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    invisible folder

    Well, this is an office pc(NT4) as well as a work station..

    i.e every one can use it and it is well guarded by authentification control and security management..

    one thing.. every illegal software will be deleted at night by the batch running

    I have a folder that store my personal files and document in D drive

    just how to make it invisible or set a folder password like word or excel file that I like to prohibit others viewing the stuff inside...

    Really a urgent matter and grateful for any information provision...

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    You can make the folder hidden by opening your Explorer, and selecting the folder. Right-click it's name and choose "Properties" from the dropdown list. Then choose "Hidden" from this menu, and the folder is hidden.

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    I will try..in office
    but there are a lot of functions that delegated to administrator, I am not sure I can do it or not

    By the way, how I open it as it is invisible..
    And explorer...it it mean file manager in win98...

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    I made folder invisible........

    HOW to return it back since it is invisible now...

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    Originally posted by uatt
    I made folder invisible........

    HOW to return it back since it is invisible now...
    reverse what Mark said.
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    Originally posted by DR_LaRRY_PEpPeR
    reverse what Mark said.
    I think he's asking how does he access the folder now that it's hidden. How do you access something that you can't see?

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    oh. then go into your Folder Options > View tab and tell it to show hidden files.

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    I might caution you though, that just because a folder is hidden does NOT prevent an Administrator or a user with Admin rights from finding that folder. All the Admin has to do is view the drive with hidden files and folders visible and he'll see it. If you put sharing restrictions on it, an Admin can still access it.

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    Folder Options > View ....seeminly more and more complicated... where is that "folder option" and the folder really disappeared and untraceable.

    my administrator in office is not that smart as he had look after 1500 workstations and I just like to prevent those innocent intruders..

    By the way setting invisible folders is minimum security measure.. Is there a way to set password on folders just like word document

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    on the folder? only if you're an admin. On individual files? Depends on the program. Obviously you know how to do it with Word. I think all the Office products to similar protection things.

    Oh, as an admin, I will speak for this guy and say, show me a little respect...me as in him. Your Admin is plenty smart if he's got the job he's got. Being an admin isn't easy and getting the qualifications to be an admin isn't easy. Takes more than a dropout of high school. Give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's smart. He will know most ofthe tricks.

    You're right that he probably won't look, unless theres some reasn he feels he needs to look. Why don't you back your stuff up to a few floppies or something or do you have THAT much stuff. Has your company given you a place to backup your data to? I have a place on the F: drive (the LAN) to do this at work. Everyone has a 100 MB portion of the F: drive accessible under their userid to backup data.

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    Sorry
    we don't have such facility
    F: drive accessible under their userid to backup data.
    So, everybody can gain access to the folder...

    all right, I know I can do a little thing on LAN and then I know the admin know all the tricks.

    However, hiding a invisible folder is a good option...

    Now, how to recover it

    Regretly, I have just hide a important office use folder that I AM NOT ABLE TO RECOVER BACK...

    Help.....

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    Okay. In explorer, click on View, Options and select "Show All Files". Question: How much drive space do these files take? the reason I ask is that if there is an obvious amount of drive space missing, than your admin is going to go looking for hidden files and folders that may be eating up drive space. Just warning you.

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    view >Show All Files NOT show up invisible file...

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    i guess i'm not getting what you're saying. All files that are visible are visible. When you say View all files, it shows the visible and the invisible ones. There are no other kinds of files.

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    you don't need to hide it , under NT you can set permission to that folder at the folder level. Take out the everyone access and just add your NT account to the folder and then only you and the admin can get into it.
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    I use the method mentioned above to make a folder invisible..

    Using Sketch's method to view all
    It just cannot show the invisible one..

    Your may get a test on your own pc now

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    Originally posted by kevin_tremblay
    you don't need to hide it , under NT you can set permission to that folder at the folder level. Take out the everyone access and just add your NT account to the folder and then only you and the admin can get into it.
    He's not an admin. He can't set this permission level. And he's trying to kepp the admin out, which is something he can't do. He's trying to "fool" the admin into thinking the folder doesn't exist which is why he's trying to hide the folder. What he doesn't seem to realize is out of sight is not necessarily out of mind. The first thing most admins do is make sure all hidden files and folders are showing. The idea is now up in smoke.

    uatt, tell your admin not to get rid of those files. Unless you have alot of MP3's or other things like that, I wouldn't worry about it. Data files are a part of every business's life. If the admin won't leave your data files alone, there's a problem. Besides, individual data files, unless it is a database or something, probably isn't that big. If I was an admin, I woul db looking for things like mp3's and graphics that are excess and don't tneed to be there, especially in a working environment. You can't hide from your admin. He knows the tricks and will exploit them.

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    Your are right...

    There are some improper material(a e-book or some graph) all are visual objects that should not be used through office workstation...

    But, tiresome job..no harm for some relax..right

    Now a folder is disappear, how get back

    Help....

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    Well I tried with the invisibloe folder deal. Someone else might be able to help. When it comes to inappropriate material at work...hmm, toughiew. Each company's different. Where I work is pretty lenient, but other places are so anal as to monitor keystrokes. You may be S.O.L.

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    I guess the bottom line here is if you are not the admin and you are trying to hide stuff from them forget it, any good admin will know how to find it and will.

    If it is personal stuff you need to keep use some external drive (zip drive) or what have you and store it that way. Trying to fool your admin never works.
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    Amen, Kevin! Preach it brotha! LOL I once tried to fool my admin but that was a few years ago when I was still wet behind the ears. He caught on real quick.

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    I'm an admin, and when there's a need to, there's nothing anybody can do to stop me from finding out the bad stuff. And mostly when people are trying to hide stuff, they're not trying to hide office documents and such; it usually comes down to porn and mp3's.
    Don't ever think you can hide stuff, not even from a stupid admin.

    And to continue, if you have precious documents, how are they backuped? I presume not at all, since they're stored local. So, what if your harddrive crashes? Sure, data can be retrieved from a crashed drive sometimes. But you need specialized equipment and specialized people to do so.
    Last time I needed something like that, the cost was $5 per megabyte if I'm not mistaking, and the restore isn't selective. They save all, or nothing. Now calculate the costs of rescueing data on a 10 GB harddrive. Very few companies are willing to pay that price for just a few documents.

    If the data is that precious, store it on the network, where it can be backuped. That usually means a personal homedrive, where only the person himself has rights and no other user can access. If you haven't got that, ask about it, or any other solution. Work with your admins, not against them. Admins have a memory like an elephant for such people
    If it's "illegal" stuff, get rid of it. An experienced admin can smell a rat a mile away...

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    sorry to bother everybody..
    at least I know admin and users are on different role of job...
    hiding something => cheat..
    well, is unright..
    I give up.....
    thanks for so many reply...


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