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.
This is OneDrive's biggest lacking feature. Please implement it. Backup programs from 20 years ago had this feature.
Richard Yates commented
I had a very hard time figuring out how OneDrive worked because I simply could not believe that it would sync only Documents, Desktop and Photos.
It is almost standard these days to have a boot drive and a separate data drive.
Wow, this idea was submitted 4 years ago and still nothing? Most competition has been able to do it for quite some time now. This should be a basic feature. Even from a marketing perspective it's just a poor decision not to implement it - as a customer, why would I pay for, say, a 1TB cloud space if my C drive is 100GB and therefore I can effectively use only less than 10% of the cloud space? Especially if there are competitors who offer the functionality.
Joshua Paul Gaces commented
As a multimedia artist is it essential for me to have my files sync from multiple drives.
Christian Stenner commented
Yes, this is a much-needed feature. Many competitors out there offer this functionality.
Ahmed Fayez commented
Totally absolutely agree. Since google drive already have this function easily in windows
Nek Muhammad Thaheem commented
this is a must feature for artists as we keep doing a lot of stuff and updating it every day. we need a feature to auto sync secondary drive folders.
it would enable me to manage an encrypted partition for document, and a un-encrypted one for data like project samples and presets that I need to have across the devices.
The thought of dragging all the files or even copying them to the OneDrive is doing my head in. Why is Microsoft taking its time to fix this?? You're lagging behind, while others are ahead of the game.
Please, please make us happy!!
There is a workaround to go to terminal and create directory junction (mklink /J). The sync will start only after restart. It is not a perfect solution but works great if you have small C: drive and want to sync large amounts of data from another drive.
Yes, please add the ability to sync to any folder on any drive. I've got a 1TB storage but 90% of it is on a D drive. So I can't use OneDrive, unless I want to manually copy files - which would defeat the purpose of having this.
When I put my secondary drive in my pc it thought it was onedrive. please fix this since i am not willing to use your trashy cloud service because i backup my stuff already
Mike Mason commented
Microsoft, this is a simple implementation that would make your customers vary happy. Why won't you just do it?
4 years nothing happened... switch to google drive.
I would be great if we have this feature, then one drive can be very useful
@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!