How to Retrieve Hidden Files from External Hard Drive?

“Hi, I have an issue with my external hard drive. It has 2 GB of data, but when I connect drive to computer; it shows that “This folder is empty”. When I right click on the drive and check its properties, I can see that drive is displaying used space as 2GB. I don’t have much knowledge about computer. Can anyone suggest me a simple procedure on how to solve this issue?”

Are you going through same problem which has been explained above? If yes, then this is the best place where you can find answer for your question. In the above case, files are hidden on the external hard drive. Hidden files on external hard drive can be called as files that exist on physical drive but remain invisible to users. Hidden files will not be visible when you browse for them using computer's search function. Some files may be hidden by operating system in order to prevent accidental tampering, whereas others may be hidden from your view because they are outdated or corrupted after virus infection. But by changing setting on your Windows computer, you may gain access to your hidden files on external hard drive. Following steps are recommended in order to unhide files on external hard drive:

  • First of all connect external hard drive to your computer and then wait for a while
  • After few seconds an AutoPlay screen will be appeared on your computer screen
  • Click on “Open Folder to view files" option inside the AutoPlay screen
  • Press on "Organize" option that you can see at the top of the screen and then hit on "Folder and search options"
  • Now click on "View" tab then "Show hidden files “under "Navigation Pane", Click "Apply," then "OK”
  • Hidden files now will be visible and you can access them on your computer

This method will definitely work in many cases, but if the external hard drive is severely infected with viruses, then you will not be able to find hidden files even after using this procedure. In that case, the appropriate way to get back hidden files from external hard drive is using file recovery software.

Finding hidden files on external hard drive:

Yodot File Recovery is the praiseworthy software that will assist you to recover hidden files from external hard drive and other storage media on Windows system. It has an innovative scan technology which scans each and every sector of your drive in order to retrieve permanently deleted files from external hard drive that are gone hidden or deleted by dangerous threats like virus or malware. This software has been designed with simple user interface, so that you need not be an IT expert in order to retrieve hidden files and folders from external hard drive. You can restore MS Office files like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, PST, DBX, etc; media files such as photos, videos, music files and other file formats, which are hidden in your external hard drive on Windows OS. Apart from restoring hidden files on portable drive, you can easily restore data from formatted, corrupted, accidentally unmounted external hard drive by availing suitable edition of Yodot.

Procedure to access hidden files from external hard drive

  • First of all connect external hard drive to your computer
  • Once the external hard drive gets detected, download and install Yodot File Recovery software to your computer
  • Now run the application to start the recovery process
  • Once you run the application, you can see two option which are “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Select the option “Lost File Recovery” to recover hidden files from external hard drive
  • Choose the drive that indicates your external hard drive
  • Soon after selection, software starts scanning and displays recoverable files
  • Make your selection by utilizing two view types which are “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • At last save recovered files in a location that you desire, but it should not be external hard drive again

Preventive Tips:

  • Do not connect external hard drive to different computers as viruses may transfer to your external hard drive and hide files present in it
  • It is recommended to install antivirus software to your computer so that it can combat with dangerous viruses

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