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    ...{hiding your files}...

    How do you make folders hidden in Windows Xp Home ed?
    Thanks. I dont want anyone screwing with my work. :/

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    right click the folder and go to properties...then click the hidden check box. Make sure that the folder properties are set to not show hidden files or folders


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    Thanks.

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    That won't stop anyone. Only real way is to just encrypt everything, and even then encryptions are made to be decrypted so it's not impossible even then. And hell they could just delete it all. Best bet is to backup to non-rewritable media and keep that under lock and key if you are that paranoid.
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    Whenever I get on a PC i've not used before, one of the first things i do is to go show all hidden files. So that solution won't work for someone like me. One way to make sure your document is not seen by prying eyes is to save all in the "My documents" folder. If you're using winxp, chances are that no one will be able to open that folder if you're not the one logged in.
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    Sorry, but I refuse to save anything in "My Documents", "My Music", "My Pictures". Theres been more than a few instances of loss of all in those folders before. My friend lost 3 years of pictures mysteriously. Ive lost loads of music, theres something wrong with Microsoft.
    Anyhow, im just afraid of my brothers screwing with the work. I have one who would love to sometimes, and they dont know how to work around like that, so hiding is fine. Is there a program that can password protect the opening of folders and such?

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    If running XP (sp2) right click the item and select properties. Then on the sharing tab select "make this folder private" - which will only enable you to access it.
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    sweenster's suggestion is right. Make sure you create an account for you brothers so they don't log into the computer with your account. If they do, it'll defeat the whole purpose and they'll still be able to access everything.
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    Wow, it was so obvious. Once again obviousness gets the best of me. Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ...{chris}...
    Sorry, but I refuse to save anything in "My Documents", "My Music", "My Pictures". Theres been more than a few instances of loss of all in those folders before. My friend lost 3 years of pictures mysteriously. Ive lost loads of music, theres something wrong with Microsoft.
    That is a little strange, those folders aren't really anything special and there isn't any real reason they'd be prone to data loss more than any other folder on your hard drive. Unless you were to delete your windows profile or something like that.
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    I always make backups of all my stuff, so just in case I delete something I shouldnt have I can get it back pretty fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy
    That is a little strange, those folders aren't really anything special and there isn't any real reason they'd be prone to data loss more than any other folder on your hard drive. Unless you were to delete your windows profile or something like that.
    ... or if your PC crashes and you have to reinstall. Sometimes, you lose profiles under "documents and settings". Not all the time though.
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