Need to Hide a Windows 7 Folder + password it. Getting married!!!

Getting married and need to hide a folder from the wifey. She is a smart cookie, so I need some kind of
program where I can lock it down with a password, and hopefully where she cant see it.

Thank you,
HappyT
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Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
How about a zip file with password?  You can nest subfolders in it.
http://www.7-zip.org/

or, Evernote is a great research tool, and you can put passwords on it too...
and, Congratulations!
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TheHappyTechAuthor Commented:
Thank you Thank you Dan!!
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TheHappyTechAuthor Commented:
Can I zip a folder?
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Just create an encrypted container with TrueCrypt,
https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm

TrueCrypt is a common and safe tool for this purpose.    Once encrypted, nobody will have access without a password.     Although TrueCrypt isn't still developed and updated, the encryption methods are still 100% secure.    I've used it for years, along with many IT professionals.

It's very easy to use. You can encrypt a file container of whatever size you like or you can even encrypt a whole drive.    It also has a method for creating an hidden file container.

Best of all it's 100% free.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Or Create separate accounts on the computer each account being password protected.

Will.
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TheHappyTechAuthor Commented:
Perfect, thank you Tailored.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Can I zip a folder?

Yes, just right-click on a folder and you'll get the 7-Zip context menu:

7-Zip context menu
Select Add to archive... and you'll get this dialog box with many options, including password and encryption method:

7-Zip archive options
It will create a single file (7z, tar, wim, or zip) with the entire folder.

A different idea is Cypherix:
http://www.cypherix.com/index.htm

Their free product, Cypherix LE (perviously known as Cryptainer LE), can probably do what you need:
http://www.cypherix.com/cryptainerle/

It "creates multiple 100 MB encrypted drives (vaults) on your hard disk. These encrypted disk drives can be loaded and unloaded when needed. You can view, modify and hide all types of files with a single password."

Regards, Joe
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NVITCommented:
> She is a smart cookie...
Just don't let her talk you into giving her admin rights. ;-)

Also, we assume she won't question you on the zip / truecrypt files she can't get into...
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Secrets from the woman you're going to spend the rest of your life with?  Not a good way to start a relationship.  If this is something innocent like planning a surprise related to the wedding, fine, but then why not use a flash drive or online storage like google drive.
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paarunCommented:
If you are not intending to use the data daily, then creating a password protected zip (Winzip or 7-zip) is the best way, however if you are going to access the data frequently, then TrueCrypt is a better option. One thing to note here is, TrueCrypt's development has stopped and the creators do not support it any more.
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mark brownCommented:
I think it is better to use windows default utility bitlocker to encrypt and password protect the files. Also you can try truecrypt which is a great tool.
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gheistCommented:
This utility is guaranteed to keep you out of trouble:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897443.aspx
There is no decryption utility, sorry.
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TheHappyTechAuthor Commented:
Everyone, thank you. Ill try out a few of your recommendations and let you guys know.

HappyT
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gheistCommented:
Dont try mine as there is no decryption utility...
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TheHappyTechAuthor Commented:
Hard to decrypt zeroed-out sectors :P
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TheHappyTechAuthor Commented:
Bitlocker was the best solution. "Bitlocked" an entire drive + pulled out the power cable.

Thank you all.
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