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Create Symbolic Links / Folder Shortcuts That Aren't Drive Letter Dependant

Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:56 pm

OK, I know this isn't exactly "data recovery" but it's something you may wish to do in your data recovery work. For example, let's say you've got a below average intelligence customer who's data is buried deep into their folder structure and you know that simply giving them a folder location is going to confuse them.

Here's how you can create a symbolic link on a drive that will still work even though the drive letter is likely to change when it's plugged into a different computer.

Step 1: From R-Studio, click on the logical volume and look for OS Object path as you see here. Then right click it and select "Copy Value".

Step2: Run CMD as admin (must be as admin) by right clicking on cmd and selecting "run as admin".

Step 3: Navigate to where you want to create the link (e.g. D:\)

Step 4: Type in the command to create the link using the following syntax:

mklink /D [name of link] [pasted in OS object path \directory path\]

(The /D trigger is letting it know it's a "directory" link)

So your command will look like the following before you press enter

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D:>\mklink /D MyLink \\?\Volume{3a970c44-8ddb-11e5-8f56-806e6f6e6963}\Users\profile\pictures\

Also, don't forget the trailing backslash.

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