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Can mklink make portable links?

Is there any way to create portable links in NTFS using mklink? Or it there a better solution? I want to be able to distribute an application in a zip file or folder copy where there is one "real" ...
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1answer
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Replace NTFS hardlinks with files

I deduplicated backup files on an NTFS partition. I would like to know if there is a way to reduplicate the files so that they can be edited individually. Currently /dir1/file1 /dir2/file1 -- hard ...
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42 views

How can I archive directories containing hardlinks?

I am supporting a legacy Windows 2000 system that contains a number of hardlinks on a shared ntfs drive. We have run out of space on the shared drive and want to know the best way to archive some of ...
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911 views

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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114 views

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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2answers
635 views

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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1answer
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Why don't hard link destinations on Windows Server 2003 immediately show the proper file size and last modified time?

I wanted to create hardlinks to files on Windows Server 2003 and I stumbled upon the superuser question hardlinks on ntfs with windows. I tried mklink as one of the answers suggested and found that ...
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0answers
146 views

Efficient mirroring of directories using hardlinks

I'm backing up my music collection on to a number of NTFS-formatted external hard-drives; however, as I store my main collection in FLAC and have my library on my laptop as MP3s to save space, I want ...
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How to transfer a Time Machine to an NTFS partition (or how to copy HFS+ hard links)

Do you know a way to copy HFS+ hard links to a folder on a HFS+ or NTFS drive? Before you say it can't be done, I don't want actual backing up functionality of Time Machine, just the ability to ...
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2answers
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Hard/SymLinks and Alternate Data Streams

An interesting thought just occurred to me while thinking about NTFS. NTFS supports hard links, symbolic links, and Alternate Data Streams. Is it possible for an ADS to be a link to another file? ...
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1answer
765 views

What happens when I backup a symbolic link to a briefcase?

The story: I recently started trying DropBox. After some fiddling, I found I could use an app, DropBoxFolderSync, to sync a folder with DropBox, leaving something called a "Symbolic Link" (which seems ...
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1answer
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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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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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2answers
1k views

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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How do I delete hardlinks, symbolic links, junction points, etc please?

I could be wrong, but I'm yet to hear a valid argument for the exploitability that these things deliver...outweighing their very dubious / debatable functionality. They seem to me to be marginally ...
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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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775 views

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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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\... ...
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3answers
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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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Detect if two files are hard linked in Windows XP

I know I can use the command fsutil hardlink <new_file> <existing file> To create a hard link from the command prompt. My question is: is there a command line tool that will allow me ...
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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 ...
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How can one undo many hard links?

I foolishly used Dupemerge to change all my duplicate files into hard links. Now Windows XP is not running right, eg, explorer won't start. Is there a utility which would traverse the filesystem ...