Allow backup of files from multiple drives to the OneDrive
This seems to be such a fundamental functionality and so many are in a similar situation so I'm posting in hopes that Microsoft will consider a new feature request.
I have a laptop with a small Solid state drive with 50 Gb of data I'd like to back up to OneDrive. When I'm home I dock my laptop and have an external drive with 500 Gb of data I'd like to back up to OneDrive. It doesn't help to change the folder of my OneDrive backup as I need both folders backed up. They can't be combined. I also don't want my OneDrive to complain the folder (of my external hard drive) can't be found when I'm not docked at home.
Yes!! Office website says I can back up "important files" -- my important files are on an external drive, need to archive to OneDrive!
Simple answer is to create a symbolic link in your OneDrive directory pointing to the file you need on any other drive.
Use "cmd" with admin privileges:
Right-click Windows, Run, then type cmd and ctrl-shift-enter
mklink /d "C:\Users\yourname\OneDrive\XXX" "D:\YYY"
where yourname is your directory in Users
and D: is your other drive
and XXX is the directory name you want to call it in OneDrive
and YYY is the directory you want to link to.
Now you will see your YYY directory contents displayed in XXX directory inside your OneDrive.
Be careful how you treat it in OneDrive though:
If you simply delete the subdirectory XXX, the link disappears and the YYY on the D: drive stays intact. Very good.
BUT, if you delete any subdirectories inside XXX, then the corresponding directories in YYY will ALSO be deleted. Be careful!
I experimented before committing my YYY to such treatment, just to be sure, by copying a few subdirectories into a Test directory on D: and then linking symbolically and seeing what happened in OneDrive, the Cloud etc when moving, deleting etc. I was happy!
I also need multiple drives backed up. I am so disappointed. Please fix this. Until then I will just use one company for one thing and another for another and a third for yet another, But it would be so nice to use one and pay for the extra sstorage space.
It is ridiculous that Onedrive does not have this feature already in place. Please allow your paying customers to have automatic backup of folders on different physical drives.
I agree with all of you ! Same issue: 1 128GB SSD for OS & applications and OneDrive folder and 1TB for documents, photo etc....and I have to choose the one I want to backup. I've tried to drag&drop most of the folders from the 1TB to the OneDrive folder....and finally I got the message "not enough space on the folder"....which is obvious... What a shame....because the web interface is nice and very easy to use to retrieve documents (with preview for photos etc..).
No answer, and asked more than a year ago? WTH is up with that? I do audio recording and I want to back up my external hard drive to OneDrive. Can't do it? Can I? I don't know because they haven't answered yet. Pffffff...
I have 1TB on OneDrive. My C: drive is an SSD and is 240GB ( 2x 120 GB with RAID for speed). I also have a standard hard drive of 1TB. I want to sync some folders of my 1TB drive for offsite backup. If I move the OneDrive folder to the 1TB drive I lose speed of access for files I use every day.
Microsoft - please explain why you do not support this.
Kidding me? Paid for 1tb of OneDrive space. Have 2 SSD's (total 750mb) on my laptop. Searched for 2 hours to locate guide to backing up both drives on my OneDrive. Finally found the above informing me that we can only back up one physical drive to a OneDrive account. Incredibly poor way to deal with customers, MSFT!!
Giacomo Rebonato commented
This feature is important also in this scenario of mine.
I took photographs for work.
I am backing up and syncing 1TB hard drive, but someday I will fill it and start a new one.
I would like to connect it to the same laptop and start the backup in a new cloud folder.