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How can we improve OneDrive on Mac?

Sync via symbolic links

In Dropbox I just create bunch of symbolic links to my Downloads, Documents & Desktop folders so that my stuffs will be safe with me always.

Looking for the similar treatment from OneDrive too :p


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  • Eric Chang commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dropbox supported it.
    Google One supported It.
    and Microsoft OneDrive ? .......... no for now

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just make Onedrive compatible with iCloud! MS can do it because Onedrive for Business is compatible with iCloud.

    What I mean is that when you install your "Onedrive for business" folder in the macOS iCloud folder, then all folders in it sync to both icloud as well as onedrive.

    If you do this with ondrive (personal) the ondrive folder and subfolders don't sync to icloud.

    Let's have ondrive behave like ondrive for business on macOS. Thanks.

  • Thomas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is such an old thread and they’re still no solution. Shame on you, Microsoft!

  • TGBX commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    No, no, no, no, no. DON"T do symbolic links. Just give it the capability of targeting native, default folders. Syncplicity, for example, can do this. Symbolic links can be a problem. If they become invalid, the OS gets into a panic and you end up jamming up login and other processes, applications generate errors and so on. Users shouldn't have to know how to create a symbolic link to use capability like this.

  • Raymond DeGennaro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The only thing that prevents OneDrive from being literally 100% useless is that it's needed to work-around the crippling of OneNote by excluding the use of local export. Between the lack of support for all legal Mac Filenames and the need for everything to be under the OneDrive folder, I really can't use OneDrive for much of anything.

    There is no reason for this. Symbolic Links and Aliases have been part of the macOS for almost 20 years. Aliases had been part of the Mac Classic since System 7 (1991) and symbolic links part of *nix since the '80s. Google Drive and DropBox have no troubles following symbolic links.

  • benjamin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's really a blocker for me too as it's preventing me from syncing with my NAS

  • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If symbolic links too hard, please can we add folders from anywhere on the OS?

    My personal issue is I have about 40,000 files organised for pro-audio applications like Logic and Ableton Live. If I move the root folder to a new Onedrive folder, all my songs break as the file paths for samples have moved. It would take me weeks to remap everything.

    I'm using Dropbox with symbolic links but I'd rather just use my Onedrive but this is a deal breaker.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It works but only sync files when OneDrive started or when file was alerted at another computer which has it directly in OneDrive folder.

  • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed. Symbolic links would ensure we do not have to move and redirect most of the folders in user land.

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