A hard link is a directory entry that associates a name with a file or directory on the file-system, in effect creating an alias that may reside elsewhere on the file-system.

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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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What is the difference between NTFS hard links and directory junctions?

The title says it all... what's the difference? When do I use one and when do I use the other? Added: Note that Junction points, Hard links and Symbolic (soft) links are three separate things on NTFS....
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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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Hard link not works under Mac OS X in GUI mode

I faced a little strange behavior, while using hard links. From Terminal, I create a text file 1.txt and a hard link "to this file" nano 1.txt mkdir dir ln 1.txt ./dir/ I check the resulting hard ...
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Finding all symbolic and hard links to a file on UNIX

If I have a specific file in a UNIX filesystem, is there a way to use bash to find all links to that file, both symbolic and hard? If I need different commands for each, what are they?
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How can I check the actual size used in an NTFS directory with many hardlinks?

On a Win7 NTFS volume, I'm using cwrsync which supports --link-dest correctly to create "snapshot" type backups. So I have: z:\backups\2010-11-28\cygdrive\c\Users\... z:\backups\2010-12-02\cygdrive\c\...
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How to stop Windows 7 Built-in-Backup creating a System Image of too many drives?

I do not want to include (D:) drive in the image. I believe I know the cause of this, it's because I have some Directory Junctions and/or Symbolic Links. Any suggestions other than removing the ...
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How to improve this bash shell script for turning hardlinks into symlinks?

This shell script is mostly the work of other people. It has gone through several iterations, and I have tweaked it slightly while also trying to fully understand how it works. I think I understand it ...
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Make a hard link without extra programs in Windows 7

My objective here is to synchronize my emule credit file (application.dat?) by Dropbox. But the credit file is not inside the Dropbox directory (by default). So I want to make a hard link to get this ...
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Copy Files from One Drive to Another and Keep Hard-Link in Windows

I have drive A: with 16G Space and plenty of files, due to the Hard-link feature in NTFS, the files together is 15G but only takes 2G of real space. I like to copy all those files to drive B: which ...
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Windows 7 mklink - hard link's attributes (expected !) + contents do not affect the linked file

Now - this is driving me crazy. I created a hard link pointing to a file in my dropbox dir - the link was created inside a folder where this file needs to be in order to be accessed by the programs I ...
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What is a hard link in Linux?

I have searched around and am trying to understand the difference between a hard link and symbolic link (soft link). I found this link is quite useful. But I am still not very clear. I understand ...
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Copy to another NTFS disk and preserve hard links

I have to copy directory structure from one local NTFS disk to another (Windows 7+) and preserve hard links that exist within this directory structure. An acceptable solution would be to replace hard ...
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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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Identify files that would be deleted when removing an rsync --link-dest directory?

I have a Time Machine-style backup system set up on my NAS (running BusyBox v1.16.1), using rsync --link-dest as described here: http://blog.interlinked.org/tutorials/rsync_time_machine.html Is there ...
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Windows7 hardlink over two different drives

I am trying to create a hardlink on my C drive that points to a file on my D drive. I open up a terminal with Administrator privileges and try the following: C:\Users\sandro>mklink /H _vimrc D:\...
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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 ...
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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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Editing the hardlink doesn't edit the original file

I have a file at D:\JavaScript\CheckIban.js, and I want to reuse it in many places without duplicating it. Because when I fix a bug (change its content) I need that change to be propagated to all ...