HardLink and Original Folder The same size RRS feed

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  • Hi

    Question 1:

     I did the migration of OS and isued the technology of hardlink

     The Hardlink file located in c:\UserData  and d:\UserData

     I noticed the files and folder size hardlink data is the same of the orginal data  and now I'm consuming the space of the drive double


    Orig            ->  c:\MyFiles -10 GB

    HardLink     ->  c:\userdata\C$\MyFiles   - 10 GB

    Please advise might be the hard drive will be full

    Question 2:  What if I delete the Hardlink Folder  "c:\userdata\ " What will be happened  ?

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 1:58 PM


  • No, you're not consuming double, think of the hardlink like a shortcut or a second reference to the data on the disk, it points to the same same place so you'll see the same data and therefore the same size. That's the whole point of hardlinking.

    You can't directly delete the folder, you must use usmtutils to delete it.

    You should read (and study) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560753(v=WS.10).aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/b/configurationmgr/archive/2010/06/30/how-to-use-usmt-4-hardlinking-in-a-configuration-manager-2007-task-sequence.aspx.

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    • Marked as answer by help.me Saturday, August 3, 2013 11:57 AM
    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:01 PM