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Posted on 2004-10-19
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I'm cheating - this is actually two questions, but I think the answer should be easy for someone who knows.

1.  Can I create a 'reparsed file'?  That is, I want c:\folder\myfile.txt to actually be stored d:\here\myfiled.txt.  I don't want a shortcut, since that's actually myfile.txt.lnk and the program won't write to it.

2.  How can I create a mount point to a sub-directory?  I want to map c:\somefolder\backup to thisvolume\thatfoldersbackup\.  (I know how to mount 'thisvolume' to that directory, but I want to begin in a directory, not the root since it's shared).
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by:Mazaraat
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How about the SUBST command?

SUBST G: D:\myfolder

=)
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by:end-user
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Can subst mount volumes rather than depending on drive letters?
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by:Mazaraat
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yes, as long as you have access normally:

SUBST G: \\server\share

workss also
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by:Mazaraat
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Note there is a space between the drive letter and the the URL
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Right, but all that's doing is mapping a network path, and the volume you used is shared.  I'm talking about volumes on the system that don't otherwise have a designation.  Also, I don't want to use a drive letter, I want to create a folder that maps to something else.  Like my example.
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by:Mazaraat
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You could do this(but again its a drive letter)

subst G: c:\somefolder\anotherfolder

or

subst G: \\server\share\folder

or even

subst g: \\server\c$\folder\folder

still wracking my brain for other possibilities...but this one sticks out as the way to do it.

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by:end-user
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Well, here's one way to do it, but I was hoping for a more elegant way.

First, use the logical disk manager to mount the volume as a directory off the c drive, like c:\windows\mounted volume\.

Then, use a tool like linkd to create a junction between d:\somefolder\redirectedfolder\ and c:\windows\mounted volume\targetfolder\.

Again, not wonderful since the whole volume is visable and accessible on the c drive...
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by:Mazaraat
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OK now your going to love me =) I found EXACTLY what your looking for utility called junction:

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/misc.shtml#junction

This utility will allow you to manually create junction points between folders, and on diferent drives

Here is also another freeware that has a nice GUI tool that will do this:
http://www.pearlmagik.com/winbolic/


ENJOY!!

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by:alanclos
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What version of Windows is this?  You can have an entire volume show up as a mount point (folder) in another directory by using diskmgmt.msc and assigning a mount point (same how you assign a drive letter)?

Have you looked at this?
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*sigh*  read back two posts.  
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by:end-user
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I care; I don't feel that any satisfactory answer has been provided.  I think I came up with the closest option on my own.
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