How to create a hard link or symbolic link from NTFS to FAT32?
March 24, 2014 9:40 PM   Subscribe

How to create a hard link or symbolic link pointing from a folder on NTFS C:\ to a folder on FAT32 USB SD card?

I am trying to move a folder (iphone backup) on my windows 7 laptop to a SD card.

I searched online and there is a way by using NTFS junction point.
I was going to try it but realized the format of C:\ is NTFS and the SD card FAT32. I don't want to re-format the SD card to NTFS since I guess it's easier for me to transfer data between a MAC and a PC.

So is there a way to create a hard link or whatever type of link from a NTFT to FAT32 target?
Or are there other ways to solve my problem? Thanks very much!
posted by pack2themoon to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Since Junction points are an NTFS filesystem feature, you can only create symbolic links or junction points to other NTFS volumes.
posted by Aleyn at 10:20 PM on March 24, 2014

This tutorial about pointing a folder to an SD card might interest you though.
posted by Aleyn at 10:33 PM on March 24, 2014

The notion of a hard link between filesystems doesn't even make sense. That's when one set of blocks has two directories. So it'd have to be a symbolic link. It's the same as the instructions on your page, except mklink /D instead of mklink /J. I tested with a FAT32 SD card. I didn't have iTunes handy, but other random software I tried worked fine with it.

This does require administrator access, so you'll have to start a special administrator CMD.EXE instance. I suspect you already know how to do this, but if not, the easiest way to get that that I know of is:

Hit the windows key, type cmd.exe (don't press enter), right click on the result that pops up, choose run as administrator
posted by aubilenon at 11:57 PM on March 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Can you do this another way? I can't see where the symlink or hardlink comes into this for moving some files...
posted by devnull at 4:05 AM on March 25, 2014

It looks likepack2themoon is trying to change where a backup will be saved to, not moving files after the backup occurs.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 8:11 AM on March 25, 2014

@NAID I wonder why he doesn't move the files, then change the backup destination.
posted by devnull at 3:06 PM on March 26, 2014

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