Fix: USB drive folders / files are not showing in Windows 10

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Can't see any of the folders of a USB device on your computer? If that's the case, you don't need to worry further. This problem can occur due to a virus or corrupted file on the USB drive. Simply follow these simple fixes on your computer and you will be able to access the files on your USB device in no time.

Fix-1 Recover Hidden Files-

You can recover all files from USB file by passing a command through Command Prompt.



1. Press Windows key + E. This will open File Explorer.

2. Now, click on the button "What PC".

3. In the next step, you need to write down the letter of the USB Drive (Example- For us the drive letter of the USB device is "F:").

4. Press Tasto Windows + R run Running.

5. Digita “cmd"In the Run window and then press" Ctrl+ Gears + enter" together.

Command Prompt will open the window with administrative rights.

5. In the Command Prompt window, copy paste e change according to your system the command and then press enter to run it.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.*

Example– Replace the “with the letter of the USB drive. It's the letter 'F:' so, in this case, the command will look like this-

attrib -h -r -s / s / d f: *. *

This process may take some time to complete.

After closing the Command Prompt file, try to access the files / folders on the USB.



Your problem will be solved.

Fix-2 Access USB folder from browser window-

If you are unable to access the USB file / folders from File Explorer, you can do so from the browser window.

1. Press Windows key + E and click the "What PC".

2. Now, double click on the USB drive to access it.

3. Now, in the address bar, right click on the drive letter (such as H: / or F: / or G: /, etc.) and then click "copy".

5. Now open a browser window.

6. Paste the drive letter in the address bar of the browser window and press enter to access the files / folders of the USB drive.

7. You will see the USB drive folders in the browser window.

8. Minimize the browser window.

9. Now, right click in the Desktop, click on "New"And click"Folder".


10 Double click over it "New folder“To open it.

11. Maximize the browser window.

12. Now, to drag folders / files from the browser window to the new folder window to create a copy of the folders in the USB device.

Repeat the feat for every other file / folder you wish to transfer.

That's all! This way you can create a new folder and transfer files from the 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, it will not be accessible.

1. To open the File Explorer print window Windows key + E together.

2. In the File Explorer window, just click on “What PC"And then click"Manage".

Computer Management window will open.

3. In the IT Management window, on the left side, click "Disk management".

4. You will see your hard drive partitions including the removable USB drive.

5. Right click on the partition of the USB drive and then click "Change drive letter and path ...".

6. Click on 'Inserisci“To assign a new drive letter.

7. In the Add Drive Letter or Path window, click "Assign the following drive letter".

8. Now, click on the drop-down menu next to the option and choose a drive letter (such as “F:").

9. Finally, click on "ok“To apply the changes to the computer.

Near window computer management.

Try to access the USB drive. You will be able to see the USB drive and access it.

Your problem will be solved.

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