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sprthang
16th September 2004, 09:45 AM
hey,
do any of you know how to put password on a folder so only the people who know the password can access it?

omega
16th September 2004, 09:47 AM
That depends on what operating system you are using. Windows XP, I presume?

sprthang
16th September 2004, 11:09 AM
yup, windows xp professional

omega
16th September 2004, 11:35 AM
in windows explorer, right click on a folder name, select "properties", and look at the security tab.

sprthang
16th September 2004, 07:06 PM
umm, this is gonna sound stupid but can you tell me what windows explorer is?

violentlazy
16th September 2004, 08:18 PM
windows explorer is the folders and everything, if u click on my computer or anything else that is a folder, you're using windows explorer

sunkiller
17th September 2004, 05:08 PM
What if it does not have a security tab?

omega
17th September 2004, 05:14 PM
Then you are not running windows XP or 2000, or are using a school/work computer with restricted access.

Windows 95 through to Me cannot password folders except if you are trying to access them on another computer through network neighbourhood.

UPDATE: It has come to my attention that XP Home does not have the security tab.

An alternate to passwording a directory, assuming it isn't an overly large directory, you can always zip it into a passworded zip/rar and do it that way

Skittles
17th September 2004, 08:50 PM
I am running 2000 pro and don't see that option...do i have to have ntfs?

omega
17th September 2004, 09:28 PM
AHH

Yeah, you must be using the NTFS filesystem, not FAT32.

Damn, how did I forget that?

Sorry guys

Skittles
17th September 2004, 09:55 PM
thankz man i knew there was a reason that i need to upgrade it to ntfs...

Aun Shi
20th September 2004, 01:36 AM
So is there any way that you could add a password to a folder in XP pro? besides zipping it into a password protected file?

omega
20th September 2004, 01:43 AM
Yep, convert to NTFS, as previously stated.

Aun Shi
20th September 2004, 09:50 AM
Oh.... Shit. That would mean I would have to format. :D screw that.

Skittles
20th September 2004, 03:23 PM
No you don't have to format...just run convert.exe from a commad promt

you would type "Convert C: /fs:ntfs" (without quotes.)

Aun Shi
20th September 2004, 09:54 PM
are you serious? This wouldnt result in a loss of data?

omega
20th September 2004, 11:05 PM
No. It's like the fat16 -> fat32 conversion tool in 98SE i believe.

Aun Shi
21st September 2004, 12:43 PM
.... Wtf? Explain man.

I tried the command prompt thing....And it said I already have NTFS

Flocito
21st September 2004, 02:30 PM
You should be able to type at the prompt the following:

convert c: /FS:NTFS

This will convert your c: drive from FAT32 to NTFS. Now if it says you are already configured in NTFS then you should be able to continue ahead and password protect your folder. If you'd like to double check whether or not any of your drives are NTFS then you can go to Explorer and right-click properties on any of your drives and in the properties window it will tell you what the drive's files system is.

Aun Shi
22nd September 2004, 09:47 AM
O_o:: Its NTFS....but I don't see a secutirty tab on a folder at all.

How do you do it?

Flocito
22nd September 2004, 10:28 AM
O_o:: Its NTFS....but I don't see a secutirty tab on a folder at all.

How do you do it?

Ok first of all about 3 differnet people have asked how to do this in this thread and two people have already stated how to do it. From reading your original post I see that you are running XP Pro. From the above quote I see that your FS is NTFS. Therefore, you should be able to right click on the folder that you'd like to place the password on. On my XP Pro machine that gives you 4 tabs (General, Sharing, Security, Customize). Click on the Security tab and that will allow you to change who has access to that folder.

Aun Shi
22nd September 2004, 12:11 PM
.... Theres NO security tab at all.

Flocito
22nd September 2004, 01:30 PM
.... Theres NO security tab at all.
From here. (http://windows.about.com/library/tips/bltip542.htm)

To reveal the Security tab, open Windows Explorer, and choose Folder Options from the Tools menu. On the View tab, scroll to the bottom of the Advanced Settings and clear (click) the check box next to "Use Simple File Sharing." Click OK to apply the change, and you should now have a Security tab when viewing the properties of a file on an NTFS volume.

Aun Shi
22nd September 2004, 04:10 PM
Ah...Heh.. I already figured it out right before youn posted. Thanks anyways. :D