Question on Hidden Folders (Mac & Windows)

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

  1. dliu macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2010
    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

    Dec 4, 2006
    Omaha NE
    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


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    How is the USB drive formatted - which filesystem?
  4. switon macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2012
    RE: hidden files...


    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.

  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    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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