JunctionMaster, Relocate Folders Without Path Changes

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 31, 2010
Updated • May 21, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

Have you ever 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 happened to me after migrating the operating system to a Solid State Drive with 80 Gigabytes of space. Problem was the gaming platform Steam was installed on the drive and Steam games could only be installed on the drive it was installed on.

I solved the issue with Steam Mover, a free application that would move contents from the main drive to another drive with the help of Junctions. That way it was possible to move some of the Steam games to different partitions without affecting the functionality of the games or Steam.

JunctionMaster is a new software that is currently offered as an alpha version which means it is at the beginning of the development.

The program offers similar options to relocate folders to other partitions or hard drives without changing the folder path.

Examples of where this may help:

  • 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

The program integrates into the Windows Explorer shell adding a new option to move and link the selected folder.

This opens a warning first and then a new window with options to select the new location of the selected folder.

create junction

A click on Move and Link in the window moves (not copies) the folder and its data to the new location and adds information at the old location that the folder has been moved. Windows and applications will follow the redirect to access the files and the folder.

JunctionMaster can be started from the start menu or its installation directory as well which opens a different interface which is solely used for finding and removing junctions from selected locations.

manage find junctions

JunctionMaster is provided as a 32-bit and 64-bit version at the developer website. The program itself is compatible with all Windows operating systems from Windows XP on plus Windows NT and Windows 2000.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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