrive?

There are in general 3 methods to show hidden files in pendrive. These solutions are suitable for Windows 10 users; if you are a Windows 7 user, please follow the guide to show hidden files in Windows 7.

Method 1. Show hidden files in USB via File Explorer

The easiest and quickest way to achieve so is via File Explorer. In this way, you could show hidden files in specific folders.

Step 1. Please open This PC by pressing Win+E > head over to the specific folder > View > Options > View > Advanced settings.

Step 2. Check the option Show hidden files, folders, and drives.


Thus, users who can’t see files on USB can make their files visible.

Method 2. Turn to the Control Panel

Another way how to show hidden files in pendrive is by turning to the Control Panel. By doing so, you could show all hidden files in File Explorer.

Step 1. Search for Control Panel; in the Windows search box > Appearance and Personalization.


Step 2. Click File Explorer Options.


Step 3. Click View > Show hidden files, folders, and drives > Apply.


Thus you can show flash drive files disappeared.

Method 3. Show hidden files using cmd

If you are not able to open File Explorer or the Control Panel is not working properly, you can also try CMD.

Command Prompt is a good tool allowing users to manage their devices. But it offers no user interface and is challenging in using.

Its attrib command can help users remove or add attributes to the files chosen. For example, you can remove the “hidden” attribute of the files and thus unhide the files.

If attrib command is not working, please seek help in the guide.

Step 1. Start Command Prompt > choose Run as administrator.


Step 2. Input “attrib -h -r -s /s /d drive letter:\*.*”, for example, “attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.*”.


In his way, you can solve the question “How to show hidden files in pendrive”.

How to recover deleted files efficiently?

As mentioned above, users might delete their files mistakenly as well. And pendrive will not act like local drive and keep the removed files in a recycle bin temporarily but directly wipe the files.

Thus, users will have nowhere to seek their removed files. At this time, how to recover flash drive files disappeared? Is there an easy way?

Of course, yes. Using a professional Windows data recovery app will be a good option. Among many tools, MyRecover is your second-to-none choice. It facilitates users to restore deleted and missing files from HDD, SSD, USB, SD cards, etc.

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It is suggested to choose another drive different from the source drive as the destination drive to save your recovered files. 
Please connect your pendrive properly with care to avoid physical damage to the device.

Step 1. Install and run > connect the USB flash drive > hover the mouse over the pen drive > click Scan.


Step 2. While scanning, you can search and sort the files by Date modified, Type, Size, etc. If you can still recall the filenames or the file types, you could input the names or the extensions to target them.


Step 3. Go to Deleted files or Recycle Bin > select the files you need, e.g., Images > click Recover x files.


Thus you could recover deleted or missing files from your pendrive. Also, this powerful tool is a good app to undo flash drive delete.

Wrapping up

Users who want to know how to show hidden files in pendrive could refer to this guide and get some help to make their files visible.

If you also can’t see files on USB flash drives, you could try unhiding the files in File Explorer, Control Panel, or use Command Prompt.

Or, unlucky, if your files were lost or deleted, you might as well choose MyRecover to help you restore them quickly.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.