I'm about to start toying around with
mklink but I'm still trying to get a real grip on this whole "symlink" thing. In particular, I've noticed there's two types of links - "soft links" and "hard links" - but I'm having a hard time truly understanding the difference between the two, or why I should prefer one over the other for any given use case.
The most I've been able to glean so far is this:
- Soft Links are treated as pointers to the target file/folder.
- Hard Links are treated as if they actually were the target file/folder.
What does this really mean in terms of how the OS and applications will treat the links? What factors should be weighed when deciding whether to use one or the other?
The current use case I have is for getting SkyDrive to synchronize files/folders that are outside of the actual SkyDrive directory. However, I would prefer if answers could also include general guidelines for future reference.