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  • I'll try to make a short story out of probably a common scenario...

    I have a win7 pc in which I just installed a solid state drive, and for obvious reasons(Storage capacity constraints), I have succeeded in junctioning

    the my "C:\Program Files" and "C:\Program Files(x86)" folders by the following procedure:

    1.) fresh install

    2.) copy contents of those folders after install to temporary folders

    3.) delete original folders

    4.) create identically named (C:\program files & C:\program files(x86) ) folders

    5.) using mmc---> Disk management---> Mounting a seperate partition(500gb each) to each of those folders.

    6.) re-copy original contents to target point

    This all works perfectly.

    The end result is that I now have Junctioned those folders to partitions that have not been assigned a drive letter, therefore those partitions do not show up in "My Computer".

    So have done something similar with my user account profile

    Copied all my files(including hidden, system, etc..) 

    then I used the MKLINK command to create a junction.

    This all works perfectly, I can log into my account, and I verify that if I create a new file, it actually gets stored on the other drive.

    The only difference is that the junction was made with the following Command line

    mklink /J C:\users\paul Z:\paul

    But now I want to use disk management to remove that drive letter.

    This is a screenshot of the DIR listing showing the junction listing for the "Program Files directories"

    Now a screenshot for the DIR listing showing the junction of my user profile:

    See how there is a drive letter in the junction for my user profile? How do I create a junction that does not have a drive letter, so I can hide that drive, and make it only accessible through the junctioned path(C:\users\paul)???

    Thanks for any help


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    • Edited by Paul Ishak Tuesday, May 28, 2013 5:08 AM
    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 5:07 AM

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  • Hi,


    I'm trying to involve someone familiar with this topic to further look at this issue. There might be some time delay.


    Regards,


    Vincent Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:47 AM
  • Thank you Vincent

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    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:18 PM
  • Hi ,

    Have you tried to remove the Drive letter and use mount point path instead? You can also try to use a roaming profile stored on other volumes for test.

    More information:

    How to create and manipulate NTFS junction points

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/205524

    Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766489(v=WS.10).aspx

    Thanks.


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    Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:46 PM
  • Hi ,

    Have you tried to remove the Drive letter and use mount point path instead? You can also try to use a roaming profile stored on other volumes for test.

    More information:

    How to create and manipulate NTFS junction points

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/205524

    Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766489(v=WS.10).aspx

    Thanks.


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    Thanks Aaron for your response, I will check this out and let you know how it turns out. :)

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    Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:52 PM
  • Hi ,

    Any updates? Thanks.


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    Monday, June 24, 2013 2:27 AM
  • Hi ,

    Any updates? Thanks.


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    Hello,

    Thanks for your response, and unfortunately no.


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    Monday, June 24, 2013 2:29 AM