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Windows 7: Want to link two directories together, unsure how.

23 Oct 2011   #1

Win7 Enterprise x64
Want to link two directories together, unsure how.

Hey, first post here, thought this would be a great place to air my question, and hopefully get an answer! :)

I've noticed that when I open "Documents" from the start bar, it's showing two directories: C:/users/Miles/documents ---- C:/users/public/documents

This is not a problem as I have items in both that I want to see, what I do want to know though is if I can do this sort of thing with my downloads folder.

I have a folder set out, D:/Download, where I put, well... Downloads! But my D drive is now full and has no space left on it so I want to make it use space from my C drive (500gb free) but I guess, pretend it's on the D drive.

For example when I download something from a browser, I click save as, and put it in D drive, but I want it to actually go to my C drive somewhere, and have it show up in the D drive when I go to it via Explorer.

Sorry for the long post, I've no idea how to explain exactly what I want in fewer words :P

Any advice you guys have would be great, I just don't want to have two separate versions of everything (as I had when I made a custom library for D:/Download) I want them to share the space :)

Thanks in advance!

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23 Oct 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Meeilz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

One option, if you like, is that you could create a new "Downloads" library, and also include your "D:\Download" folder in the library. Afterwards, you could open the new "Downloads" library to be able to see all your files that are in all of the included locations with them still actually being stored at the included locations.

Hope this helps,
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25 Oct 2011   #3

Win7 Enterprise x64

Hey there, thanks for such a speedy reply and sorry for my inability to do the same!

This helps a lot to know that I was on the right track but the problem there is I still have folders to organise my downloads.. Folder.

I.e. In downloads, I have "Movies" "Pictures" etc.

Which means when I want to download another picture, I'll want to place it in my D drive under "Pictures" but with the current library set up, I'll have to have two "Pictures" folders, one on the C drive and one on the D drive. My idea originally was to have the folder set up so that when the hard disk has run out of space, it uses space on the C drive (kind of like a RAID set up) but still shows the file I downloaded as being on the D drive.

I guess this is pretty much impossible to do, as it's pretty impossible to explain too, but I'll keep trying :)

Thanks again

My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Oct 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


You can do this easily with a library. A library is only a access point (shortcut) that lets you see all the files in all the different folder locations in one location (library) instead of having to actually go to each individual folder to see them.

For example, create the Downloads library as described above, then set your D:\Downloads folder as the Save to folder for the library. This way you could select to have your downloads saved to your Downloads library which will then actually "Save to" the D:\Downloads folder since you set the D:\Downloads folder as the "Save to" folder for the Downloads library. You can set the "Save to" folder to be whatever included folder in the library though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Oct 2011   #5

Win7 Enterprise x64

Yeah thats exactly what I was after Thanks I didn't realise it was as simple as a "save to" option hehe :P
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Oct 2011   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Meeilz. I'm happy to hear that'll work for you. :)
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