To enable folders from different hard drives.
If you have more than one hard drive in your system. I'd like to option to add that folder to the sync process instead of coping it over to the OneDrive folder. That way, every added file to that folder on separate hard drive will be synced.
@Debanjan Ray: This is just a list of workarounds, not a solution.
Debanjan Ray commented
The problem is solved.
a. First, you need to see what is your drive structure. I have 3 drives C, D and E (C & D are SSD partition, and D is internal HDD SATA) . But you may have only 2 drives C and D.
b. Suppose you do not want all of laptop data to be synched with OneDrive web, but only a partial data, you can drag and drop a folder into OneDrive folder. The folder, in this case, will be moved from your original source to the destination OneDrive. Though this is a very quick method to do so, I do not like this method, because your original hierarchical arrangement of folder structure is disturbed.
In the above method, there is a big disadvantage if OneDrive is installed in C drive. You need to move the complete data into C drive, which I consider as a risky. Data should always remain in a drive other than C, where OS is placed.
c. A better way to do is that you can create folder hierarchy of your choice and create a link. Here is how:
d. For me, One drive folder is created here: D:\OneDrive - Siemens Healthcare GmbH.
e. Now inside that folder I create two more folders: "D-drive" and "E-drive". Note that, I have created these two drives from the explorer which appears at the top i.e. above "This PC", and not what appears under "D:\OneDrive - Siemens Healthcare GmbH". If you directly go to "D:\OneDrive - Siemens Healthcare GmbH" under D drive, you may not notice creation of any folder at all.
f. Suppose my original folder which I want to backup is D:\officedata\IT-asset ( I have other folders under "officedata", which I do not want to backup), I create a officedata folder in the D-drive location under D-drive i.e. D:\OneDrive - Siemens Healthcare GmbH\D-drive\officedata.
g. Next step is to create a linked folder named as "IT-asset" inside D:\OneDrive - Siemens Healthcare GmbH\D-drive\officedata
h. Creating a linked folder has to be done in command promt. Open the command prompt in adminstrator mode i.e. from Windows search button, type "command prompt", and right click the searched "command prompt" to select administrator mode.
i. In command prompt, give command:
mklink /d <"target location with full path where to synch"> <"source location with full path where from it needs to be synched">
In the above example I gave a command:
mklink /d "D:\OneDrive - Siemens Healthcare GmbH\D-drive\officedata\IT-asset" "D:\officedata\IT-asset"
You shall get a message that symbolik link is created. You can also observe that in the OneDrive that IT-asset link
Ellen Keefe commented
Absolutely agree. My C drive is unstable so was using larger HDs; Backed everything up on One Drive and then found out I couldn't sync them!!! Had to move everything back to C drive and now concerned about crash before it's fixed.
Same - C: SSD 256GB - family photos from last 18 years >dont want to fill C drive with static data and slow down boot up speed. Could should be a central repository and map over multiple machines/drives/folders
Agreed! This is my single biggest complaint about onedrive!
_FULLY_ agree. I want to select exactly which folders (possibly on multiple drives) that I want to synchronize.
Dave Jensen commented
The competitor Google Drive has this feature. Google Drive allows you to arbitrarily sync any folder on your system not just one root *Drive folder.
It is most wanted function. I pay for 365 subscription and can't use its feature as can't copy all data i want to my c:\ disk with one drive folder. I have 256GB on this drive and 600 GB on disk D that would like to put to cloud. This feature is present in competitors solution. Why not in OneDrive?
We really need this!
I was trying to make this happen and thought that I was missing something. This needs to be fixed.
with modern laptops and pc multiple drives are common i have a ssd and a hard drive and i can only sync folders from just 1 drive i think it is necesary to have OneDrive been able to sync folders from any drive, and you have discontinued the use of symbolic links also.
we all need to backup multiple folders from multiple drives.
I totally agree with this proposal it is very annoying that you always have to copy your files to C: onedrive. If this is not going to be altered I move to other and better options, which have this facility.
I tried to solve this by creating a junction with mklink to make a folder upload to OneDrive, which is physically located on another disk. It works, but this may lead to a negative amount of disk space available in the dialog where you select the folders to be synced. And when this happens, you cannot press OK to confirm the changes.
Please, please allow this! Agree, what's the point of having 10TB if it has to be on one drive?? Many people will have critical files on SSD C: drive and would like to move photos, music, videos to larger D: drive.Currently this is impossible.
Cindy K. commented
I need this! My OneDrive files now total almost 1TB, and it is on a 1TB drive. I am going to have to go buy another, larger drive to move all of my OneDrive files to, when I would rather be able to move just the Pictures folder to another drive and still be synced to my online OneDrive. What good is 10TB of storage space on OneDrive (that I got as an Office 365 subscriber) if I have to have it all on one physical drive?
My computer currently has six 1TB hard drives. I do a lot of PC gaming and I keep my operating system on a dedicated harddrive for maximal OS performance. They need to make it so you can select and backup any folder for any drive. Maybe make this a paid feature for Basic plans. Because I would love to back up each one of my games configuration files. Because right now I'm forced to move each individual file into the onedrive folder. Very annoying. Not to mention they'll never be updated :(
I second this. I do not have a drive that is big enough to store all my folders offline.