Fix: “This folder is empty” on a USB drive in Windows
This tutorial will show you step by step what to do when you see “This folder is empty” when opening a USB flash drive or external hard drive.
1. Open the Windows Command Prompt as administrator.
Three ways to open Command Prompt as administrator:
- Type cmd or command in the Windows search box. Right-click on Command Prompt and then click on Run as administrator.
- Windows 10: right-click on the start menu button and then click on Command Prompt (Admin).
- Press the [Windows] + [R] keys on your keyboard to open the “Run” box. Type cmd into the box and then press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Enter] keys on your keyboard.
2. Enter the following command:
attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.*
Note: Replace the letter f with the drive letter of your USB device.
To find out the drive letter of a USB device; open Windows Explorer, click on This PC (Windows 10) or My Computer, under Devices and drives, you will see the drive letter (e.g., (E:), (F:), etc.) next to the name of the USB device.
3. Press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.
4. Close the “Command Prompt” window.
5. Check if your USB device is displaying files.
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