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Windows 7: Deducing hard-linked files


29 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Deducing hard-linked files

Is there a mechanism which would allow the discovery of hard-linked files under Windows?

Linux has the inode number, which is the same across hard-linked files (providing they are in the same filesystem)

I can't find anything which identifies a specific physical file under Windows.

Is there even a mechanism which defines whether or not a file HAS hard links? Again, Linux has the Link Count, which gives the game away.


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29 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Link Shell Extension
Hardlinks get an overlay icon as well as an entry in properties.
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29 Nov 2012   #3
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Link Shell Extension
Hardlinks get an overlay icon as well as an entry in properties.
Add xplorer2 to the mix and it will give you a link count column - not sure if its in the xplorer2 Free version, its definitely in xplorer2 Pay4Me version

xplorer˛ Windows File Manager (Explorer replacement)

BR
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30 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions so far. My initial experience with Windows 7 was rather unfortunate, with BSOD's on a regular basis. Whilst I seem to have fixed that problem (an incomplete AMD Video driver update), it's left me with an aversion to installing extra "stuff", and especially something so tightly integrated into the workings of the system.
Perhaps I should press on with learning C/C++ to the point where I could write something myself...
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30 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

...okay. But this is a tool I use myself.
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02 Dec 2012   #6
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
...okay. But this is a tool I use myself.
ditto - been using LSE about 13 years - Win2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7 - one of the most useful and reliable gadgets I've ever had - couldn't live without it.
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05 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
...okay. But this is a tool I use myself.
OK, I'm convinced. Thank you.
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