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I'm currently using three 'cloud' services (Google Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive). However, they are not very customizable; I've been unable to set all three services to sync the same local folder. And, because different services have different space limits, I want them to have a seperate local folder.

For example, I have the follow:

  • C:\Users\me\Google Docs\
  • C:\Users\me\SkyDrive\
  • C:\Users\me\Dropbox\

I have some 'super important' documents that I keep in another location

  • D:\Documents\IMPORTANT

Because these are 'important' I want them sync'd to all three services as soon as I create something in that folder.

I've used MKLINK in an attempt to do this:

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target

Inside of each three local folders, I've used MKLINK to create a link to D:\Documents\IMPORTANT - It appears to work. Locally I see the folder, and can navigate to it. I only have a single copy of each file - everything is great.

EXCEPT

Google Drive doesn't sync it.

It 'knows' that it is not a real directory and it treats it differently! This appears to be a known issue: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/vImyhTG7qWs%5B1-25-false%5D http://blog.redhed.org/2012/04/use-existing-folder-for-google-drive.html

My understand of a symbolic link was that it was meant for exactly this situation. I want my applications to be unaware that the link is symbolic. I want them to simply see a folder with files in it. The OS, obviously, should handle this correctly 'behind the scenes'...but I would expect this to be transparent to the applications I'm running.

I'm starting to ramble, but, Is there anything I can use, besides MKLINK that will do, essentially, the same thing, but in a way that is 'transparent'?

  • Based on the research I have done it does not appear you can. You won't make it transparent because the OS still needs to know the symbolic link exists. I use GoodSync to sync folders outside of those directories for my own use. There will be three copies + original no matter what ( at least in the cloud ) so I just create 4 copies. – Ramhound Sep 4 '13 at 18:48
  • Any reason you insist on symbolic links? Have you tried junction points (mklink /j) which can be used to refer to existing folders? It's possible Google Drive also ignores these, but they're different, so it may as well consider them for syncing. – 0xC0000022L Apr 3 '18 at 22:19
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Do you mean hardlinks? Use fsutil hardlink create

C:\Users\ultrasawblade>fsutil hardlink create 
Usage : fsutil hardlink create <new filename> <existing filename>    
Eg : fsutil hardlink create c:\foo.txt c:\bar.txt
  • I believe a hardlink would work; but then I would need to create a hardlink for each individual file, right? I'm trying to link a directory. – Rob Sep 6 '13 at 7:12
  • last time i checkd folder junctions were synced by dropbox, treating them as normal folders – beppe9000 Jun 8 at 15:41

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