How to redirect / junction Folders in Windows

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How to redirect / junction Folders in Windows

Postby Sethioz » Tue May 05, 2015 5:06 pm

This quick tutorial explains on how to redirect folders in windows 7. For example i need this in GTA 5. GTA 5 uses rockstar video editor and it saves the clips onto primary drive by default, regardless of where game is installed.

Here's default path:
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C:\Users\Sethioz\AppData\Local\Rockstar Games\GTA V\videos

So all the clips are saved there, i use SSD as primary drive and i do not want it to kill my SSD with those clips, so i want to save them onto 3tb HDD instead. In this case making a shortcut to folder will not help, you need to create a junction (redirection).

Here's how you can do it:

1. Make a new folder whereever you want the old folder to redirect
For example i want "C:\Users\Sethioz\AppData\Local\Rockstar Games\GTA V\videos" to become "G:\GTA5 videos\"
So go to your G drive and make a folder there.

2. Now move all the content from original folder to new folder.

3. Make a note of your original folder path (complete path). save it into notepad or copy to clipboard.

4. Delete original folder.

5. Start > type > "cmd.exe" and press enter (might have to right click and run as administrator)

6. In cmd type in the following command:
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mklink /J "C:\Users\Sethioz\AppData\Local\Rockstar Games\GTA V\videos" "G:\GTA5 videos"

and press enter, it says junction created.

Now the original folder will appear and might have different icon, but all content in that folder will be kept in new location.
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Re: How to redirect / junction Folders in Windows

Postby XaneXXXX » Thu May 28, 2015 12:50 am

Very helpful tutorial :)

There is a program called Symbolic Link Creator, that does all of this for you with a GUI. very usefull and easy to use.
Direct download link avalible (Updated 16-11-19) HERE
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