JunctionMaster - FREEWARE

MOVE, AND LINK -- RELOCATE FOLDER TO ANOTHER DRIVE WITH NO PATH CHANGE

JunctionMaster is a small and simple shell extension that will allow you to MOVE and LINK a folder in one easy step. It focuses on MOVING the folder, then replacing the original folder with a hard link (junction) to the new location. Windows (and the user) can reference the files at the same location as before, but the actual storage of them is on the other drive. It is handy for new hard drives, and also in the case of SSDs where you may wish to redirect some folders with lots of RW activity to a conventional HDD.

For instance, if you bought a new hard drive you might wish to move some large folders without having to change their paths? For instance, having it store the stuff in c:\movies, but not having the path of c:\movies change. This is what JunctionMaster will do. It would move the files to f:\movies, but c:\movies still accesses them just the same (with no perceptible difference at all in the shell until Windows 7, where it now shows a link overlay on the folder icon). You must be CAREFUL though as deleting the files from either location will delete them in both (since only one real copy exists).

    Examples:
  • I bought a new hard drive and want to move some of my program files to it without having to change a thing, or reinstall the software
  • I have an SSD and want to minimize writes to it. Therefore, I need to Move and Link high traffic folders to another drive - a conventional one
  • I am out of space on my primary hard drive partition and want to move folders from it without having to change the path I reference them by

    Features:
  • Integrates with shell (explorer)
  • Uses Shell Move Operation, so it looks and behaves as if you cut and pasted yourself
  • Is safe and conservative whenever there is any question
  • Does pre-emptive scans to ensure everything should be kosher during the move

Right-click on folder in explorer

No reboot required after installation to see this!
JunctionMaster Right Click in Explorer

Move and Link creation dialog

JunctionMaster Right Click in Explorer

For those who do not know what NTFS Junctions (or hard links) are, they are links from one folder to another. This can make your folder at "c:\myfolder" actually have its files contained by "f:\bigstorage". This feature has been built into NTFS for many years, but never made full advantage of. Once you create a junction, the files there are stored at the target (f:\bigstore in the above example). However, if you delete the files from EITHER location then you will delete all the files. That is why you must be CAREFUL with them, as this accident could happen. If you need to REMOVE a junction, fire up JunctionMaster and let it do it for you.

As stated, JunctionMaster is mostly a shell extension. After installation, right click on a folder in explorer (the Windows shell, or you could just say Windows). You'll see a link to JunctionMaster, allowing you to easily move that folder to another drive and create a junction (hard link) so everything works just like it did before.

If you simply run JunctionMaster from the start menu, then you'll get a dialog allowing you to find and remove junctions.

AFTER RELOCATING A FOLDER, IT *MAY* APPEAR TO BE GONE FROM EXPLORER UNTIL YOU REFRESH (F5) - SO DO NOT FREAK OUT.

JunctionMaster Right Click in Explorer


JunctionMaster

MOVE AND LINK IN ONE EASY STEP

Take 30 seconds and donate $2 (or more) if you find this application useful. Consider this an experiment. Maybe we can change the way software is developed and marketed. User financed freeware. That would be great, if it works.

Current version: v0.16 alpha

JunctionMaster is a great free project that allows you to move folders from one drive to another without every changing any settings.

WARNING: Make backups first! Since the original directory (say "C:\Program Files\My Program") becomes a TRANSPARENT LINK to the new storage location (e.g. "D:\Program Files\My Program", deleting files from EITHER location will delete them from BOTH! Be aware of this potential for accidental data loss due to user or application confusion.

Downloads

Download the 32-bit if you do not know which to get! You should choose whichever your OS is, not the capabilities of your hardware. Most people still run 32-bit Windows Operating Systems, thus it should be your first try. It will tell you directly if you picked wrong.

Compatible with all NT based kernels. This means everything BUT Windows95, 98, ME. Specifically tested with Windows 7 x64 in this early beta.

Compatible with Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Home Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2008, and Windows 7.

Want development to continue?

I love getting distracted with side projects, but if you want development of this project to continue then you need to show it by donating. Donate $1 or $100. ALL donations will eventually be rewarded with premium licenses to the final product (whatever that is and whatever it entails). It may be the final Premium edition is the same as this, but has Premium and an extra feature or two. There are no guarantees. Please, donate mostly to encourage deevlopment.