View Full Version : Can a folder be completely hidden with file & folder permissions?

29-11-2011, 12:52 PM
I pulled a hard drive out of my laptop running XP and was using it in an external case and found a lot of the files were denied access on a Vista machine (which I have read is fairly common). I managed to change the ownerships and permissions though and gain access on that particular pc.

Now I have the external plugged into a different XP pc though, and again a lot of the files can't be opened, but also there is one folder that I can not find at all! Is it possible that the permissions might have caused that? I didn't think so as this is the only folder that seems to have 'disappeared' and although I am unable to open a lot of files I can still browse folders that reside in the same folder alongside those files.

Can recommend a website that has a good overview of how file and folder permissions and ownerships work? I gained access to my files by changing the owner to Administrator but not sure if this is the ideal method.

Thanks a lot, Andrew

Speedy Gonzales
29-11-2011, 04:57 PM
This may help (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421) . This is for Vista and Win7 (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/). I dont know if it works in XP tho. I've never tried it in XP