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Windows symbolic link detect change

I'm using programs that have settings.ini files. Normally when I change the file, the program detects the change and updates. But if settings.ini is a symbolic link, no programs ever detect when it ...
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How to create a hard link in Windows using mklink command?

I've no problem in creating junctions and symbolic links through mklink, but can't create hard link using this command. It returns "Access denied", have tried on both Windows 7 and 8.1 on different ...
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Is there a difference between the original file and a hard link to it?

I'd like to synchronise some configuration files via a file hoster like Dropbox. I could create a hard link in the software's configuration folder and let it point to my cloud storage directory. When ...
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Inheritance system for folders (symlinks?)

Okay, here's the scenario. I have a base folder "Base" that has a blank, multipurpose template. However, this template is 12 gigabytes. I want to be able to have an inheritance system where linked ...
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Could hardlinks be used for backup deduplication purposes?

I know about full backups, incremental backups and decremental backups. However, I wondered why nobody (Windows Backup, TrueImage, Paragon) seems to have implemented the following backup algorithm. ...
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How to delete Windows NTFS hard link (mklink /h) while original is in use?

On a Windows NTFS file system, I have a file (say, orig.mp3). I open this file, through this path orig.mp3, in such a way that it is in use (say, by playing it in VLC). Then I create a hard link ...
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Break a hard link of a file in use

I used hard links to merge duplicated files on my SSD (space is still precious) and now have a weird problem. Common files like msvcr110.dll got hard linked. Now I want to delete a program which has ...
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How to copy folders on same NTFS drive using hardlinks?

Is there a way to create hardlinks to create a duplicate of a folder on the SAME drive (NTFS formatted)? I am looking to do something like this: XCOPY E:\TEMP\SAMPLE1* E:\TEMP\SAMPLE2\ /s but INSTEAD ...
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On Windows 7 how do you check to see if a file is a hardlink? [duplicate]

I just created a hardlink in Windows 7 using mklink. When I use dir the output doesn't indicate that the new hardlink is a hardlink. Instead it looks exactly like the file it is pointing to. Example ...
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Using hard links to move Windows Users folder

I'm currently trying to move bulky folders from my SSD to my HDD (my Users folder and ProgramData folder). I'm following a short guide on using Directory Junctions to do this effectively. However, ...
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Create a hardlink from the network

I'm trying to create an NTFS hardlink over a network drive: I'm using Windows an XP SP3 workstation mapped drive F: over a Windows 7 Server with net use f: \\server\shared_folder then I try ...
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Windows hard link taking up space?

On my computer I create a hard link mklink /h git-link.exe git.exe Hardlink created for git-link.exe <<===>> git.exe Now they both take up space 2012-04-17 12:14 AM 6,905,039 ...
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What operations breaks the hardlinks?

I have a file "a.txt" and its hardlink "ha.txt". If I open either of those files in notepad and save any changes it would appear in both files as they are still linked. But if I overwrite (copy) a.txt ...
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Windows hard links for directories

How can I make hard links for directories in Windows 7? That means that the 2 (or more?) linked directories refer to the same inode (group of inodes) so they will be exact duplicated and every change ...
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498 views

Is it possible to delete a hardlink to a locked file?

In short, I need to do what was asked here: One hardlink is locked. How do I remove the other? The given solution doesn't work for me as I'm trying to create/delete a hardlink to a file that is in ...
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How can I find hard links on Windows?

I've created some hard links on my Windows 7 file system using mklink. It was some time ago and I can't remember for sure where, or which files. When I use Explorer, all files look the same. When I ...
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What are the various link types in Windows? How do I create them?

Is it possible to link two files or folders without having a different extension under Windows? I'm looking for functionality equivalent to the soft and hard links in Unix.
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How to copy files and create hardlinks instead of copying when files are identical

Are there any tools for Windows that can copy one dir to another read copied content generate MD5 if the current file is identical to a previously copied one, create a hardlink in destination dir ...
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How to create a directory hard link in Windows?

I was trying to create a directory hard link (not a symbolic one). I've tried this: mklink /d /h newfolder currentfolder but it's telling me Access is denied. I don't understand how is access denied ...
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Can someone make sense out of “Hard Links and Junctions” article from MSDN?

At Hard Links and Junctions MSDN article one can read the following: A hard link is the file system representation of a file by which more than one path references a single file in the same ...
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Should I use Windows' hardlinks for backups?

I'm not exactly backing up but its a similar idea. I have a few archives on my computer. They have exact copies of certain files (mostly 300k to 1.5MB). It's enough to take up a gigabyte. I am using ...
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Using NTFS hard links to combine full/differential backups

Short: Is it possible to (robo)copy a directory tree using hard links instead of physical copy? I want to make a daily backup of my data files, every day in it's own directory. Now most files don't ...
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What's the difference between a Windows hard link and a Linux hard link?

The open source package BackupPC does not run on Windows due to its lack of support for hard links. I did a search and came across this document referring to hard links in Windows. Are these somehow ...
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Using mklink /h results in “Access is denied.”

From command prompt with Administrator privilages: c:\>mklink /h c:\dirA c:\Users\Piotr\dirB Access is denied. I'm on Vista x64. Using /j or /d instead of /h works. What's the problem? Related: ...
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How much space do NTFS hardlinks/symlinks occupy?

Well, I guess it must be something proportional to the original filename plus the new filename for symlinks, and only the new filename for hardlinks, but how does this affect the disk space exactly? I ...
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What are hardlinks on windows 7?

What are hardlinks and how are they different from files? If i have a hardlink would all apps believe the link is a file? (I had programs not open files because they were shortcuts) If i modify a ...
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hardlinks on ntfs with windows

How can I create hardlinks for a file on an NTFS partition using Windows? NTFS can obviously handle hardlinks, since creating them with NTFS-3g works – the links even work in Windows. Is this the ...