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Windows 7: Hard Link Issues Related to Drive Letter

25 Dec 2009   #1
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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?


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25 Dec 2009   #2
gregrocker

 

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.
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26 Dec 2009   #3
Platinum

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.
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