Are you unable to see any of the folders of a USB device on your computer? If that is the case then you don’t have to worry further. This problem may happen due to a virus or a file corruption in the usb drive. Simply follow these easy fixes on your computer and you will be able to access the files on your usb device in no time at all.
Fix-1 Recover hidden files-
You can recover all the files from the USB by passing a command through Command Prompt.
1. Press Windows key+E to open File Explorer on your computer.
2. In File Explorer window, click on “This PC” to visualize all the drives on your computer.
3. Note the drive letter of USB Drive (Example– For us the drive letter of the USB device is “F:” ).
4. Press Windows Key+R to launch Run.
5. Type “cmd” in Run window and then press “ Ctrl+ Shift + Enter” together.
Command Prompt window with administrative rights will be opened.
5. In Command Prompt window, copy-paste and modify the command and then hit Enter to execute it.
attrib -h -r -s /s /d <drive letter>\*.*
[Example– For us, the command will look like this-
attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.*
This process may take a while to be complete.
Close Command Prompt window. Now, try to access the files/ folders on the usb.
Your problem will be solved.
Fix-2 Access the USB folder from browser window-
If you can’t access the usb file/ folders from File Explorer, you can do it from your browser window.
1. Press Windows key+E to open File Explorer window on your computer.
2. Now, in File Explorer window, click on “This PC” to visualize all the drives on your computer.
3. On the right hand side, double click on your usb drive to open it.
4. Now, on the address bar, right click on the drive letter (such as H:/ or F:/ or G:/ etc) and then click on “Copy“.
5. Now, open a browser window.
6. Paste the drive letter in the address bar of the browser window and hit Enter to access the files/ folders of the usb drive.
7. You will see the folders of the usb drive in the browser window.
8. Minimize the browser window.
9. Now, right click in Desktop, click on “New” and click on “Folder“.
10. Double click on “New folder” to open it.
11. Maximize the browser window.
12. Now, drag the folders/ files from the browser window to the new folder window in order to create a copy of the folders in usb device.
Repeat the feat for every other file/ folder you want to transfer.
That’s it! This way you can create a new folder and transfer the files from your USB drive without accessing it from File Explorer.
Fix-3 Assign a drive letter-
If there is no drive letter associated with the usb drive you will not be able to access it.
1. Press Windows key+E together to open File Explorer window.
2. In File Explorer window, on the left hand side, right click on “This PC” and then click on “Manage“.
Computer Management window will be opened.
3. In Computer Management window, on the left hand side, click on “Disk Management“.
4. You will see the partitions of your hard drive including the removable USB drive.
5. Right click on the usb drive partition and then click on “Change Drive Letter and Paths…“.
6. Click on “Add” to assign a new drive letter.
7. In Add Drive Letter or Path window, click on “Assign the following drive letter“.
8. Now, click on the drop-down beside the option and choose any drive letter (Like “F:“).
9. Finally, click on “OK” to apply the changes on your computer.
Close Computer Management window.
Further, press Windows key + E to open File Explorer window. You will be able to see the usb drive and access it.
Your problem will be solved.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.