Backuping directory junctions

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  1. Xarx

    Xarx Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I have Paragon B&R 10.1 Free Edition and WindowsXP Pro SP3 installed on a NTFS partition.

    The Windows installation contains many junction points, for instance I have "C:\Programs" pointing onto "C:\Program Files". I have created a backup of my system into a file. Then I tried to restore (into a different location) both "C:\Program Files" and "C:\Programs". But the junction point was not restored, "C:\Programs" remained an ordinary (empty) directory. I experimented with other junction points, with he same result.

    So, my question is: Does B&R support junction points? Moreover, I have also junction points pointing between different partitions - will B&R backup and restore them? And what about hard links (I didn't try)?

    Thank you,
    Martin.
     
  2. Mech_An

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    For now Paragon backup doesn't support junction points. They will appear as empty folders.

    You can backup the source partition\folder to which Program Files is linked.
     
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    Thank you for your answer. But that's funny, because here at Paragons' various features of NTFS are very well sumarized and explained - but the final word is to be: "but we don't support it". :-(

    Martin.
     
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    I'd like to open this question again. I've got a notebook with Windows7 installed, and Win7 uses junction points and symbolic links a lot. Paragon B&R is (they say) able to backup (and restore) Win7 system partition. How would this be possible, if it didn't backup those junctions and symlinks?

    Nevertheless, I can confirm that in WinXP the directory junctions are not backed up (or cannot be restored). Is there a difference in behaviour of B&R under Win7 and WinXP?

    Thank you,
    Martin.
     
  5. Mech_An

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    Do you mean moved and renamed Documents and settings folder?
    If yes, all Windows 7 folders and files are stored in C:/ partition and backup will keep junctions points workable.

    By the way, for Windows 7 file-level backup correctly backups My Documents from C:/Users/[user name]/ folder. It is special replacement of the direct link made for Windows 7.
     
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    Not only that. On my installation, e.g. the following folders are not regular folders (and many more):

    Code:
    "C:\Documents and Settings" (junction)
    C:\Programs (junction)
    "C:\Users\All Users" (symlink)
    "C:\Users\Default User" (junction)
    "C:\Users\All Users\Application Data" (junction)
    "C:\Users\All Users\Desktop" (junction)
    "C:\Users\All Users\Documents" (junction)
    etc.
    "C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Application Data" (junction)
    C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\History (junction)
    ...and many many more

    I cannot imagine how a restored system partition image could work if these junctions and symlinks are not restored as well.

    Martin.
     
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    They are restored.

    If you restore утешку partition, physical data which is linked to symbol links & junction points will be also restored.

    IF all linked physical folders are on C:\ (as it is by default) there will be no issues.
     
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    Xarx Registered Member

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    Well, then back to my original question. If junctions ARE restored in Windows 7, why they are NOT restored in Windows XP? I checked that by making an XP system partition backup, and then tried to restore a part of it into a folder on another disk. (Both junction sources and targets were restored - at least I hope when thinking about it now. It was already several weeks ago.) Or are they restored only when restoring the whole partition?

    Thank you,
    Martin.
     
  9. Mech_An

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    Yes, only when entire partition is restored. Otherwise junction points will be linked to nothing.

    It is correct for Win7 too.
     
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