There are some confidential documents more or less in person's computer hard drive. In order to be safe, some people use encryption software to encrypt these files. In fact, needn’t so trouble, it can play the same effect if we hidden the partition which stored these files to prevent other people to visit them.
How to hidden partition? Just follow the steps:
Click "Start" – "Control Panel" – "Performance and Maintenance" – "Administrative Tools" – "Computer Management", then found "a storage disk management" entry in the list on the left. All hard disks Usages will be listed on the right window. Right-click the partition you want to hide then select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" in shortcut menu. At last, click the "Delete" button in Pop-up window and click "Yes" button in the pop-up confirmation dialog box,.
Now, the partition is disappeared in "My Computer". You can’t open the disk even if you type the name of the drive or partition in the address bar or the command prompt.
How to restore the hidden partition when we want to visit it? Steps are here:
If you want to restore the hidden partition, you can "Start" – "Control Panel" – "Performance and Maintenance" – "Administrative Tools" – "Computer Management" at first, and then click the hidden partition in Disk Management window. Next, select "Change Drive Letter and Paths "in Pop-up shortcut menu and then click "Add" button in the pop-up dialog box. At last, select symbol of the hidden disk in "assign the following partition" drop-down list. That’s all. You can see and visit the hidden partition now.
Although the method above achieve to hidden partition, it is too trouble because we need to change hidden partition every time when we want to visit to the district. We can use the following method to solve this problem: After deleting the partition, right-click the deleted partition, then select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" and click the "Add" button. Next, click" mount in the following empty NTFS folder " in "Add drive Letter and path " window, and then click" Browse "button to select a blank folder, and finally click" OK "button, so that you can open the folder to access the hidden partition later.
Tips: The blank folder selected must be created in the NTFS file system and don’t be stored in a visible location.
Before reinstall the system, please remember to restore the hidden partition.
Finally: This method is only "hidden", not "encryption", so there is no password. That’ means, most persons does not know to get it out, but it doesn’t safe for computer technicians because it wasn’t encrypt at all in fact.
If you feel this method is not only too trouble or complex but also can’t really encrypt files you want to be encrypted, recommend you to use folder protector software, such lockdir, 7-zip or other folder encryption software to protect your important files.