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Windows 7: MKLINK - Can not create what is already there

25 Oct 2013   #1
jcarlberg

Windows 8 x86
 
 
MKLINK - Can not create what is already there

Not correct sentence but it is original in Swedish.

Because i am not a fan of printscreen, so i will post what i have written:

C:\Windows\system32>mklink /d "C:\Users\Susanne\AppData\Local\Opera Software\Ope
ra Stable" "E:\"


I am not really shure about the differens between "j" and "d", but what i understand of i need "d".

What i want to do is to make Windows ( and hopefully Opera) to believe the Cache map is in E, because there i have 500 (enough?) of space for cache and i want to move the psycical map there to.

If just Opera would let me choose where the cache should be:P


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25 Oct 2013   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Move the folder to the desired location (close Opera) then create the junction pointing to the new place.
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25 Oct 2013   #3
jcarlberg

Windows 8 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Move the folder to the desired location (close Opera) then create the junction pointing to the new place.
Ok, i was afraid of that.

Thanks for the answer. regards
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25 Oct 2013   #4
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Alternatively, instead of tricking Opera into putting its settings somewhere else, you may want to try the portable install instead of the normal one. In those, it just saves its data (and the cache) into its program folder, without any redirection needed.
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25 Oct 2013   #5
jcarlberg

Windows 8 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Alternatively, instead of tricking Opera into putting its settings somewhere else, you may want to try the portable install instead of the normal one. In those, it just saves its data (and the cache) into its program folder, without any redirection needed.


What is the differens between the portable and non portable then? i mean is there some advantage for the non portable, or all that has some tech knowledge should use that one instead.''

regards
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25 Oct 2013   #6
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Both "versions" work exactly the same, but with one important difference, where they do store their data and code files. Non-portable typically install to system locations like "program files" and (should) save its data to the user profile folder and often leave some unnecessary traces of itself in the registry, while the portable just throws everything all together in a single folder, with both the executables and private data, normally outside of any system location.

Pros of non-portable are that user data is maintained in each one profile, so multiple users in the same computer will have their own settings/bookmarks independent of others (with portables, you need one copy per user of the whole program). Also the program files themselves are installed in a system protected location, normally without write permission, so it's a little more difficult for viruses/users to tamper with them. They also provide a convenient uninstaller.

Pros of portable software are that the program is self-contained in a single location, making moving to another machine or backup trivial (just copy that whole folder around), they don't write anything in system folders and don't bloat the registry at all and don't require administrator access to install/remove.

I would not say that any one is always preferable to the other, each has its own merits really. I'm somewhat geared towards portable whenever possible for the sake of avoiding messing with the system if given the chance. But in your case, and particularly for Opera, I may suggest you that because you can choose where to install the program as portable, and it will drop their entire contents (and cache) there, without leaving files around your disk. It's also easy to move that folder if your space needs change afterwards.
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