Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Hard Link Issues Related to Drive Letter

25 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Hard Link Issues Related to Drive Letter

Hi and Merry Xmas to all of you,

Yesterday night I finally got the time around to finish the fresh installation of Windows 7, and I created a hard link for both my "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" using the command prompt in the Windows 7 installation disk.
The hard link points to another partition(E:\) which I use to store Program Files purely. However, at the time of creating the hard link using the Windows 7 Installation disc, the volume letters were different than what it was in Windows. Now when I tried to access my files from Windows, it would give me an error. To better illustrate the problem, I'll attach screenshots below.

The image above shows the hard link in (C:\) and the volume which I link to (E:\)

The image above shows the hard link and the directory it links to in E:\. Notice that the Internet Explorer 8 on taskbar is no longer available. On the other hand, when I tried to install Firefox on "C:\Program Files (x86)", it would be put in "C:\ProgramData\" which appears to be a new backup system that Microsoft used in case "Program Files" folder was deleted.

I know I'm in for another re-install, but what should I do to make the hard links work properly?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP


Try System Restore to before you made the changes and leave Program files on OS drive.

If not, try changing the files back to C: drive by reversing your steps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Well I manged to delete the hard link and remade them, now it works but the program shortcuts are just blank icons. I plan to do it where it doesn't get loaded into windows.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Hard Link Issues Related to Drive Letter

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Can't change hard drive letter to needed letter
I lost my Event Viewer, and had to do a repair installation to fix it. Unfortunately, during the repair install, Windows decided to rename my second HD as the D: drive... it was K: before that. Now I cannot access any of my docs, pictures, music, or videos through the normal means... they don't...
General Discussion
External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back
My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F. I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen. Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G. I went into Administrative Tools > Computer...
Hardware & Devices
External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back
I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years) I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I...
Hardware & Devices
Hard Drive keeps losing letter.
Hard Drive keeps losing the letter assigned to it anytime I turnoff/restart computer. I've taken it out and ran it as an internal and external, it does the same thing on another computer. I've copied everything off of it and did a long format and after some other tries 2 quick formats. The...
Hardware & Devices
Hard drive Letter changed
Hi, Whilst installing a new USB memory stick somehow One of my hard drive letters has changed from F to D? Computer running Windows 7 starts up ok but most of my programmes and software were on the F drive and I cannot get WIndows EXplorer to work. I've tried all the tutorials but cannot access...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:46.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App