Update 'OneDrive for Business' to sync with a network drive
OneDrive for Business currently only syncs with a directory on the C:\ drive.
In a Business environment, users have a personal drive (called H:\ drive here) where they store documents and data.
Please make OneDrive for Business sync a directory in the H:\ drive.
This is the default data drive for users - so it's where they expect to start a navigation to a file. Seriously, who (in a business environment) stores data on C:\ drive where it isn't backed up?
This also makes it easy to switch out a laptop for a new one. Nothing is on the c:\drive.
When a business has thousands of laptops, this stuff makes a big difference.
Thanks for the suggestion – it’s definitely a valid scenario. Being transparent we’ve got other engineering priorities right now and so won’t be able to address this in the short term. We’ll revisit this scenario once our short to mid-term feature investments are delivered.
here is the work around and it works perfect.
Open the Command Prompt as an administrator. Then type the following command:
mklink /D C:\LinkName \NetworkLocation\LocationName
This will create a "symbolic link" on Drive C called "LinkName", which will link to "LocationName" on "\NetworkLocation". Windows will of course know that this is a symbolic link, but will treat it as if it was a folder on the local drive. All applications will treat this symbolic link as a local resource.
Hope this helps.
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Wow, I can't believe this is not fixed yet! This is supposed to be a business app. Nobody in a business stores files on the C:\ drive.
Sebastian Rösch commented
I tried mounting the SD Card in a folder on C:\, which allows me to use it as a OneDrive folder, but then I can't sync all my folders because OneDrive complains about the remaining space on drive C:\ not being enough to sync the files, even if the SD Card is almost empty.
Master B commented
This is not very business-friendly, Microsoft does everything to go cloud, but it still thinks windows3.1 as in "MY documents", this is mainly one of those strategies where Microsoft is not thinking together with it's customers, again, shame shame shame..
btw Reuben Krippner, about those short to midterm investments, solving (rather small) issues like these should have Microsoft's fully attention and highest priority, as we all ARE that investment...
When Google drive and others (Box.com, maybe dropbox) can do this, Onedrive needs to step up. Really frustrated, especially with how Onedrive works in Win 10.
Peter Nickson commented
This should be highest priority.
Simon Dekar commented
forgot so post a link :)
Simon Dekar commented
Have you tried using these instructions?
I have, but i'm having huge problems with synchronization...
OneDrive sucks... it is useless for advanced users.
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Amazed that onedrive business doesn't sync to a network drive!?!?!?! If you're thinking about getting office 365 so that you can work on all your files wherever you are, and store your files in the office on a network drive... then don't bother. You have to have a local copy of your files to sync with one drive... i know, crazy right!!!
We have systems where multiple users log into the same system (computer lab environment). As mentioned by others we cannot turn on syncing because the C: will quickly fill up, and as the users log into different systems in the lab, their files will be sync to multiple computers which is a large waste of resources.
RNGhatesme - no point is not original souce issue point is data location cannot be on C drive. I agree Onedrive sort it out!!! Does not matter that files are on cloud, users save to network share. Data is there .. Maybe a symbolic link??
Rod Fuller commented
I agree. This seems like a no-brainer to me. 'My Documents' redirection has been around since Windows 95. The intent being that users don't store stuff locally. Therefore, the local PC doesn't need a large hard drive. Now, with storage increasing by leaps and bounds, the average user stores huge amounts of data on the network. To push it back to the PC when the trend has been to put smaller drives in PCs/laptops is nuts. I am the CTO for a large real estate company. I have a laptop with a 280G drive, of which 40G is free. If I move all my content to my PC, I'll have to put a larger drive in it. This means that our investment in OneDrive just went up a heck of a lot more than we originally estimated.
Matt Brunton commented
Cloud Drive Mapper from IAM Cloud works really well for many users. This allows drive letters to be used for ODFB and SPO libraries. It works for customers using ADFS or native O365 authentication.
Sue Jeffries commented
Same issue here, school environment, all documents saved directly to H drive. Having issue of some teachers moving to OneDrive for Business but having hard drives fill up.
OneDrive needs to have the ability to Sync NAS folders/files. Why should I be made to have a copy of a directory on my local drive to get it synced to the OneDrive Cloud Storage? Come on guys this is 2015 and changes to allow NAS Devices needs to be considered.
Peter Ooms commented
I have the same request: running in a school environment with lots of roaming users. To have Onedrive sync to local PC's would overrun the local storage capacity pretty fast and the continuous required syncing for every new station would overload the network/Internet connection.
Allowing a sync to a network folder would solve this issue.