If you want to hide files on a hard drive, you have quite the options at hand to do so. You can simply create a password protected archive, use True Crypt or another encryption software, maybe even with a hidden volume inside, or use an easy to use program like Clotho which allows you to hide files inside other files or folders.
Hiding in the latter case does not mean setting a file's attribute to hidden, but to move the file or folder that you want to hide inside another file that you select. Other users would then see only the file that you have used for the hiding, but not the actual file or folder that you decided to hide on your system.
When you start Clotho after installation you are automatically taken to the creation tab where you can select the mask file, which is the file that you will use to hide another file or folder in to, and the file or folder that you want to hide. A new file name is generated automatically that you can change if you want.
Clotho will automatically display the estimated size of the new file in the interface. The options that are displayed on the page make the program even more interesting.
Here you can select to encrypt, compress or obfuscate data among other options.
The program offers to make the files compatible with winrar, so that they can be extracted with the program or a comparable archiver.
The unpack tab lets you extract the hidden file or folder from the selected source file again. Depending on your selections, you may need to supply a password before this happens. Here you can also select to clean the source file which basically removes the hidden data permanently from it.
Clotho can be useful if you just want to hide a single file or folder on your system. I personally would prefer using a True Crypt container for that with a hidden volume, but that's more difficulty to setup.
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