Dr. Damage asks: Hiding folders in Win2K?


— 12:00 AM on July 9, 2001

I'm going to ask a question, and you're going to have to trust that once I have an answer, I will use the powers bestowed by it for good instead of evil. What I need to know is: how does one hide a folder in Windows 2000? I have some ideas involving permissions, NTFS encryption, and the like, but this requires several things:

  • On a Windows 2000 Professional system, a folder and its contents must be kept from the prying eyes of, say, a nosy person inspecting a laptop PC.

  • The very existence of a hidden folder must be obscured. The system must give the appearance of presenting its user with access to the full contents of the drive.

  • A hidden partiton is no good. It seems like a good idea, but it's too easily found in the Disk Manager.

  • It would be best not to have to pay hundreds of dollars for a solution.
It's an interesting question, posed to me recently by someone who could definitely use a good answer. I've already concocted a few devious schemes, but I'm sure some of you folks could come up with something better. The winner gets his name in lights. Any takers?
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