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I agree with the other commenters that this seems to be a strange design decision.
I have recently purchased a very mainstream laptop which comes specifically with a fast C: drive for OS/programs and a larger 1TB D: drive for data (the drives are even pre-labelled "OS" and "DATA" to reinforce this regime).
I have also just purchased Microsoft 365, not only for the applications, but also to enable backups of the D: drive to OneDrive.
But while setting up OneDrive, I now discover that it is incapable of backing up up my D: drive directly! This is such an obvious use case, as supported by Google Drive, etc., that it didn't occur to me when purchasing Microsoft 365 to check if this feature might be missing for some obscure reason.
I suspect many others are, like me, feeling somewhat cheated by this OneDrive omission. It's not like we're trying to do anything unusual - our laptops were designed to segregate data exactly this way. I will now have to resort to messy manual workarounds (life is short) or revert to Google Drive and waste my investment in OneDrive. I am not best pleased, as I'm sure you can imagine.
So please will you catch up with your competitors and prioritise the ability to backup from alternate drives AND from other folders using OneDrive. Thank you.