Windows 10: Symbolic Links (Soft Links)

Discus and support Symbolic Links (Soft Links) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Greetings, I have a large number of symbolic links (soft links) on my PC that I want to migrate to a new machine with an identical directory... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by JayD1, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. JayD1 Win User

    Symbolic Links (Soft Links)


    Greetings,


    I have a large number of symbolic links (soft links) on my PC that I want to migrate to a new machine with an identical directory structure. When I use various backup or copy programs that clone files (bit copy), the symbolic links do not work on the target machine (they get converted to empty files instead of links). Any help would be appreciated.

    :)
     
    JayD1, Oct 22, 2016
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  2. Symbolic links & Disk Usage

    Thank you for your reply, however your suggestion is not clear.

    I assumed that by creating a symbolic link ... if the original data was stored on drive C: and linked to drive D: that the information would be stored on drive D: (and space would be taken), the C: drive would contain sort of "virtual files" - identical
    to those on the D: drive, and would take no space.

    The files would be stored on drive D: but would be accessed by other programs as if the files/folders were on the C: drive.

    I have found that the files/folders take space on BOTH the C: and D: drive - I was told, in another thread, that there really was no storage on the original C: drive and that the space taken on the C: drive was really empty.

    ** My main concern is that Windows 10 Home, although it incorrectly detects space on the C: drive (since the symbolic link folders are on the D: drive), would still think that the C: drive is full when the limit of the hard drive is reached - event though
    all the files are virtual files that are really contained on the D: drive
     
    Jules Hersh, Oct 22, 2016
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  3. Symbolic Links - Windows 10

    Hello "cmdr"

    Thanks for the helpful notice.

    Just as a followup: Is there anyway to get an accurate reading of the true disk space used?
     
    Jules Hersh, Oct 22, 2016
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  4. dalchina New Member

    Symbolic Links (Soft Links)

    Hi, don't know if this is any help:
    Link Shell Extension

    - clearly by someone with a very detailed understanding.
     
    dalchina, Oct 23, 2016
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