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.
JL Baldridge commented
I store nothing but ephemeral files on my C: (local) drive. All of my important business files are on a network drive which is mapped to H:. This product is useless to me.
Brian C commented
This is also a big problem for Business environments using Virtual Desktops as well and customizing local drive policies is not and option with our tight security.
Iain Hallam commented
So OneDrive doesn't work if its directory is on a network drive? I think you can customise the path of the OneDrive folder on a local drive - mine's on D:, for instance.
Not sure how it was in Windows 8.1 (I was on it less than a week before upgrading to Windows 10 TP), but in build 9860 OneDrive would allow the setting of an SD card folder as my OneDrive local folder. In build 9879, this functionality was broken, WHY?!? This is imperative for devices such as the Surface with limited storage, and I can't comprehend why that functionality would be removed. I also cannot understand why a network folder or a mapped network drive would not be allowed as the OneDrive local folder. Both of these features would be a great benefit for those with smallish hard drives or large amounts of data on OneDrive. Please return/add this functionality ASAP!!
Keith Bolton commented
In a School we would block access to C drive so that none of the users can alter the system files. In group policy C drive is hidden.
Being able to get OneDrive to use a H Drive would be great, that way users could see their data in school on a log on PC of via the one drive for business app on their iPads. Please can we have this feature ASAP
Mike Scala commented
A custom folder redirection policy via Group Policy might be able to solve this. If that is the case, you can probably have the default OneDrive location redirect to a place on a network share or a folder within a mapped drive.
That's just my thinking though. It could very well be not possible as I haven't needed to use Folder Redirection Policies, but it's an idea. I'd say try that out first, and if it doesn't work then update this thread so the OneDrive team knows it's something they need to look at on their end. Just keep in mind that whatever the case, this will increase local network use because the data will end up syncing from the network location to OneDrive via one extra hop thru the user's workstation, successfully doubling network utilization if I'm right. If you're using virtualized desktops & servers within the same host machine, then that might not matter as much.
I'm not sure I understand this request, other than the issue with default location of files. Specifically:
- The files that are being synced on the C:\ drive *are* backed up, that's what syncing is, essentially.
- Switching out the laptop is still simple, reconnect them to their OneDrive account, and the files will sync back up, done! The primary version of the files is *still* not on the C:\drive
- default file location may be a user experience issue, granted. Maybe you could place a shortcut (by script or policy) in the H: drive that points to the onedrive root? Seems like an easy workaround.