mklink [[/d] \| [/h] | [/j]] <Link> <Target>
|/d||Creates a directory symbolic link. By default, mklink creates a file symbolic link.|
|/h||Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.|
|/j||Creates a Directory Junction.|
|<Link>||Specifies the name of the symbolic link that is being created.|
|<Target>||Specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new symbolic link refers to.|
|/?||Displays help at the command prompt.|
Hard Link & Symbolic Link & Junction
Changing the file name does not affect hard links.
A file in the file system is basically a link to an inode. A hard link creates another file with a link to the same underlying inode. When deleting a file, it removes one link to the underlying inode. The inode is only deleted (or deletable/over-writable) when all links to the inode have been deleted.
Symbolic Link (Soft Link)
A symbolic link is a link to another name in the file system while being processed at the client side.
The system doesn’t follow symbolic links on remote volumes. Requires special privilege.
Same as a symbolic link but can point to remote filesystems.
Only requires access to the file system.