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Windows 7: Symbolic Links - Copying

23 Oct 2016   #1
bwatch

windows vista 64
 
 
Symbolic Links - Copying

Greetings,


I have a large number of symbolic links (soft links) on my PC that I want to migrate to a new machine with an identical directory structure. When I use various backup or copy programs that clone files (bit copy), the symbolic links do not work on the target machine (they get converted to empty files instead of links). Any help would be appreciated.


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24 Oct 2016   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

This link may be helpful.
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27 Oct 2016   #3
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bwatch View Post
When I use various backup or copy programs that clone files (bit copy), the symbolic links do not work on the target machine (they get converted to empty files instead of links).
That behaviour depends on the software you use.

If your backup software does not support copying symbolic links, here’s a handy Windows tip: run the following command directly after your backup routine. This command copies all reparse points.
Code:
robocopy source destination /s /sl /ia:t /w:0 /r:0
Caveat: this command should be run with administrative privileges. Of course, this is because symbolic link creation requires the SeCreateSymbolicLinkPrivilege privilege which only administrative accounts have access to by default.
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