How to Recover Files Which Are Not Showing Up on Flash Drive

Learn how to How to Recover Files Which Are Not Showing Up on Flash Drive. USB flash drives have gained more importance in sharing and storing data among different systems. One can store huge amount of data on these tiny USB drives and you can even find USB drives having storage capacity equal to hard drive. Sometimes you might face connectivity issues with flash drive to a Windows system or another device with a USB port and find that files are not showing up. The problem can be as a result of multiple issues such as damaged drive, dead USB port, corrupt file system, driver issues or a dead USB drive and much more bringing some logical conflicts on USB drive.

To Recover Files Which Are Not Showing Up on Flash Drive you need to try different methods and find out which one will be best suited as per your needs.

In some instances harmful viruses or unexpected disasters may hide essential files on USB drive even if you enable “Shown hidden files and folders” option. In such cases, one can restore hidden files from USB drive by following below mentioned steps:
1.    Locate your USB drive on system
2.    Open command prompt using Start -> Run -> type cmd
3.    On command prompt type the letter assigned to your USB drive (Example if J, type J)
4.    Later type cd and press Tab key until you get hidden folders
5.    At last make those files and folders unhidden by typing attrib “foldername” – h. Now you can find hidden files on your USB drive
Below are more solutions you might need to follow:

1.    Check Disk Management:
Check if the flash drive is recognized by the disk management. If recognized try to format, at times improper formatting could also be a reason behind the flash drive disappearance in ‘Computer’. Alternative, you can try to assign a new drive letter to the Flash drive under disk management. Ensure, the new drive letter is not being used by another drive

2.    Check USB Port:
Still facing the same problem, try to connect your Flash drive to another USB port on the same computer. Bravo! If it works possibly you may have a dead USB port. Problems still exists, then connect your drive to other computer and check whether now it is recognized under ‘Disk Management’ or not.

3.    Update the Driver:
Check using the Device Manager and update the driver if required. Possibly you might need an update.

4.    Format the drive:
If all the above explained processes do not make your drive appear, drive formatting is the best way to make it accessible. Sometimes, partially formatted drive may become invisible and could not be accessed. To resolve this, you need to format it again and see if you can now access it as you used to.

5.    Use data Recovery software:
Restore all important files from your flash drive before final formatting as this process will remove complete data stored on your flash drive. Use software to recover and restore all the inaccessible files from the Flash drive and search for all the lost files on the flash drive.

Suggestions to avoid data loss:
•    Each time you ejecting USB drive from your system use the “Safely Remove” or “Eject” option
•    Avoid using the same USB device in multiple systems as there is possibility of its corruption
•    Whenever there takes place loss of file from USB drive, immediately stop storing new data on that flash drive as its storage space may overwrite and thereby lessen the chances of data retrieval

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