Help me hide a folder

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  1. mrskullfreak macrumors 6502a

    mrskullfreak

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    I need to hide some videos on my mac
    Is there a easy way?
    Thx
    Really need the help
     
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Open terminal and enter: chflags hidden <folder name>. You can also hide the folder by place a '.' as the first letter of the folder name.
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Or put them in a password protected encrypted disk image.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201599

    Yep... that's what I would do.

    OP>> Here is a link that shows you how to do it. Basically it makes a disk image (sort of like a ZIP file) that is encrypted. Once you make the image, you just double click and enter the password to "open" the image and it looks like a normal disk with your files inside. You can drag files in and out then eject to close the image and it will be secure.
     
  5. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Encrypting the folder in a disk image won't hide the folder, it will just make the contents unavailable without a password. Whoever you are trying to hid the folder from might wonder why you have an encrypted disk image.

    If you want to actually hide the folder, you can use the freeware Invisiblix http://invisiblix.read-write.fr to toggle the visibility of the folder.

    Or if you want to use the belt and suspenders approach, make an encrypted disk image, then hide it using InvisibliX.
     
  6. mrskullfreak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cant seem to figure it out
     
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  8. mrskullfreak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok I think I got it hidden.
    How do I see it now?
     
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    briloronmacrumo macrumors 6502

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    To make a file invisible using Terminal.app do the following:
    1. Type
      Code:
      chflags hidden 
      ( with a space after 'hidden' )
    2. Drag the file to hide to the Terminal window and it will fill in the path to the file
    3. Should now look like:
      Code:
      chflags hidden /Users/yourUserID/Desktop/readMeFirst.txt
    4. Press Enter. The file should now be hidden
    To restore visibility using Terminal.app do the following:
    1. If still in Terminal.app( from when you made it invisible ) press the up arrow key on the keyboard until the command used to make it invisible shows up.
    2. Arrow over on the keyboard and change 'hidden' to 0 ( that's zero ) looks something like:
      Code:
      chflags 0 /Users/yourUserID/Desktop/readMeFirst.txt
    3. Press Enter. Your file should be visible.
     
  11. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Remember that a hidden folder and its contents can be seen by anyone with the knowledge shared here. An encrypted disk image will keep prying eyes out.
     
  12. iemcj macrumors 6502

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    Another classic thing is to put files in a zip file, then change the extension to something like .psd It won't be readable by anything. Then if you want to open it just change the extension back to .zip I used to do that all the time when I wanted to hide my pokemon roms from my parents lol
     

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