Sharing your Minecraft data folder on a dual boot system

I finally made the move to Windows 7 recently but have left my old HD connected so I can boot into it my old XP set up. Sometimes I like to play games that don’t work well with Windows 7. I can also get more from my gaming with XP as the OS has a smaller footprint leaving the RAM free for the games.

The problem is that Minecraft expects it’s data to be in your Application Data folder which is specific to your profile. I had Minecraft installed on both systems and therefore had two different data folders. I could just copy over the data folder to the New HD to continue playing n the worlds I had already created but I’d then have to copy it back if I played when playing in XP.

Initially I tried creating a standard shortcut to the minecraft folder on my XP disk but Minecraft didn’t recognise it and created its own. If only I could make a proper symbolic link to the data folder like in Linux….. Wait a minute…. I can! 🙂 Continue reading