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I don't know who these files belong to, but I'm afraid deleting them might cause something to break. How do I hide these files and folders so that they do not appear in Nautilus, but they are accessible by Windows, if they belong to it.

I have seen some guides where each file and folder to be hidden is prepended by a period (.), but that would change the file name, which may or may not break something.

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See this question - askubuntu.com/questions/143315/hide-some-folder-in-root/… –  blade19899 Jan 16 '13 at 12:10
you might want to try the link, I gave you, to hide those folders! I think it will work. –  blade19899 Jan 16 '13 at 12:17

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These look like the relatively new Windows bootlader files. You're right that you shouldn't rename them, e.g. by inserting a dot before the name in order to hide them under Linux.

To hide otherwise in a GUI way, you can install Nautilus Actions Extra by first adding the repository using these terminal commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nae-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update

You can then install Nautilus Actions Extra using this command:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions-extra

You can install nautilus-hide only instead of the whole package using this terminal command:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-hide

Finally, you'll get (Un)Hide option in Nautilus context menu to hide any folder(s) and/or file(s) selected after restarting Nautilus with this terminal command:

nautilus -q
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I am not near a Ubuntu machine, so i can't check this, but I think at the top of my head, that that nautilus-hide package also set a . infront of the name!? –  blade19899 Jan 16 '13 at 12:16
No, it doesn't! It uses another method: A plain text file named ".hidden" is created in the location where you have files and folders to hide, and then simply their names are listed in this file. So, in a non-gui way, you can just do this manually as well ;-) –  Sadi Jan 16 '13 at 12:21
Did not know that! thanks. :) –  blade19899 Jan 16 '13 at 12:34
Hey, this works. Thanks! I do have another question though. I can't seem to launch the actions-config-tool with the command gksu nautilus-actions-config-tool. Any help with that? –  Rafay Jan 16 '13 at 12:41
No need for gksu - those settings should only apply to that user who wants them. Please in the future ask a new question - makes it easier for all who seek solutions later –  guntbert Jan 16 '13 at 12:54

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