Question on Hidden Folders (Mac & Windows)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dliu, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. dliu macrumors newbie

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    I'm using a Mac. If I put a hidden folder/file onto a USB drive and connect the drive to a Windows computer, is the folder hidden to the Windows computer?
     
  2. manual123 macrumors member

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    Thats a good question, I dont know. I think it wouldnt be hidden anymore since it goes from one filesystem to another. I can check when I get home,
     
  3. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    How is the USB drive formatted - which filesystem?
     
  4. switon macrumors 6502a

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    RE: hidden files...

    Hi,

    What is your use for the hidden files? If you are concerned with security, hidden files are not the way to go. It only takes a modicum of understanding of filesystems/OSes to know how to view hidden files. If you are concerned with convenience (hidden files not showing up in Finder/Windows), then it depends on the filesystem/OS and there are other solutions for not cluttering the Finder/Windows windows.

    Basically, I just want to make certain that you aren't using hidden files as a security precaution.

    Switon
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    as Switon says, if you are concerned with security, hidden files are not the answer. The only way to have real security is to encrypt the files.
     

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