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Windows 7: Directory junction/symbolic link not working

12 Nov 2010   #11
ericwish1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit.
 
 

Yeah it looks like it works. Other than those writes that I see happening periodically, it looks good. As I said, I've never seen someone answer this kind of question so quickly. Thanks.


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12 Nov 2010   #12
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

No problem. Glad it works and glad to contribute.
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12 Nov 2010   #13
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

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05 Dec 2010   #14
Bcavinc

x64
 
 

FLiGi7,
My idea was to setup the first OS, OS1 then copy or clone it to My OS2 Partition as a backup copy. I tried using Norton Ghost 11 from a CD and it messed up both the copy and the source OS. The copy boots and works for the most part but I can not install programs. Links are missing.
It would not copy Symlinks and junction points. Even worse it deleted Symlinks and junction points for the C:/Users/ All users directory in both OS's.
I have never encountered such a problem.
I do not have a clue how to fix this without a total reinstall.


If I could copy symlinks from another working machine. I could manually rebuild the 'USERS directory' structure.

Got any ideas on how to copy Symlinks and junction points without coping their contents ?
I read Xcopy is able to copy Symlinks and junction points without coping their contents, using the /b option but I can not get the syntax correct.


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06 Dec 2010   #15
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

What syntax are you using?

For the record, it sounds like so much has happened/changed that it might be prudent to just do a re-install and bite the bullet.
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12 Mar 2011   #16
habibi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What's the difference between /d and /j in the command mklink?
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13 Mar 2011   #17
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

/d creates a directory symbolic link while /j creates a junction. But I assume you mean behavior difference? None other then junctions work with older installations of Windows.
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13 Mar 2011   #18
habibi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hi logicearth -you are right. I don't understand what is a symbolic link and a junction. I assume they are the same and based on what you are saying, they are the same, except junction will work with older Windows - by this I guess you mean XP, 2000, NT?
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14 Mar 2011   #19
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

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