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Questions tagged [junction]

Questions about working with NTFS junction points (somewhat similar to Linux symlinks).

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7zip force ignore NTFS junctions

Windows 1803, 7z 18.05 Trying to archive and compress a folder structure with multiple NTFS junctions referencing parts of the said structure (i.e. no "outside" links) - any possibility to compress ...
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In Windows 10, is there a way to do a “reverse lookup” for a folder junction?

In other words, I know that someplace a junction exists that links to folder X - how can I find that junction? Or, since there could (theoretically) be more than one junction to this folder, how can I ...
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How to prevent symbolic directory links from getting deleted during Windows or Visual Studio updates?

I have created symbolic links using mklink /d for both C:\Windows\Installer and C:\ProgramData\Package Cache in order to save SSD space. From time to time, these folders get recreated locally (...
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How to properly delete a Directory Junction?

I am using multiple installations of the same game (on Windows 10 Home), in order to have easier access to various addon/user configurations. The subfolders of each installation are Directory ...
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What \??\ means in directory listing for NTFS junction? [duplicate]

When I view my Postgres pg_tblspc directory on Windows 10 the link to the actual location of the tablespace looks like this: 25.05.2018 20.58 <JUNCTION> 16504 [\??\d:\pgdata\data1] ...
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symbolic link preventing installation of new programme

On my Win10 desktop system I have a symbolic link between a flightsim program (XP11) on a dedicated drive, to massive scenery data files (tiles) on a different (larger) dedicated drive. The program I ...
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Windows junction keeps changing for some reason

I lately have issues where windows hangs it starts with the taskbar and taskbar thumbnails on Windows 10 then a lot of programs start not to respond then everything stops. I'm trying to find the cause....
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Using junctions in PATH

I've noticed a couple of times that it looks like I can't use NTFS junctions under %SystemRoot%, put the ensuing file path in my PATH, and get it to work for DLL lookup. For example, if I put a ...
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How to delete a folder that may be a junction, and the destination using command line in Windows

I want to completely remove a 'folder' that may or may not be a junction to another folder. If the 'folder' isn't a junction rd /s /q 'folder' will do the job. But if the 'folder' is a junction to ...
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AdwCleaner finds my symlink as a threat. Why?

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner finds my hard link (aka directory junction) as a threat. Why is this? Or is it normal for this type of links to be considered a threat by such programs? And if it's not ...
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Using “broken” junction link to block writes

So I wanted to stop Spotify from caching to my SSD (I have a small 60 GB drive), but apparently it's not possible to disable caching. Spotify keeps the cache in the %LocalAppData%\Spotify\Data folder....
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Representation of junctions in Windows

I'm using a set of junctions to move my user folder tree to another drive, as my OS install is on a rather small SSD. However, the junctions still appear as if they occupy space on the SSD. Can I do ...
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Is it possible to make Windows 10 show symbolic links with a different icon in Explorer?

I would like to know when I am browsing a symbolic link folder as I have had issues with copying directories then missing the fact that symbolic links have been lost through the copy operation etc. Is ...
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Can I move one folder from c:\ProgramData to different drive using junction?

i`m using win 10, Can I move one folder from c:\ProgramData to different drive using junction and keep software which has data in that folder fully functional? and please can you write how to write a ...
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Create junction between OneDrive Music folder and Google Drive on Windows 10

I have all of my music stored on Google Drive, which I can access on my laptop at C:\Users\{USERNAME}\Google Drive\Music I am trying to set up a junction between this folder and the OneDrive Music ...
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Start Menu, Metro apps, and other functions are broken after migrating system directories with symlinks

I've tried several times now to migrate Program Files, Program Files (x86), and AppData to my second HD with various degrees of success. (I have already migrated my User directories to the second HD ...
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Using external USB 3.0 SSD for improving performance on Windows 10

I recently got an all-in-one. Unfortunately it has a very slow 5400 RPM HDD and I can't really upgrade to internal SSD (the AiO is not really DIY upgradeable). I do have a external SSD connected via a ...
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mklink directory junctions are inaccessible on Windows 10

I created a junction with the mklink command on Windows 7 and it worked great for the past 2 years. (EDIT: I have now verified that this exact scenario/problem still exists on a brand new laptop with ...
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Creating Junction from mapped NAS

I need to create a junction "test" on J:\ (which is a Windows partition) which should refer to K:\folder1\folder2\folder3 (mapped network drive). I cd into J:\ and ran the command mklink /J k:\...
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Windows junction invalid on network share

I usually have this setup on my Windows machines: I share a single folder such as C:\share as network share. Then I use mklink /J somedir C:\somedir to create junction points to directories I want to ...
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Use Junction or symbolic link to “rename” NTFS directory

I was wondering (indeed it would be very useful) if it is possible to use NTFS Junction, symbolic link or something like that to use an alias for some directory, and at the same time to hide the ...
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make NTFS Junction system hidden on Windows

I'm trying to migrate my user profile to a separate partition an I've got to the point of adding the compatibility system Junctions to the new profile. However I don't want to see them in my profile ...
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How to FastCopy Only…? Junctions? Hard Links? etc?

I'm new to FastCopy. How can I use it to copy only a certain type of file/folder? e.g. How to copy only junctions, and nothing else?
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How to Count Hard Links, Symbolic links, and Junctions on an Ntfs Volume

I know of some programs that claim to count one or the other, but I don't know of any that can count all three. I would like to count all three and print out a list like so: Hard Links: 123 ...
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mklink /J created to “Computer”

In trying to create a junction link for my iTunes backup folder, I accidentally pointed to a directory called "Computer/MediaSync" This occurred because I forgot to use quotation marks around the ...
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Maintain duplicate files with same/ different names on a Windows NTFS drive? Use junctions, symbolic or hard links?

Maintain duplicate files with same/ different names on a Windows NTFS drive? Use junctions, symbolic or hard links? I've read junctions, symbolic links and hard links, but its unclear how the ...
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How to get directory sizes without junctions in Far Manager

By default Far Manager includes sizes junction into the directory size (F3). Is there a way to avoid counting them?
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How To Move The Windows Folder To A Different Drive?

I have two small hard drives. However, i store all my files on the boot drive. This makes the boot drive very slow. I've read before that it's possible to move a folder to a different drive and make ...
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Vudu and Spotify Download Location

Vudu and Spotify both store the offline/downloaded files in 'AppData/Roaming' and I have maxed out my 'C' Drive. I want to move it to my larger 'D' Drive. I looked up what to do and all over the ...
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Moving Windows folders around with Junction links (mklink)

Space on my SSD is running pretty low, and there seems to be a 19GB folder in Windows that sticks out (%windir%\Installer) and cannot be safely deleted (as explained here: https://serverfault.com/q/...
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How can I make alias for desktop folder on XP?

I don't want other users save file to system drive, how can I make a direct link of desktop folder to another folder?
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Windows 10 Upgrade and Junctions

I have a 465 GB SSD and a 4 TB HDD in my Windows 7 Ultimate x64 machine. I have a junction (not symlink) that points C:\Users to D:\Users. Does anyone know if the Windows 10 upgrade will still ...
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Update junction in Windows 8.1

I'm doing this: net stop wuauserv then: rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old and then: mklink E:\windows\SoftwareDistribution \D I'm doing \d in the end because ...
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Can I create a shortcut which points to a specific drive regardless of its drive letter?

I noticed that I cannot use \\?\Volume{f993747a-5d7a-4de1-a97a-c20c1af1ba02}\path\to\target or \Device\HarddiskVolume5\path\to\target as shortcut targets—it won't work. It only works when I use drive ...
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Win 7 Create Folder Junction from Desktop to inside Dropbox Folder

I'm not asking how it can be done, I already know how to; MKLNK /j C:\Users\<username>\Desktop C:\Users\<username>\Dropbox\Desk What I want to know is whether or not I should. I know ...
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read-only NTFS junction point or symlink

On our file server, we have a directory, lets say S:\, that is shared out as \\server\share. This share is mounted (mapped) by our app server, as say M:\ = \\server\share We use a particular ...
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Create Junction point for Program Files (x86) on functioning system

Recently I found that my lowly 128GB SSD was filling up to the point where I had to uninstall old games to install new games. That wasn't bad until I had to install some other applications for actual ...
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Duplicated Junction Folder

Using Cobian Backup, I backed up my home folder and neglected to deselect "Include Junctions." I now have a recursive Application Data folder filling my entire backup drive: B:\Desktop\TIMOTH~1\...
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Windows 7 User profiles not functioning after SSD > HDD move

Windows 7 x64 Home P. OEM I decided to move my Users and ProgramData folders onto my secondary disk to save SSD space. I booted into "repair" mode on the windows DVD. Both drives are NTFS. The drives ...
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NTFS Junction Point from HDD to SSD, will it cause performance bottleneck? (steam game relocation)

Can an NTFS Junction Point between HDDs cause a bottleneck? Or will the junction be cached in memory? Specifically, I want to install Steam on a magnetic HDD. This means all the games will be ...
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Why doesn't XCOPY copy my junctions?

I'm trying to copy a Users Directory with XCOPY, but parts of it are not working. (I'm running as Administrator, in a command prompt which was started with Run As Administrator) The user directory ...
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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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MKLINK vs. Junction.exe

SysInternals has a program junction.exe that creates Junctions (aka. reparse points, aka. symlinks) in Windows. However, Windows also comes with a mklink which seems to do the same thing. Is there a ...
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Is a junction point effective in decreasing write cycles of SSD?

Since SSDs have a limited life cycle and I have one experience of an SSD crash, I decided to be proactive and avoid writes. I moved all my data to an HDD. I understood from various people that ...
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Relative junctions

I would like to create junctions that are based on the relative path? This way when I copy a folder all the junctions contained within are copied and point to valid data(Which is in the parent folder)...
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I can't delete a directory inside a junctioned directory

So this is the deal. A couple of days ago I moved my profile folder C:\Documents and Settings\fmunoz to a different drive D:\fmunoz. Today, I created a directory in my desktop using the point-and-...
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Move directories in C:\Windows to D:? (by means of junction point)

Can I move the following directories from C:\Windows to D:, and replace them with a junction point? Microsoft.NET assembly $hf_mig$ Installer
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How to create a link to Dropbox folder?

I've moved My Documents to another drive. Windows still shows My Documents in C:\Users\Username\My Documents and links this to D:\... Can I do the same with my Dropbox folder? I want a virtual "...
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Creating symbolic link to new location after moving C:\Windows\Installer to D: partition

I am trying to make some space on my C: partition, an SSD drive, by moving the C:\Windows\Installer partition to the D: drive (following this guide). The last step is: Launch a Command Prompt (as ...
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How do I know if a symbolic link in Windows still works?

I have lots of symbolic links (Windows 7). How do I know if they are working or if they are dead (that is, the original file has been deleted/moved/renamed)? I tried if not exist mylink.txt ...