In today’s world when everyone wants more and more space for storing their huge amount of data even in their personal systems, you might have experienced a situation where a hard drive where you needed to store additional data on was not able to store the data because of size limitations. This happens normally in a case where for eg. one migrates the operating system to a Solid State Drive with 80 Gigabytes of space.
This loos like a complex problem for a user but it could be easily solved by an application that would move contents from the main drive to another drive with the help of junctions. This way this application with its special features make it possible to move some of the folders containing data to different partitions without affecting the functionality of the other programs and without effecting any data in any other folder. JunctionMaster is a new software that is currently offered with these features to solve this problem and it is present as an alpha version which means it is at the beginning of the development.
NTFS Junctions which are also known as hard links is a feature of NTFS partitions which allows you to link from one folder to another. For example, if you want to relocate your program files from one drive (C:Program Files) to any other external drive for eg. G:Program Files, you can do it with junctions. Once you create a junction between these two folders, your actual files are stored in G:Program Files, but you can access them from C:Program Files as if it was existing in that drive. You can visualize as all the data is stored as it is in the same drive as it was present earlier, but actually it has been transferred to some other external drive.
JunctionMaster makes full use of NTFS capability which is used to create hard links. It is basically a freeware tool which is mostly a shell extension which allows you to create junctions or links between folders. It allows you to quickly create hard links of folders from Windows right-click context menu, as well as, from a simplified interface. Usage is a piece of cake. It takes nothing more than selecting ‘MOVE and then LINK folder to’ option from Windows Shell right-click menu followed by specifying target location for moving data to create a hard link.
Once link is created, it will move all the data of source directory to new folder which has been made for backup. Please note that the data can also be accessed from the original path of the source folder. Now you can save data into linked folder without worrying about low disk space issues. It is worth mentioning here that changes in either source or linked folder will be made in both folders, meaning that removing a file from linked folder will delete it from source folder and vice versa.
Important! The most important thing while creating junctions is that you cannot delete both the folders, in case you delete any of the folder, all your files in both the folders are deleted.