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for security reasons, will you guys help me add a password to a specific folder?

I know about the sharing and security tab, but I don't think it's enough so help me guys. do i need 3rd party software? :(

If so what are my choices?

I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

many thanks!

asked Oct 16 '11 at 02:56

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okay, I want an easy access to the folder where I only need to enter a password. and I don't want to wait after that. besides, I only wanted to hide it from strangers randomly searching my computer.

i've tried the locker.bat trick found here http://www.windows7news.com/2010/11/29/create-password-protected-folder-windows-7/ but it's easy to bypass (just edit the bat file and you will see the password. how lame.)

(Oct 16 '11 at 04:31) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

Do you access this folder constantly? If so, you could try:


Lockbox - locks one folder & it's subfolders

Easy File Locker

If you only go into the folder infrequently, then 7-Zip allows you to protect the folder during compression.

If you're willing to shell out $20, IObit offers Protected Folder. Reputable company with lots of good feedback.

HTH & Cheers!

answered Oct 16 '11 at 03:42

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protected folder is cool. but can an app say for example uTorrent, access it to save a file, even if it's locked?

(Oct 16 '11 at 04:48) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

How secure does it need to be? True crypt is one option - create an encrypted volume and then stick all the stuff that needs protecting in there - but you do have to mount the volume as a disk each time you want to access it - not difficult and doesn't take long (10 seconds maybe) but is 1 drawback

answered Oct 16 '11 at 04:02

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wait, "encrypted volume" sounds nice.

you mean with drives

C:/ D:/ E:/

partitions, I can choose to make E:/ as encrypted so no one would know that E:/ Exists? and no one can easily open E:/ and it's contents?

(Oct 16 '11 at 04:33) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

There's a few options, you can encrypt your whole disk (probably not a good idea!) but the easiest thing to do is create an encrypted container. You specify the size of the container (from a few MB to a few hundred GB - just depends how much free space you have) and then leave it do it's thing. Once done you can stick whatever you want inside and it'll all be protected by the password you set. To access the container you need to open truecrypt and mount the container as a disk/volume (you can allocate any free drive number from C: through Z:) this process takes 5-10 seconds and it stays mounted until you unmount it or log off.

If you want a hidden volume that no one knows about (or can find) you can create a hidden encrypted volume within the encrypted volume. You give this one a different password and then when it comes to mounting you enter that password instead of the old 1. Basically you have 1 file and 2 passwords which will open 1 container or the other.

Make sense?

(Oct 16 '11 at 05:05) osiris osiris's gravatar image

Also forgot to say, once the volume is mounted in truecrypt it then shows as a normal disk in 'my computer'

(Oct 16 '11 at 05:08) osiris osiris's gravatar image

thanks bro, is true crypt free? but thanks a lot! :D i think I need to experiment on that :)

(Oct 16 '11 at 12:12) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

I tried it. It great!!! do you have experience about Encrypting an OS?

Can I Mount an Empty TrueCrypt Drive then Install Windows7 in it?? and then use it for long like its not encrypted at all.

I mean what if I make a 100GB True Crypt drive, install an OS, plus other Programs and Games (like Crysis/NBA )in it. would it be alright?

(Oct 18 '11 at 05:58) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

I've never tried, I wouldn't do it on my primary OS though because if it goes wrong at some point in the future, you're never ever getting that stuff back. I guess you could create a virtual machine and store the VM files in a truecrypt container but it'd be a massive memory hog so I doubt any games would run well, if at all

(Oct 18 '11 at 09:42) osiris osiris's gravatar image
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okay, I have a childhood friend from the military, he wants to install games in his MSI notebook. it is allowed for the meantime. (as there were no rules against it) but he wants to be ready in case games will be disallowed.

so here's what he wants me to do:

  1. Install Games (pretty easy)
  2. make it appear like there are no games installed in the PC.
  3. Access the game / play it during his free time and easily hide it again in case a higher official comes.

that was a big challenge to me as a geek. it tested the crap out of me. so here i am at lockergnome trying to search some help..

I want to do it like magic. hahhaha Its a great accomplishment you know?

so here's what I'm thinking:

  1. hide the installed games from the control panel>>uninstall
  2. hide the installation directory from Windows Explorer so that no matter how much you browse, you won't see it.

answered Oct 16 '11 at 11:51

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i think hiding it from the control panel will only take some deleting of a registry entry right? not so sure though..

(Oct 16 '11 at 12:11) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

to remove it from the control panel maybe, but there's a whole host of other places in the registry that it would appear so anyone wanting to dig a little deeper would find the MRU lists and see the games sitting in it. It depends how likely it is someone would look and how deep they would be searching

(Oct 18 '11 at 09:46) osiris osiris's gravatar image

For one, you could store the whole folder as a rar file with a password. That's what I do with the sensitive data on my PC. No, it's not porn. Just some other stuff that I wanted to keep as a surprise.

answered Oct 18 '11 at 09:17

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Billy Aoki

same here. but that makes the data not-readily accessible. and yea, sometimes mine is porn. :D HAHAHHA

(Oct 18 '11 at 10:29) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image
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