How to Retrieve Hidden Files from USB Pen Drive?

“Hi everybody, I was using 16GB SanDisk pen drive for storing my college project details. I regularly carry this pen drive to my college for project purpose. From few days whenever I am connecting my Pen drive to college system, suddenly all my files/folders get disappear or shown with exe extensions. Nothing is visible even when I connect same Pen drive to system at home, but the memory bar indicates the utilized space on pen drive. I tried to unhide the files by using view option “Show hidden files” and then also it’s not showing the files, but files are there. Could anyone please help me to get out of this strange problem and to recover hidden data from Pen drive???”

Pen drives are most widely used external hardware devices for easy storage and transfer of files or folders. Sometimes users may not be able to see files or folders stored on pen drives. This is because all the files or folders are in hidden mode, if the storage device doesn’t have these setting enabled or it could be due to undetected malware. Users may need to remove auto run files first and then proceed with removing the infected files using a recommended anti-malware.


If you are not able to fix this issue even after scanning your pen drive by anti-virus application and enabling the hidden mode option on storage device, then better use the following below procedure:

  • Go to Control Panel, Folder options, select VIEW tab, select “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)” now click APPLY.
  • Open Command prompt (Win + R, type cmd, press enter), assuming ‘G:’ as the affected drive, enter this command: attrib –h –r –s /s /d g:\*.* Replace ‘g:’ with other drive letter if needed.

Once you enter the above command in command prompt window, then check your USB pen drive you can see all your files are back in their original location. By using the above procedure, you can retrieve files or folders if they are present in Pen drive. What if the hidden files are deleted or lost from the Pen drive due to several reasons.

Common scenarios for loss of hidden files on Pen drive are given below:-

  • You may hide some of your important files on other folder, but unfortunately you may delete that folder
  • Sometimes you might hide essential files or folders on other folder and you may forget the location of the hidden files
  • If you have malicious virus on your pen drive, then it will hide all your files or folders in the drive or creates shortcut icons

If you come across any similar type of problem with your Pen drives as mentioned above, then don’t be dispersed. You can recover hidden files that are lost or deleted from Pen drive due to several reasons. But the initial thing you need to do is just look for best hidden file recover utility capable of retrieving lost or deleted hidden files from Pen drives and other external storage devices. But most of them use Yodot File Recover utility, why because it will efficiently retrieve your hidden files from your pen drives and other storage devices on Windows PC.

Best hidden file recovery utility:

Yodot File Recovery is one of the outstanding file recovery software which will recover all your hidden files and folders delete or lost from pen drive. This software not only retrieves hidden files from Pen drives, but it also retrieves other crucial data from internal memory of the computer, laptop, notebook etc. The application uses an advanced built in algorithm to identify and rescue hidden files form pen drive. Yodot File Recovery can retrieve hidden files from USB pen drive of various brands like HP, SanDisk, Transcend, Kingston, Lexar, iBall, etc on Windows OS.

How to use hidden file recovery tool on Windows systems?

  • Connect your Pen drive to the Windows computer
  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software to the Pen drive connected computer
  • Run the software to begin the recovery process and follow the instruction present on it
  • The software displays two options in the main screen. i.e.,”Delete File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Since you need to recover hidden files from pen drive, just select “Lost File Recovery” option
  • The recovery utility will scan the computer and shows all the physical and logical drives present in the system including your pen drive
  • Select the Pen drive from which you need to recover hidden files and press “ Next” button
  • The software will scan the selected Pen drive and displays all the recovered hidden files and folders in “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Data View provides the hierarchical view of files and folders similar to windows explorer
  • File Type View helps to view recovered hidden files on the basis of file extension
  • At last save the retrieved hidden files to your desired location on your PC


  • Don’t hide your important files in unwanted folder that is no longer available on your computer
  • Install good anti-virus application to protect your computer and external storage devices from virus infection

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