How to Create a Dummy File on Windows?
Having learned much about how to encrypt a file with passwords, you may get tired of this kind of encryption method, thinking it is inconvenient, because you have to set a password and keep it properly so as not to forget it. Well, for your much more convenience, creating a dummy file can save these extra troubles for you. With these dummy files created, others who are not expected to access these real files will get confused by the illusion of the created fake files. We have sorted out two main methods to guide you on how to make a dummy file on computer!
Method 1 – How Can Windows Create a Dummy File with Command Prompt?
Take the Windows Vista as an example and you should know that all the versions of Windows are equipped with an executable called fsutil.exe. You can just search it from the Start Menu easily. Fsutil.exe is a very powerful tool which can better manage partitions and volumes of your computer. In other aspects, it can help you quickly create dummy files according to your needs in file size.
1. First, start the Command Prompt and enter fsutil. Then you can see a list of commands that the tool can provide for users. Each of them has a series of parameters for your use.
What has been shown in this picture is just a general introduction to the function of this tool. For more details, you can refer to the official documentation on TechNet. OK, let’s return to how to create a dummy file.
2. According to whether you specify the path of the dummy file or not, you can choose one instruction to type from the two ones. One is fsutil file createnew filename length, the other is fsutil file createnew path\filename length.
Note: The length of the dummy file is measured by bytes, so you need to assure the correct conversion. If you type the first instruction which doesn’t include a certain path, for instance, fsutil file createnew myfile.txt 65000, the file will be created in your user profile folder.
3. However, when you enter the second command including a specific path, for example, fsutil file createnew D:\myfile.txt 1000000, this time the file will be put in the target position based on your needs. Attention! The created dummy files with fsutil.exe have no contents inside.
Method 2 – How to Make a Dummy File with a Third-Party Dummy File Creator?
Having read method 1 stated above, you may feel dizzy facing these complicated commands. Maybe you are wondering if there is an easier way to create dummy files for saving your time. So, here we recommend you the Gihosoft File Encryption software which is good at encrypting folder with password and encrypting files on windows, etc.
Of course, its function is not limited to file encryption only. When it serves the function of creating dummy files on Windows computer, it quickly combines two files into the final dummy file. One of these two files is the original file which needs to be protected by camouflage, the other is the target file which serves as the false representation to confuse others.
The most impressive feature of this dummy file creator is that it supports the original file in any format. After masquerading, the created dummy file will be shown in image, video or audio just like the target file. That is to say, the target file is used as a cover and hide the original file behind. And what you should know is that the fake file contains the data of your original file, so it can be copied and moved anywhere. Whenever you need to get back your original file, you just simply split if from the fake file with our encryption software.
Next, we will show you how to make a dummy file with Gihosoft File Encryption software:
- Run this dummy file creator software on your computer. The first time you use it, you should enter a master password to enable its functions.
- After you enter the main interface, you can see File Masquerade on the left vertical column. Click it and then you can see Select Files in the toolbar above.
- Click on Select Files to choose your wanted original file and target file. You just need to click Select Original File and Select Target File to add these two important files here. Then click on the Disguise option.
- After it’s done, your original file will disappear from its former location, the dummy file showing up instead. When you need to restore the original file, you can go to the corresponding operation interface to select the item first and then click Disguise off. Finally, the original file will be split from the fake file.
If you encounter doubts in the operation process, welcome to leave your message in the comment area below!