Although junctions behave like the shortcuts, the shortcut icons are different from junctions in a way that junctions are just the pointers that occupy no disk space. On the other hand, the shortcut icons are separate and individual files which are some kilobytes in size, and that redirect users to the target folders.
A junction can be created for any folder by using the command MKLINK with /J parameter. Once a junction for any folder is created, it becomes sometimes challenging for the administrators to move the created junction to a different location. This task can be accomplished easily with the help of a freeware application called Junction Master which is a specifically developed for the purpose, and is available for both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of operating systems.
For those who do not know how to create junctions, the first section of the process given below guides the administrators how to create junctions for any folder. The second section in the process explains how to move an already created junction with the help of Junction Master.
How to Create Directory Junctions in Windows 8?
To create a directory junction in Windows 8, instructions given below must be followed:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator account.
- Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop.
- Once on the desktop screen, click File Explorer icon from the taskbar.
- On the displayed Libraries window, navigate and locate the folder or drive (except C drive) on which directory junction of a folder is to be created.
- Once located, press and hold the Shift key, and right-click the folder.
- From displayed context menu, click Open command window here.
- On the opened Command Prompt window, type MKLINK /J “ABC-JUNCTION” “C:\PROGRAM FILES” command, and press Enter to create a directory junction of program files. Where ABC-JUNCTION is a directory junction name of program files folder.
- Close Command Prompt window when done.
How to Move Directory Junctions across Different Drives in Windows 8?
- In order to move directory junctions across different drives in Windows 8, step-by-step instructions given below must be followed:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer administrator account.
- Download and install the appropriate version of Junction Master from the links in the next step.
- http://bitsum.com/files/beta/junctionmastersetup64.exe for 64-bit Windows 8
http://bitsum.com/files/beta/junctionmastersetup32.exe for 32-bit Windows 8.
- Once installed, right-click the newly created directory junction i.e. ABC-JUNCTION.
- From the displayed context menu, click MOVE and then LINK folder to option.
- On User Account Control confirmation box, click Yes to provide administrative consents to launch Junction master application with the elevated privileges.
- On the displayed MoveAndLink warning box, click Yes.
- On the opened box, click the browse button opposite to New backing drive/folder field.
- On the opened Browse for Folder box, browse for and locate the different drive or folder to which the selected junction is to be moved.
- Once located, click to select the folder or drive, and click OK.
- Back on the previous box, click Move and Link button to move the directory junction to the selected folder.
- Once done, click OK.