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Password protecting a folder

  1. Apr 16, 2005 #1
    Wonder if there's any way to password protect a normal folder?!!
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2005
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  3. Apr 16, 2005 #2
    compress the folder with winzip, winace, winrar etc. put a password on that and delete the original.
  4. Apr 16, 2005 #3


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    ...... and there are a number of (even free) encryption software, folder hide, block, permission etc. software for doing the trick. Just look at any security related software 'archive'.
  5. Apr 17, 2005 #4
    If you are using Windows... XP pro and you are using NTFS you can lock down the folder so only you can access it... Also you can use (only with XPpro) EFS which will encrypt the folder and contents and only allow you to access it....
  6. Apr 18, 2005 #5
    Interesting.. but how do you do that?
  7. Apr 18, 2005 #6
    right click the folder and go to the security tab for NTFS
    Right click the folder and click on advanced on the general tab for EFS

    If you have FAT as your file system you can convert it to NTFS by issuing the 'convert [dive_letter:] /fs:NTFS'

    This wont formate your dive just convert the file tables so u wont loose any data.. of course do a backup first...
  8. Apr 18, 2005 #7
    I have WinXP home. Is there anyway I can use this feature?
  9. Apr 18, 2005 #8
    what are you needing to password protect a folder for?

    if you want, a simple solution would be to merely hide the folder, and even rename it to " " useing alt 0160 to input the space command...
  10. Apr 19, 2005 #9
    Thanks for your time every body. its been great help
  11. Apr 19, 2005 #10
    EFS isnt supported with XP home, but NTFS is, so you can 'lock down' any folder you want using NTFS security features
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