Fix: “This folder is empty” on a USB drive on Windows 10

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 on Windows 10.


1. Open the Windows Command Prompt as administrator.

Three ways to open Command Prompt as administrator:

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.

Fix This folder is empty problem in Windows

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.

USB drive letter

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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