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How to Hide Files and Folders of USB Flash Drive

USB flash drives are often used for storage, data backup and transfer the files of computer. To protect files on your USB driver from prying eyes, you can use computer's files-hidden function. This article will show you how to hide files and folders on USB flash driver.


Part 1: To Hide Files and Folders in Windows 7

To hide files and folders on USB drive, you have to check Don't show hidden files, folders, and drives settings first. If you plug USB device into a PC running Windows 7 OS, do like this:

Step 1: Plug USB device into computer, open Folder Options.

Go to Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options.

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Or you can select to click Tools > Folder Options, after you open usb drive.

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Step 2: Click the View tab, check Don't show hidden files, folders, and drives box. And then click Apply and OK.

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Step 3: Start to hide a folder, right-click to select Properties.

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Step 4: In General tab, check on Hidden box. Click Apply.

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Part 2: To Hide Files and Folders in Windows 8/10

Proceed to hidding a folder in windows 8/10

Step 1: Open Folder Options.

Open USB flash drive in Windows 10, click View and select Options.

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Step 2: To hidden files and folders.

In the Folder Options window, click View tab, under Advanced settings list, click Don't show hidden files, folders, and drives option, and then click Apply, then OK.

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Step 3: Locate to the folders you want to hide, right-click and select Properties.

In General tab, ckeck on Hidden box, and then click Apply.

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Tip: Hide folders can make folder and files invisible, to unhide all hidden folders on USB device, see how to recover hidden files in virus-attacked USB driver using Command Prompt.