Windows7: How can I create Junctions/Symbolic Links to OSX Partition?

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  1. .product macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I'm running Windows7 in a bootcamp partition, along with OSX 10.6.2. I use Dropbox to sync my files between computers, and currently have all of my Dropbox files in OSX. My drive is currently partitioned approximately 75% OSX, 25% W7. I'm trying to save space on my BC partition, and hence, following this guide:

    I'd like to be able to create junctions of the files on my OSX partition and drop them into W7. This way, I don't have 2 copies of each file (one in W7, one in OSX). However, using Link Shell Extension, I'm not able to create symbolic links/junctions etc to the OSX partition. I also tried setting my Dropbox folder in W7 to be the same as the one on the OSX partition, but Dropbox won't allow it.

    Basically I want to know how I can mirror the contents of a directory located in OSX in W7, without having to simply duplicate all the content.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    W7 has a neat feature in libraries (a bit like smart folders). So you might just be able to add your Dropbox folders to say the "Documents" or "Pictures" libraries...

  3. .product thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Hey, thanks for the reply. I tried this, and it has helped me access the files on the OSX partition faster (I added the whole dropbox folder to my Documents library). However, it still won't let me create a junction/link.

    So while it's now easier for me to access the files, when I work on one in my DropBox folder, it won't sync until I boot back into OSX.

    Any other ideas?


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