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silofonari

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Hi there, 

 

with the great help of this forum, I now successfully installed Win7 beside my Linux partition. Since I haven't used Windows in a whole while, I have to get used to how it behaves again. 

 

 

My setup - as far as it concerns my Win installation - includes a SSD for the system and apps, as well as a large internal HDD for data storage. I was creating symlinks from the folders on my HDD to "My Documents", which work fine for direct usage. This also includes e.g. a symlink to the folder "Downloads", which is named exactly like that. It happens though, that if - for example - in my web browser (no matter which one), I click on a file to download it, Windows automatically creates a new directory, also in "My Documents", ignoring the existent symlink with the same name. This obviously defeats the whole purpose of the symlink. 

 

Is there any way to prevent Windows from doing so? It seems that it doesn't make a difference whether I created the symlink via drag & drop or via cmd. 

 

Thanks guys ;)


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iammykyl

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Welcome back silofonari.

Bit of a novice at this symlink lark, I use the lazy Location Tab, (see at end).

What flag are you using with CMD?  please read, > http://www.computerh...m/mklink.htm#05

I think you need to use the J flag as the others create a relative link, "Relative symbolic links are restricted to a single volume." source, > http://msdn.microsof...8(v=vs.85).aspx

 

some info.  

http://www.sevenforu...ks-windows.html

http://www.tech-reci...symbolic-links/

http://www.eightforu...ws-8-8-1-a.html

 

If you want to try this method for the download folder, please make sure you remove any links you made so it is at the default location, backup any important files, create a restore point and follow the instructions.

NB Step 1 is incorrect.   you must create the destination folder, otherwise Data will be stored on the Root of the drive. " 1.  Open your data drive in Windows Explorer and create a new, empty folder for each of the data folders you plan to move. This step isn’t  is required,"

http://www.zdnet.com...to-size_p2/2941


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I'm sorry for not replying to your post for such a long time. I'm quite busy at the moment, I'm gonna edit / update this post as soon as possible (when I found time to try your suggestions out)  :spoton:


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Not a problem, thanks for the update.  :thumbsup:


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