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I know this could be a duplicate, but let me explain.

Let's say I want C:\Users\Me to be a link to E:\me. Like the other question says, I tried doing mklink /d C:\Users\Me E:\me. However, I get a "Cannot create file when that file already exists" error. Obviously, the C:\Users\Me folder already exists. But if I try to delete, it just comes back instantly. I tried logging off my account and logging in as the administrator, but I still get that same error.

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This sounds like a lot of problems coming... I smell a reformat and reinstall eminent. ... or however you spell that... – Sakamoto Kazuma Dec 14 '09 at 3:14
What? Why? I just installed it. – Javier Dec 14 '09 at 3:36
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I think you need to remove the drive specification in C:\Users\Me so that the command line instead reads:

mklink /d \Users\Me E:\me

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No, that doesn't work. – Javier Dec 14 '09 at 2:50
FWIW, I tested that command successfully on my local system Do you get an error message? Dbl-check that you have admin privileges (mklink requires admin). On second thought... try changing your first param from \Users\Me to \Users\Me2 as I think the problem is perhaps that \Users\Me already exists as a physical directory. – Shoeless Dec 14 '09 at 3:25
Note: C:\Users\Me2 should work as well - My apologies... I was incorrect in my initial post. – Shoeless Dec 14 '09 at 3:26
But if my username is "Me", why would I use the "Me2" folder? – Javier Dec 14 '09 at 3:27
The command you suggested, "mklink /d C:\Users\Me E:\me" will attempt to create a link named C:\User\Me that points to E:\me. Since you apparently already have a physical folder named C:\Users\Me, I was suggesting that you display/access the contents of E:\me in an alternately named folder (in this case, "me2" :) – Shoeless Dec 14 '09 at 3:36

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