Lock any file or folder without using software

by Rakesh on February 2, 2013

Most of we have private data. Not all of us have a private computer to keep that data. So, we just end up with other people viewing that data. Although password protecting software do work, But I inform you in this post to how to protect data without use any software.

Hidden folders do not work because they can be easily searched with Windows Search. So, we need an alternative way to create hidden password protected folders which only we can access. And that is exactly what we will learn in this post.

With this trick, you can create a secure password protected folder in Windows which no one except you can access. To use this trick, follow the instructions given below:

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Copy and paste the exact code given below:
    title realittricks
    if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK
    if NOT EXIST MyFolder goto MDMyFolder
    echo Are you sure to lock this folder? (Y/N)
    set/p “cho=>”
    if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
    if %cho%==y goto LOCK
    if %cho%==n goto END
    if %cho%==N goto END
    echo Invalid choice.
    goto CONFIRM
    ren MyFolder “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    echo Folder locked
    goto End

    ho Enter password to Unlock Your Secure Folder
    set/p “pass=>”
    if NOT %pass%== password goto FAIL
    attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” MyFolder
    echo Folder Unlocked successfully
    goto End
    echo Invalid password
    goto end
    md MyFolder
    echo MyFolder created successfully
    goto End

  3. Click on the File Menu. Click on Save As.
  4. Select All Types (or all files) in the Save As Type dropdown menu. Save the file as *.bat or realittricks.bat
  5. After creating the file, double click on the Saved file. A new folder will be created. Enter your data in the folder. Again, double click on the batch file. Type Y and press Enter. The folder will be hidden from view.
    To re-view your folder, double click on the saved batch file. Enter password as
    “password” without quotes (“”) and press Enter key. This is also the default password. Your folder will be visible again.
    To change the default password, edit the part of the code given in blue and enter your own password.

    The overall usability of this trick can be improved by deleting the batch file after hiding your folder and re-creating it when you wish to access your folder again.

    If you face any problem using this trick, you can write a comment and I will do my best to help you.

    Note : This works on Windows 7, Windows XP and Vista. First try this on useless data to be sure and then only hide your personal data.


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