I have an USB flash drive, just 2 days ago I used it and worked fine. But now, when I plug it on the computer it is recognized but when I open it, it says please insert disk. I tried to format it but it says that there is no media on it and I should insert one. I’ve checked the properties, it reported 0 bytes used and 0 bytes total of 0 bytes. I’ve tried disk management, and changed the letter drive but didn’t work. Also it’s reported that there’s no media, no partition, no anything. What should be done?
USB 0 Bytes
Sometimes your storage device, such as USB flash drive, pen drive, SD card or external hard drive doesn’t work well and it appears as an empty hard disk with 0 bytes. When plugging a USB flash drive, Windows will prompt that you need to format the disk before you can use it. When formatting this disk, “Windows was unable to complete the format” message occurs. In this case, you may right click this drive to check “Properties”, but view that your USB drive shows 0 bytes including used space, free space, and capacity. When opening Disk Management, you will find this disk partition is in RAW file system.
Generally speaking, this issue is due to some factors, for example, virus infection, power outage, or improper operation. When this issue happens to you, what should you do? Are the files on the USB flash drive safe?
Is It Possible to Recover Data from 0 Bytes Drive
Usually, there are many important files on the flash drive, including work documents, movies, music files, excels, photos and so on. When USB 0 bytes error appears, Windows can’t recognize the file system, so it is not allowed accessing those files. In this case, you may ask: is it possible to get hard drive data back? Of course. When such a problem occurs, all data is still saved on your USB flash drive. The first thing is to do a RAW disk recovery and then take measures to fix 0 bytes on USB error. Here you should note: don’t format it now and do any other operations after encountering the error, otherwise, the chance to get data back from RAW file system drive is very slim.
How to Recover RAW Drive
Note: Before doing data recovery, it is suggested to connect your USB flash drive to another computer to check whether it also shows 0 bytes. If this issue still appears, now try your best to get data back.
In order to retrieve data after USB drive shows 0 bytes issue happens, some of you may ask a professional data recovery company. However, you may spend much money to do this work. In addition, it is likely that you may encounter the risk of personal information leakage.
Therefore, a professional data recovery tool should be a good choice. Here MiniTool Power Data Recovery is strongly recommended to you. As reliable RAW recovery software, this tool has five editions, including Free Edition, Personal License, Commercial License, Enterprise License and Technician License in Windows 10/7/8/XP/Vista PCs and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2012. Among them, Free Edition is available for non-server users, which can meet your needs to a great extent. As long as data is not overwritten, this tool is useful to get it back.
How to to recover USB flash drive shows 0 bytes.
Step 1: If you are a non-server user, download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition and connect your USB flash drive to your PC for a try.
(Note: Free Edition can help recover up to 1GB data, so if you want to recover large amount of data, please choose other editions.)
Step 2: Launch this free data recovery program, and then you will go to the main interface. Here you will find there are five recovery modules, Undelete Recovery, Digital Media Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, CD/DVD Recovery and Damaged Partition Recovery. Thereinto, the last one is designed to retrieve data from formatted, RAW or damaged partitions. So here please click it to start to recover data from 0 bytes drive.
Step 2: All drives will be listed here. Just select the USB flash drive and then click “Full Scan” button. It will take a few minutes to finish the scan. Please don’t cancel this operation, otherwise, the tool will only load the current data which is not complete.
Note: Before the scan, MiniTool Power Data Recovery offers you a feature “Settings” to help specify file types you want to recover.
Step 3: After finishing the drive scan, all the files will be displayed. Please check the files you want to recover. “Filter” and “Type” features are useful to help find specific file types. If you want to recover photos, “Preview” enables you to view whether the picture is the one you want. Then click “Save” to store these files to another partition or disk.
How to Fix 0 bytes on USB Drive Issue
Now your data is retrieved to a safe location. Next, you should take measures to solve USB drive 0 bytes error. The best solution is to format your drive, however, Windows may fail to format it with an error message “Windows was unable to complete the format”. What should you do? Just do this with a professional disk and partition management program. Here this post is useful: How Do I Fix Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format
With the help of MiniTool Power Data Recovery, you can easily finish data recovery from USB 0 bytes.