It's Easy To Recover 0 Bytes Files If Only You Have This Tool
- Chapter 1 – You Can Recover 0 Bytes Files Independently
- Chapter 2 – Why Files Become 0 Bytes & How to Fix
- Chapter 3 – Summary
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In general, people don't pay much attention to the size of files or folders unless they notice that or receive a message saying that there is not enough free space. That is to say, you actually don't know exactly the size of a file under normal conditions. But we bet that you will perceive when the size of a hard disk partition, a USB drive or a file becomes 0 bytes.
What are you gonna do when the hard disk is showing 0 bytes or flash disk shows 0 bytes? Data in the hard disk or flash drive must be the thing that you care the most about, right? In such situation, you are definitely eager to recover 0 bytes files. But how? This becomes the most troublesome issue since ordinary users often don't have such experience or don't have relevant knowledge to help them get through the problem.
Noticing this, we decide to put a spin on it. We'd like to introduce a powerful file recovery tool – MiniTool Power Data Recovery – to you and then walk you through the detailed steps to restore 0 byte files in Windows. And after that, we'll introduce three other supplement measures to recover zero byte files. By the way, if you need to recover 0 byte files on Mac, you'd better choose MiniTool Mac Data Recovery.
The free edition of Power Data Recovery allows you to recover 1GB of data for free while Mac Data Recovery only allows you to recover 1MB of data. In view of this, we recommend that you try the free edition firstly to restore 0 byte files and then decide to acquire an advanced edition or not, according to your feelings.
Chapter 1 – You Can Recover 0 Bytes Files Independently
Hard disk (both internal and external), USB flash drive, SD card and memory stick are easy to fall victim to the virus, a sudden crash, improper shutdown and other reasons. Then, the drive becomes 0 bytes and you lose access to data saved here. Is this familiar to you? No matter the answer is positive or negative, we think you'd better read the following paragraphs carefully to know how to deal with 0 byte file recovery.
You may as well read How To Recover Data After Hard Drive Crash to know exactly how to deal with hard drive crash and how to recover data from crashed hard drive effectively when the crash happens to you.
In this chapter, we'll firstly give solutions to help you fix the problem. Then, we plan to list some specific cases to show you the problem. All the steps below are carried out on Windows Platform; if you need to recover
How to Recover Data from USB 0 Bytes
Preparations: get MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition V7.0 and then install it to the local drive or USB drive that includes no files waiting to be recovered. After that, connect the hard drive or flash drive from which you want to recover data and launch this file recovery tool to be ready to recover 0 bytes files.
Step 1: put your cursor onto each functional module in the main interface to see their specific usage. Then, choose the one that is most suitable for your case.
a). If you need to recover files from a partition that becomes 0 bytes suddenly, you should click on "Damaged Partition Recovery".
b). If the whole hard disk becomes 0 bytes and you want to recover data from the missing partitions, you're suggested to choose "Lost Partition Recovery".
Step 2: select the partition/hard disk that shows as 0 bytes from software interface and then click on "Full Scan" button to carry out a thorough scan on the target place. Before this, you can also choose to click on "Settings" button to make the tool to scan only certain file system(s) or file type(s). Now, you ought to wait for the full scan (you can wait until the progress bar goes to 100% or you can click on "Cancel" to see files found till now).
Step 3: open the found partitions one by one to check all the files you want to recover from the 0 byte drive. If you still can't find some needed files after browsing all partitions listed in software, you can click on "Back" button and choose the partition(s) not listed in the picture below to see whether you can find more files.
- "Find" function is able to help you find files quickly by file name.
- "Filter" function is able to help you narrow the search range by file extension, file size and creation date & modification date of files.
Step 4: add a check mark in front of all files that you plan to recover. Then, press "Scan" button and choose a safe storage path to save the recovered files (we advise you not to choose the original drive as the storage destination for fear of data overwriting).
- You may as well get a license for an advanced edition of this tool in the following cases:
a). you're satisfied with the recovery result and decide to support this tool.
b). you're not allowed to recover more than 1GB of data by using the free edition.
- If you need to recover corrupted files (files become 0 bytes), you may also use MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
- If you have to recover files from the hard disk on a unbootable computer, you need to get a boot disk.
- If you need to get an advanced edition for Mac platform, Mac Data Recovery should be chosen.
When Flash Drive or External Hard Disk Showing 0 Bytes
Case 1: pen drive shows RAW, 0 bytes.
"I have 2gb pen drive which I had some data. Basically all business related things. When I'm' inserting it's showing as removable (E); File system: RAW; Used space: 0 bytes; Free space: 0 bytes. But when I'm going into Disk management it is showing as Disk 1 removable (E); 243 MB online; 243 MB Unallocated in a box. Can I recover my data back or is it useable anymore? And a good explanation why it has happened will be handy!"– posted by rajasharma on TechSpot Forums
When the user inserts a 2GB pen drive to the computer, he finds it is showing as RAW (with 0-byte used space and 0-byte free space). He said that the business related data are saved in the pen drive, so he wants to find out a way to recover data from pen drive and make it usable if possible.
Please don't worry too much since MiniTool Power Data Recovery is able to recover data from USB 0 bytes. He just needs to scan the USB drive by using "Damaged Partition Recovery" function. Actually, RAW data recovery will be a very simple thing as long as you choose the right tool.
Case 2: there are 0 bytes on the hard drive.
"A friend of mine has asked for my help in retrieving data from her hard drive that apparently is infected with one (or multiple) virus (es). She can no longer boot her machine using this hard drive. I took the hard drive from her eMachine (running Win 2K) and hooked it up to mine (running Win 2K) as a slave. After rebooting my system, I can see the drive, but the system tells me there are 0 bytes and I need to reformat it - which, of course, I can't do until I retrieve the data files.
The hard drive is a Maxtor, 160GB, ATA drive. Model WD1600. Is there a way to retrieve her data? Is there a software application capable of doing this, or is there a way I can repair/restore his boot sector (which I assume is corrupt)?"– asked by bobjames on Tech Support Guy Forums
The user said that the hard drive of his friend has been attacked by a virus, so his friend is not able to boot the computer with the drive. Thus, he takes out the hard drive and then connects it to his own computer that works fine. Now, he can see the hard drive of his friend on the computer, but the prompts say that there are 0 bytes and he needs to reformat the drive for further use. Of course, he didn't do so, so he needs to recover data from it urgently.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is also helpful in this case (connecting internal hard disk showing 0 bytes to another computer is the same as external hard disk showing 0 bytes); he needs to make use of "Damaged Partition Recovery" if he can still see the partitions on that hard drive. On the contrary, if all partitions are gone, he should choose "Lost Partition Recovery".
Chapter 2 – Why Files Become 0 Bytes & How to Fix
What Causes A Drive Become 0 Byte
- Malicious software, viruses and spyware: any programs designed with mischievous nature and the purpose of stealing data can easily make your device or partition become RAW.
- Bad sectors on the storage device: a hard drive or USB drive may get bad sectors, causing problems in saving or reading data. So you finally get a 0 byte drive. (You can read this to know why bad sectors appear and how to deal with them).
- Physical damage: storage device will become 0 bytes if it is physically damaged; for instance, the circuits or boards fail to work.
- Unexpected power failure: if abrupt power failure/power outage occurs when the disk is writing data, it will bring damage to data as well we the disk.
- Partition corruption: if DBR (Dos Boot Record) or file system is corrupted, the corresponding drive may show as 0 bytes.
- Improper shutdown of PC: unexpected crash or improper shutdown of PC may result in a change of parameters, loss of important data and other problems.
- Remove USB device from computer forcibly: when you remove a USB device from the computer, you may end up in failure, getting the error message shown below. At this time, you shouldn't continue to remove the device forcibly; or problems can easily be caused.
Pleases consider those factors if your hard drive or USB drive shows 0 bytes.
How to Fix Drive Showing 0 Bytes Issue
Run anti-virus software.
If you doubt that your drive showing 0 bytes is infected with the virus, you may as well choose a powerful & reliable anti-virus program. Then, launch it to scan your storage device and computer to clean the virus completely.
Open the Run dialog box by using the way you prefer -> type cmd in the Run dialog box -> press "Enter" keyboard -> type "chkdsk /f *:" in the CMD (*: stands for the drive letter of the 0 bytes drive which stores important files you need) –> hit "Enter" to start -> then the CMD will execute this command automatically in order to fix 0 byte file errors.
Modify file extensions.
Right-click on the drive & select "Properties" -> navigate to "Tools" option -> click on "Check now…" button -> click on "Start" button in the pop-up window shown below -> click on "Close" button in the window pops up automatically -> click on "Cancel" button at the bottom of the Properties window -> type "FOUND.000" in the address field -> press "Enter" -> choose to rename the repaired file & change the extension to keep the same format -> remember to save the file to another location -> open and check the files you've just repaired and saved.
Chapter 3 – Summary
All in all, when you suddenly find that your hard drives/flash disks or some files become 0 bytes, you should take actions to recover 0 bytes files immediately. You're suggested to follow the steps we've given in chapter 1 to restore 0 byte files in Windows (or Mac) with ease. Be remember to choose a powerful & reliable file recovery tool; otherwise, secondary damage may be caused.
Then, you can choose to read the reasons for causing drives/files become 0 bytes and the three practical methods to fix the errors in most cases. If you do have a question, please leave it below and we'll reply you soon.