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Windows 7: How to make a tunnel between two partitions?

02 May 2016   #1
09009494

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
How to make a tunnel between two partitions?

Hi, When I download a game like AVA or Visual studio community I can't change it's download path, they require to be downloaded at C and I don't have 29 ****ing GB in my C drive
TIA


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02 May 2016   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

The easiest way to redirect a hard coded file path is to use a soft link:

MKLINK Create and Use Links in Windows

I used them in Linux decades ago. It makes life easier just for the reason you mention. When the partition I was using to install stuff started to fill up I made a soft link to a larger partition and moved all the stuff over there.

Edit: The directory part of the path is redirected to the larger partition transparently. In most cases the software rerouted using the link never knows anything special happened.
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02 May 2016   #3
09009494

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
The easiest way to redirect a hard coded file path is to use a soft link:

MKLINK Create and Use Links in Windows

I used them in Linux decades ago. It makes life easier just for the reason you mention. When the partition I was using to install stuff started to fill up I made a soft link to a larger partition and moved all the stuff over there.

Edit: The directory part of the path is redirected to the larger partition transparently. In most cases the software rerouted using the link never knows anything special happened.
thx for the reply. i made a junction shortcut when i tried to test it, it didn't work. i tried to install 2 programs one of them said the path is not there "do u want to create one?" and the other said folder not writable. can u guide me to how u use it on windows?
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02 May 2016   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

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03 May 2016   #5
09009494

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

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i have windows 10
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03 May 2016   #6
MeOnMine

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM
 
 

Hi, just change your Download Location.
I can't speak for Win 10, But.
C:/user/users name/Downloads[right click] properties/Location Tab/click Move and adjust to new drive/apply.
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04 May 2016   #7
09009494

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MeOnMine View Post
Hi, just change your Download Location.
I can't speak for Win 10, But.
C:/user/users name/Downloads[right click] properties/Location Tab/click Move and adjust to new drive/apply.
unfortunately the apps that i can't control where to download usually doesn't download in the "downloads" folder, it installs directly in "C:\Program Files" which i want to make a link from to another free partition
apps like this are visual studio and AVA game

Any help!
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06 May 2016   #8
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I believe MKLINK is your remedy as well. And you just need to overcome the security measures, if you are doing the logic part (paths and folders) correctly.

Are you the admin of the PC? Program Files will need that kind of elevation for at least the folders I believe. (Hmm, never been a regular user, gap in knowledge )
Is User Account Control (UAC) enabled? You can try disabling and creating the link, then turn it back on.

Anyway, just some ideas.
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06 May 2016   #9
09009494

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
I believe MKLINK is your remedy as well. And you just need to overcome the security measures, if you are doing the logic part (paths and folders) correctly.

Are you the admin of the PC? Program Files will need that kind of elevation for at least the folders I believe. (Hmm, never been a regular user, gap in knowledge )
Is User Account Control (UAC) enabled? You can try disabling and creating the link, then turn it back on.

Anyway, just some ideas.
enlighten my master bill gates i'm the admin and UAC is off. can u tell me the exact steps of using mklink to make a folder in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0" linked to the root of D:\ that the vs_community_ENU.exe download it's files to
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