Originally Posted by nefg
If you delete a hardlink you delete the file to which it points also. If you delete a symbolic link, only the link is deleted and the linked file remains.
Not really. If you delete a hard link, the reference counter to the inode pointed to by that link is decreased by 1. When the reference count reaches zero the space taken up by the file is freed for other use. If you have multiple hard links to the same file, you must delete all of them for the file to go away.