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I have a symbolic link in C drive to a location on D drive. If I delete the C drive partition or format C drive, will it delete/destroy the files on D drive? I run windows 7

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No, it won't, just like deleting a symlink manually won't affect the originals. The actual files remain completely in the D: drive.

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I asked a related question here: superuser.com/questions/670653/… –  John Nov 7 '13 at 16:14

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