Yes - similar, perhaps the same.
I knew nothing about these until very recently.
After much Googling, and almost as much forgetting, I have the impression that
"Reparse Points" is a generic term for various redirection objects;
"Hard Links" and "Folder Junctions" and "Symbolic Links" (Symlinks) are slightly different variants;
The Internet is a wonderful source of disinformation,
and "Hard Links" can sometimes be used as a name for Folder Junctions.
I think officially a "Hard Link" is like a crippled Folder junction.
They both do exactly the same if the repository target is on the same partition as this reparse point.
The Folder Junction (but not a Hard Link) is able to access repositories in other partitions.
Folder Junction appears to meet my needs, so I have not yet researched Symlinks, but somewhere I came across a suggestion that it is possible to access partitions on different physical drives.
I use the free version of xplorer2.
Some capabilities are restricted to the professional version,
but Folder Junctions are generously provided.
Useful references upon xplorer2 and Folder Junctions are available athttp://www.zabkat.com/blog/07Oct07.htmhttp://www.zabkat.com/blog/19Oct08-redirect-outlook-pst-folder.htm
Internet disinformation :-
I read that a Folder Junction in an NTFS partition can target a FAT32 folder.
Actually it can, but I found that the created Folder junction target was NOT accessible through the Folder Junction. Total waste of time and effort.
I assume that Windows XP is looking at this "folder" within an NTFS partition,
and goes mental when it finds the "contents" are in FAT32.
I have multiple partitions, both NTFS and FAT32.
I now know that a NTFS to FAT32 bridge collapses.
I will carefully test any NTFS to NTFS bridge if the two partitions have different cluster sizes - if it can go wrong it will - especially if M.$. is involved ! !