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31 Jan 2011  
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davidbr View Post
Thanks, this seems like a nice solution. I didn't know Windows has hard links. However, it seems hard links do require hard drive space (Mklink in Windows).
Explorer may show the hardlink is taking up space but it is not. It is merely a reference in the MFT that points to the same file. An Alias as it were. You can make a dozen hardlinks of the say file, the size utilized will never decrease of increase. You can easily test this out.

Just so we are clear, Explorer (and others that list files) shows and has a file size because it needs to act exactly like a regular file. A hardlink would be 100% useless if it did not. So the post in your link is WRONG.
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