How To: Hide Files And Folders In A JPEG Image File
In the previous articles,I explained how to create super hidden files and folders in Windows and how to hide hard disk drives in Windows without using any third part applications and softwares.Here, I explained an interesting trick to hide files and folders within a JPEG Image file (ie the JPEG image mask the files and folders).Any type of file, any extension, any number and any size can be secretly embedded in a JPEG image with this simple Windows Trick.
Basically,in this trick you create a .rar or .zip archive of your to-be-hidden files, then run a copy command from the Windows command line (with the /b binary switch) to embed your secret file in your image. After you complete the process, you can open and view the resultant jpeg image like any other image – the only thing that might tip off that the file size of the resultant jpeg image will be relative to whatever the jpeg image originally is, plus the size of the compressed file and in the shell menu, where you’ll be having an extra option to Extract your JPEG image file which will extract the hidden files in the JPEG.To grab the secret file, you just use WinRAR to extract the file from the image.
Here are the steps for this Windows Trick:
- Create a folder in any of the hard disk drive partition,e.g. C:\New Folder.
- Put all the files you want to hide in there(ie in C:\New Folder),as well as a JPEG image that you would like to hide the files in.
- Select all of the files you want to hide, and create a ZIP or RAR archive with them using a program like WinRAR or WinZip.
- Now you should have your archive next to your files that you want to hide, even though they are in the archived file already, with the JPEG image you would like to hide all of this in.
- After this go to Windows Start menu,select Run(Windows +R),and type: cmd.
- Now type: cd \, then type: cd New Folder. (Replace New Folder with the name of your folder.)
- Type the following: copy /b image.JPG + NewFolder.rar image.jpg(Replace the name “image” with the name of your image, and replace “NewFolder” with the name of your compressed file.)
- You should receive a response similar to the following: “1 file(s) copied.”
- Now you can go ahead and delete the original files, except for the newly formed Image.
To find the files in your image, all you need to do is right-click on the image and you’ll now get the option of extracting it.Extract the image to get the hidden files.