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Windows 7: MKLINK Create and Use Links in Windows

23 Mar 2017   #140


I want to first thank everyone for this info, it has worked well, but not flawlessly, and maybe what I was trying to do is way beyond the scope of what symbolic links can do. I have 2 offices in different parts of the country. Each one has all the files I want to access on a NAS. I used a symbolic link to connect the folders on the NAS I wanted to sync w/ OneDrive. Seemed to work beautifully, Onedrive populated with the files off the NAS I wanted, and I could now access both NAS from onedrive. I quickly noticed that updating was spotty. I would update a file, and it would be the current file on the local NAS and seemingly on the onedrive, but on the remote computer it just wasn't updating even though onedrive said it was up to date. I really thought I had it. Anyone want to weigh in on a setting I may be able to change on the network or onedrive to get them to stay in sync?

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08 Apr 2017   #141

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
mklink cannot find path

I'm trying to map my NAS to a local drive so that I can use Crashplan to back it up to a local USB drive. I was having trouble making mklink /j work (see symptom in attached screenshot) but then saw a forum post saying it worked with /d so I tried that.

The symptom changed to 'system cannot find the path specified' (also in attached screenshot). I can navigate to that path OK from Explorer. Why can't the system find it? Any help/suggestions much appreciated, TIA ... Greg

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09 Apr 2017   #142

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

Hi Greg,

If H drive represents a mount point to a network location mapped by Windows Explorer, the Command Prompt will not be able to see it.

Before you can create the link there (assuming a NAS is anything like a workstation) you’ll need to net use the network location, authenticating with the builtin Administrator account for that machine (or one with similar privileges). After that you must pushd to the mapped location before you can execute mklink there.
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09 Apr 2017   #143

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Thank you for the reply Pyprohly.
The NAS is not like a work station, it is a Western Digital MyCloud disk connected directly to the router.
I'm not experienced in network tricks like these, so I would really appreciate any extra help to understand how to perform the procedures you mention, TIA ... Greg
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2 Weeks Ago   #144

Windows 10 64-bit

Thanks for the Article good stuff!

I used this to get iTunes to use an external hard drive for backup and restore. Super useful in this case since otherwise iTunes will only let you run a 100GB backup on the local disk and restoring it wants to use another 100GB requiring 200GB C: drive space.

Using a junction solved the problem 100%
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