NTFS volume mount point

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NTFS volume mount points are specialized NTFS filesystem objects which are used to mount and provide an entry point to other volumes. Mount points can be created in a directory on an NTFS file system, which gives a reference to the root directory of the mounted volume. Any empty directory can be converted to a mount point. The mounted volume is not limited to the NTFS filesystem but can be formatted with any file system supported by Microsoft Windows. Volume Mount Points are supported from NTFS 3.0, which was introduced with Windows 2000.

Though these are quite similar to regular POSIX mount points found in Unix and Unix-like systems, they only support local filesystems. On Windows Vista and later, NTFS symbolic links can be used to link local directories to remote SMB network paths.

Limitations

Symbolic links do not work at boot, so it's impossible to redirect e.g.:

  • folder containing hiberfile.sys (if it's configured to be outside root directory)
  • \Windows
  • \Windows\System32
  • \Windows\Config

Nevertheless, it is possible to redirect:

  • \Users
  • \Documents and Settings
  • \Program Files
  • \Program Files (x86)

See also

External links

  • Volume Mount Points
  • Creating Volume Mount Points
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