Windows 10: Can I replace an entire drive with a symbolic link?

Discus and support Can I replace an entire drive with a symbolic link? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I try to use the same basic structure on all my computers: drive C for Windows, D for games, E for user data, F for bulk storage. On my laptop (which... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by NJMorf, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. NJMorf Win User

    Can I replace an entire drive with a symbolic link?


    I try to use the same basic structure on all my computers: drive C for Windows, D for games, E for user data, F for bulk storage. On my laptop (which is very much my secondary machine and rarely used) I typically split the single HDD into these four parts, but I figure that's fairly inefficient given that the spare space is split across all partitions.

    I've therefore created the F partition as a token 1GB space and created symlinks to replace each of the folders in the root. I'd like to do something similar with the D partition, but that involves more folders, so rather than create one link per folder, I was wondering if I can create a single symlink for the root folder of the F partition and point it at a single folder on another partition. Is this possible?

    Alternatively, I think I could remove the partition completely and then mount a folder as drive F. I've found an article showing a way to do this, but it says that anything I delete from that folder will bypass the recycle bin, which isn't what I'd prefer to happen. Is there a better way to do it?

    Am I better off just creating separate symlinks for each folder in the root of the drive? There aren't all that many of them, so it's doable, but I'd prefer a single link if possible.

    Thanks in advance.

    :)
     
    NJMorf, Jun 25, 2017
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  2. GT82 Win User

    Can you protect or encrypt an entire folder with a fingerprint swipe in Windows 10?

    Can you protect or encrypt an entire folder with a fingerprint swipe in Windows 10?

    I have Protector Suite which has a 'vault' that you can put files in to encrypt, and then unlock with a fingerprint swipe, but it is old software that isn't being updated anymore and I'd rather move on to something more up to date. When I upgraded to Windows
    10 (keeping my files etc), Protector Suite still worked, however the native Windows 10 fingerprint software did not recognise my fingerprint scanner, presumably due to some conflict between the two programs.

    However, I then did a clean install of Windows 10 over the update, and all of a sudden Windows recognised my scanner and allowed me to log in - which I like. However I really liked the protected vault that I had and would like to be able to do a similar
    thing but natively through Windows. Is this possible?

    If this feature doesn't exist, are there any plans to introduce it?
     
  3. GT82 Win User
    Can you protect or encrypt an entire folder with a fingerprint swipe in Windows 10?

    Thanks - It's nice to get a quick reply directly from a member of staff from Microsoft!

    It would be great if you could implement that feature in a future update
     
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