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How to Show the Hidden Files and Folders of USB Drive

This article will introduce the way to view the hidden files and folders of USB flash drive. In part 1, it offers you how to show the hidden files and folders on USB drive, which is plugging into PC running windows 7 OS. And part 2 is going to introduce how to display hidden files and folders in windows 8/10.


Part 1: Show the Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7

If you plug USB device into a computer running Windows 7 OS, follow this steps:

Step 1: Connect USB device to computer, open Folder Options.

Way 1: When plug a USE driver into a computer, it'll be recognized and pop-up with the following dialog, under General options, click Open folders to view files.

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Tip 1: If your USB device can't be detected by computer, you can refer to this solution Fix USB Device Can't be Recognized by My Computer

Way 2: When folders open in Windows Explorer, click Tools > Folder Options.

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Tip 2: When you are in folder view, but can't see Tools, go to click Organize > Folder and Search Options.

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Step 2: Click the View tab. Under Advanced settings list, click Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

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Step 3: Then click Apply, then OK.

Part 2: To Display the Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 8/10

How to display hidden files and folders in windows 10/8:

Step 1: Open Folder Options.

Open USB flash drive in Windows 10, click View and select Options.

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Step 2: To show the hidden files and folders in the View settings.

In the Folder Options window, click View tab, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files, folders, and drives option.

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Step 3: Then click Apply, then OK. You'll see the files of USB drive.

Tip: If files and folders can't display, it may be infected by virus or malware.

When you plug a USB into a public-using computer, it often makes USB device carry with malware or virus, which may cause the data on a USB drive to vanish. To unhide hidden files and folders see how to recover those lost files and folders due to a virus or malware on USB drive.