Allow the mac version to install OneDrive folder at removable disk
A lot of macs have expensive and limited SSDs and it would be convenient to be able to put the OneDrive folder at a external drive.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Yes please allow us to do that!
I think they've done it: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/install-onedrive-on-an-external-drive-6307e24b-d7a4-493f-bf43-47345b2c11fe
(Note that the drive has to be APFS format)
Also, I use a Time Machine backup disk to not only backup my Mac's internal hard drive but also another external drive (use the exclusion list in the "Options" section of Time Machine). I put all of my files and folders in the the OneDrive sync folder, so all of my files and folders are backed up in the cloud, and I place the OneDrive sync folder on this second (it's a partition) drive. So, Time Machine backs up the OneDrive sync folder, and thus all of my files and folders. Ultimately, I have a computer with very much internal hard drive space; all of my files and folders backed up in the cloud; and all of my files and folders backed up on a physical external drive.
Definitely not working for a USB thumb drive. See my picture.
brian kwon commented
Hi. Please let me use onedrive with an external drive on macos. Thanks.
Guys can we install on external drive for mac or not yet?
I did a lot of tests: OneDrive on a separate drive works perfectly, even if APFS formatted. You can remove the drive and connect it again, OneDrive manages always the situation in the right way.
The only (small) detail is that when you reconnect the drive, the sync does not start automatically: a simple workaround is to pause synchronization and start it again.
My respect to OneDrive developers!
I will keep you informed if I will have further information to share.
I also don't understand... it is possible to set the OneDrive folder where you want (from Users tab).
The problem is that any time I restart my Mac it starts again syncing, some times for hours...
I asked Microsoft support but they simply do not know anything...
I don't know why this is still active, I have OneDrive installed on an external.
I did have to first set it up in the default location then delete the folder and when it asks where it is, set the new one on the external. Hard drive needs to be formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Michael Doiron commented
Hello ... is anyone listening at Microsoft???? It shouldn't take 3.5 years to think about something. Will you provide a solution or not? Ignoring your constituents is not a great strategy.
It's been 4 years, please solve this issue soon! What's the point of having a cloud data storage if it's just going to take space on my Mac...??!? SMH.
Michele Beltrame commented
This feature is FUNDAMENTAL to me, otherwise I'll need to switch to a different service. Which is bad, as I love OneDrive.
Einte Visser commented
Definitely need this feature. MacBook air with 128 and OneDrive for Business with 1TB is useless now...!
make the **** use of external ssd for onedrive
Shove off commented
Dropbox allows it, why would you use OneDrive?
PLEASE do this
I just bought a Mac with 128gb hard drive
this is REALLY important to me
the workaround is going to get old quickly
SSD drives are laptop standard. Fast but small. My data sync needs are significantly but not massively larger than my internal drive. Currently OneDrive is useless.
Selective sync? No good.
I can not use OneDrive with a external disk, I will move to another solution
Shankara Dash Shivagana commented
"Thanks for the suggestion" = "we've already decided not to do this." Time to move on to another solution.
Would be great, would let me use the app on my case-sensitive Mac !
After reading through the comments, I have come to the conclusion that MS is not capable of implementing this change. They do not have the competent programmers the Box, Google, iCloud or what ever has.
MS does not have to do anything in the suggestions, businesses still pay them no matter what and the end-users don't matter.
The Fact that this problem still exists for the last four years shows the apathy MS has for their customers, they closed the original comments sections and started a new one (this one) how long until this one goes away so they can ignore it as well.
@Jason Moore probably is long gone from MS so that is why he is thinking of it in 2016 and this is 3 yrs later and still nothing.
No ability to use Symbolic links or have a removable drive be a OneDrive folder is so 1999.
The fact that there are probably a 100 different posts on file names ( I know not this post) is another issue. read through the various links and you will see a bunch out there for this issue (one dive install locations / links, and hundreds more file names.
Common MS get with Y2k and make this more like your competitors products. A product that works. If I wasn't forced by my company to use this product I wouldn't.
That said, if this was a GOOD product maybe I would spend my own money on it and get a subscription instead of Box, or use my FREE google drive space.
Jason Moore- you still out there - MS anybody home????