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    Link Shell Extension

    This issue has been addressed before in various Lounge forums. Here's another resource/ application. From Link Shell Extension:

    "The NTFS file system implemented in NT4, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows XP-64 supports a facility known as hard links (referred to herein as HardLinks). HardLinks provide the ability to keep a single copy of a file yet have it appear in multiple folders (directories). They can be created with the POSIX command ln included in the Windows Resource Kit or the fsutil command utility included in Windows XP. Thus, using standard Windows facilities HardLinks can only be created at the command prompt, which can be tedious, especially when HardLinks to multiple files are required or when one only makes occasional use of HardLinks. Support for Junctions in standard Microsoft software offerings is even more limited than that offered for HardLinks.

    Link Shell Extension (LSE) provides for the creation of HardLinks , Junctions , and Vista's Symbolic Links, (herein referred to collectively as Links) and a Folder Cloning process that utilises HardLinks or Symbolic Links. LSE, as its name implies is implemented as a Shell extension and is accessed from Windows Explorer, or similar file/folder managers. The extension allows the user to select one or many files or folders, then using the mouse, complete the creation of the required Links - HardLinks, Junctions or Symbolic Links or in the case of folders to create Clones consisting of Hard or Symbolic Links. LSE is supported on all Windows versions that support NTFS version 5.0 or later, including Windows XP-64 and the upcoming Vista operating system. HardLinks, Junctions and Symbolic Links are NOT supported on FAT file systems, and nor is the Cloning process supported on FAT file systems. "

    Alan

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    Re: Link Shell Extension

    Gosh, now I'm gonna have to do a little comparison work since this is an ol' chestnut topic that I'd forgotten about since these threads:

    <post:=329,621>post 329,621</post:> January 2004
    <post:=508,496>post 508,496</post:> August 2005

    I've used the technique ever since it was first pointed out and completly forgot to check out your earlier link; now's there's this one too. Good finds, Alan.

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    Re: Link Shell Extension

    What a coincidence. I wrote one of those original articles and just spent several hours exploring links on Vista. Settled on WinbolicLink for creating the links. Also limited my use to just soft links -- felt that hard links were a bit too dangerous for my tastes. I have used soft links consistently for the last several years, but always created them more-or-less manually until discovering WinbolicLink. One habit I have developed is to always name the links with "^ " as the prefix to the name. That provides me an immediate clue in the folder list that I am dealing with a soft link, and not with a real folder. I find that helps me keep an accurate mental picture of where I've navigated to ...
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