Tip - Use Old School Network Drive Mapping to see All OneDrive Files and Folders

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by jnjroach, Aug 1, 2015.

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  1. jnjroach

    jnjroach Technology Strategist Super Moderator

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    One of the biggest complaints about Windows 10 is its implementation of OneDrive selective syncing and removing place holders, using old school drive tools you can have a workable solution (require connectivity and may slow down initial logins as it reconnects).

    We're going to map a network drive using your OneDrive user GUID (long string of alpha numeric character that is unique to your MSA) from file explorer:

    First - Use IE and go to your OneDrive site and open any folder, and the URL you'll see https://onedrive.live.com/?id=GUID%Long String of numbers

    Second - Copy the GUID (everything between = and %)

    Third - Open Explorer and navigate to "This PC"

    Fourth - Map a Network Drive


    Fifth - Follow the prompts:


    Make sure the Folder is https://d.docs.live.net/GUID That you copied before/

    Also, make sure you have the 2 boxes checked and you will be prompted to enter you Microsoft Account Info, when prompted make sure you Check the box to remember you credentials

    Depending on your internet speed the initial opening of the folder may take a minute or so...

    You can right click the Mapped Drive and rename it from the URL (I named my OneDrive)

    Now you have your full OneDrive Folder Content that you can Pin to Quick Access, these are all online only and will not be accessible without an internet connection.
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  2. wataru

    wataru Scribbler - Standard Member

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    This is also my favorite trick back when I used Surface RT.

    Another way to do this is to browse to Onedrive using desktop Office app.

    For example, you can open Onenote - Open - OneDrive - Browse, from the address bar in the open file dialog, you can copy the address 'https://d.docs.live.net/GUID' and map it to network drive or location in explorer.

    You may also enable offline files and synchronization via Sync Center, but I haven't found a way to do it yet.
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