Enable multiple sync folders or syncing behind junction points/symbolic links.
With theoretical "ulimited" storage now being offered, maybe its time to look over how people will be using the software to make use of this. I find it practically impossible to sync or upload the files from my local server which are housed on 5 seperate physical harddrives. Can you please implement possibility to use several onedrive sync folders, syncing behing junctions or symb. links, or a different solution to support the "unlimited" storage which you sell.
Maybe FTP would be a good easy way to start.
Thanks for the suggestion. Just being transparent that we aren’t likely to do this in the near term.
One point to note: symlinks seem to work fine - but if your total storage exceeds the capacity of the drive that OneDrive is on, then everything goes haywire. That could be why this works for some people and not others. It's a simple solution from OneDrive, but I'm not holding my breath and it makes me very sad since I have two small SSDs and I can't get them all synced simply because I can't get it all onto one drive. It's not even a matter of preference - I just can't fit it all.
It's being almost 3 year, is this long term enough? Can we have such a basic feature?
I created junctions for network drives for our file server to sync with One DriveFor Business. What is odd is the initial sync of files was normal a few minutes for over 250GB of files. From that point any new/updated files would take 45+ minutes to sync out to OneDrive for Business. I reached out to our Office 365 support and spoke with them and Microsoft on this issue. Microsoft said they do not support the mklink and we should use SharePoint.
I will say that click and drag or copy paste any new files to One Drive for Business and the files synced without issue in a few seconds.
So I've always thought I had way too many files in my OneDrive, or that I was constantly creating and deleting projects and the sync client couldn't keep up, but I do use junctions to keep a cloud copy handy 24/7. +1 on this as well, please bring back junction/symlink support.
Delete Me commented
After a couple years of happily and successfully using junction points to network drives with OneDrive, it is suddenly demised without any advance warning. So now we have to migrate a heap of users to an alternate cloud storage provider. "Disappointed" is not an adequate word.
I was successfully and extensively using symlinks / reparse points with OneDrive from early 2016 up until early April 2017 without any trouble at all; it was wonderful. Support for this very useful capability seems to have been removed as of one of the latest clients. The 'Choose Folders' [to sync] dialogue in the OneDrive client settings doesn't even list symlinks anymore, this was clearly an intentional change.
It would be nice if at the least concrete and definitive documentation was available to let us know what is and is not being supported in various versions of the software. Why the development team would *choose* to eliminate such a useful feature is completely beyond understanding.
Jared Pickerell - Troy USD 429 commented
As Chris stated below, this does indeed seem to be working with the current Windows sync client. I have been creating Symbolic Links from my teacher's network mapped/redirected Documents folder on our server to a folder in their OneDrive for Business.
It is back.
I have my OneDrive folder on drive C and my Music folder on drive M. I made a mklink folder in OneDrive and now OneDrive uploads all the music from M. 80 GB.
Benjamin Amadon commented
I miss this feature too to sync files from my NAS
lack of support for this has made me go for dropbox pro. I have 500GB of data over three drives, the point is to keep them on separate drives!
Benjamin Amadon commented
I'm clearly waiting for sym link
Richard Davey commented
I want to define my Cloud storage structure in the OneDrive folder with Junction Points which target data folders.
More OneDrive support for Junction Points - I long for it.
Plus 1 for this request
watch out. OneDrive apparently creates a virtual folder under user\OneDrive and It already existed when i setup OneDrive again using a brand new OneDrive folder. OneDrive was kind enough to link the two together and when i went to delete the contents of User\OneDrive it deleted everything in both folders. If it were not for my offline backups this would have been catastrophic.
Tharrick Lawson commented
Fully agree. I have 1tb of Onedrive storage I'd like to use, and a lot of files I'd like to be able to back up to the cloud, but having to physically move them to a different drive makes this impossible.
Griffin Peter commented
This one really bites, as I shell cash to both MS (I like OneDrive) AND DropBox. I can't and won't move my 100G D:\Images to my 64G C:\ where Windows scratches.
I know OneDrive can't detect changes through junctions, but DropBox does a manual patrol to detect changes the old fashioned way. Why can't you?
Add an option. I'd even take a 24h patrol.
Heck, even a startup patrol, I'll kill the sync engine myself.
Mark Morgan commented
OneDrive used to follow junctions / links created within the Windows OneDrive folder and back up the target file / directory content. Support for this was removed at some point. This was a very useful feature and still works in DropBox and Google Drive.
My Microsoft Surface has 64 GB of hard drive space, this is made usable by a 128 GB microSD which I rely on for everyday storage. OneDrive is totally useless for people in this sort of situation as I can only sync one drive or the other.
This shortcoming makes Onedrive completly useless for serious work with larger files.