In Windows, a Hard Disk partition can be a lettered drive (
D:\, etc.) or it can be mounted on an NTFS folder (eg.
C:\Downloads) . Mounting on a folder is an incredibly useful feature but poses a problem: If anyone points to the folder where the partition is mounted and presses Shift+Del by accident, everything in the partition gets deleted except for
System Volume Information.
Is Windows designed to be like this or is there a workaround? I wouldn't want me or anyone using my computer to accidentally delete an entire partition's contents.
I think all the answerers have misunderstood the me. Let me give you my scenario:
I have windows installed on C (as usual). I have configured a download manager to download all the files to
My Documents\Downloadsand then mounted a partition onto it. I do this to avoid the risk of deleting my downloads if ever my OS goes bad and I need to format
Now let's say I have downloaded
My Documents\Downloads\. To the context, I don't mind if
My Documents\abc.exeis directly pointed to and deleted. But since
My Documents\Downloadsis not a normal folder, I want the OS to throw an error when
My Documents\Downloadsis attempted to be deleted directly or when its parent folders are deleted.