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How to Lock or Hide a Folder on Computer

Methods and Steps to Lock or Hide a Folder on Computer


How to lock or hide a folder, a file or a drive on the computer is very popular question among most of computer users, the viruses are a big headache to them and they don't want them to disturb their work and life anymore. This really brings them many troubles and even lead great loss to their businesses. And they may lost an important customer or partner.

So people cares more about finding ways to protect their folders from broken and damage. However, how to lock or hide a folder, a file or a drive on our computers? Is there any software to help us solve those problems?

We believe you can find the best answers below:

Method 1: Using DOS command

1.Create a folder in drive C , named it as without the quotes.

2.Open your command prompt>Start> Run> type "cmd"in the Run box without the quotes.

3.Within the command prompt, type "attrib +s +h C:\secret-collection" ( again without the quotes )

4.This command will make your folder completely invisible and it can not be seen even in hidden files and folders. Try to search for the folder, I am sure it returns no result.

5.Make the folder visible again type "attrib -s -h C:\secret-collection".

6.You can lock other folder too, by changing the location C:\secret-collection to address of your folder.

Method 2 (Hiding entire drive)

This method can hide an entire drive instead of individual files or folders: But before you ever use the registry I highly recommend backing up your registry with a tool similar to Registry Tool or CC cleaner.

1.Click-Start>Run>type regedit.

2.When the registry editor loads, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\ Policies\Explorer.

3.Right click on "Explorer" and select "New" and "DWORD Value."

4.Name the value NoDrives and select "Decimal" as the base.

5.In the value type the number that corresponds with the drive below:

6.After you restart your computer, you will not be able to see the drive.

Method 3 (Using the software Folder Lock)

Here we recommend you a software Folder lock to lock or hide a folder, a file or a drive.

It is a fast and secure encryption and locking software and the data locking software with more than twenty privacy features including encryption, locking, shredding, hack attempt monitoring, stealth mode, history cleaning, plug and play support, portability and auto-protection.

Following are the simple and easy steps to lock drives with Folder Lock:

  • Download the latest version of Folder Lock to your PC and install it.
  • Run the software. If you are using Folder Lock for the first time, click "Create a New Locker" and "Set a New Password" Screen appears.
  • Set and confirm a password for that locker. Make sure to set a strong password which is easy to remember but hard to guess.
  • Enter your password and click "OK".

Folder lock provides two different level of protecting your files, folders and drives. Encryption & Locking

  • You can choose the method of protection by clicking on the respective tab present on the upper side of the Folder Lock.
  • Protect your data using locking method, select "Lock" tab.
  • Add files, folders and drives to your locker, click "Add Folder and Drives", a screen shows all the files, folders and drives present in your PC. You can "drag and drop items" to your locker or use the "Add" button to add drives to your locker.
  • Once you have done with the selection, click "Lock Now".
  • When finished, click "Close to Protect".

At last, all the three methods above are our suggestions for you.

You can choose any of them to solve the problems for you. And we think a software like folder lock can help you more effectively. It can protect your data in a very secure way that all protected data cannot be viewed without correct password, no matter how does the hacker try to temper the password locking protection of Folder Lock. He cannot get into your protected files and folders.

Moreover, it can solve your troubles of lock or hide a folder, a file or a drive on the computer and bring much convenient for you. And when solving those problems, you can enjoy your free time happily after work without worrying the damage or loss of you files and folders.

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