Mapping OneDrive as Network Drive in Windows 10

Mapping OneDrive As Network Drive In Windows 10

One of the biggest advantages of using OneDrive is its amazing feature called placeholders. This feature allows the OneDrive client on your Windows machine to show all the files and folders in the cloud, and when you try to open a file, it will be instantly downloaded from the cloud. However, this feature was removed in Windows 10.

That being said, this feature might return in the upcoming RedStone build. Until then, if you are someone who loves the OneDrive placeholder feature, then you can simulate that kind of behaviour by simply adding OneDrive as a network drive in Windows.

This is a good way as you don’t have to sync each and every file on your local machine, yet you can access all the files with just a click or two as if they are in your local storage. This approach also works with Windows 7.

Map OneDrive as a Network Drive in Windows

To map OneDrive as a network drive in Windows, you need your unique OneDrive account ID. To get that log in to your OneDrive account, and in the browser address bar you will see your unique account ID. It will be something like https://onedrive.live.com/?id=root&cid=xxxxxxxxxxx.

onedrive-unique-id

Open some sort of text editor, copy the below URL and replace “yourUniqueID” with the ID you see in the OneDrive URL. We are going to need this unique URL to map OneDrive.

Once you have the unique URL, open File Explorer using the keyboard shortcut “Win + E,” select the “Computer” tab and then select the option “Map Network Drive.”

onedrive-select-map-network-drive

The above action will open the Map Network Drive window. Here, select the drive letter of your choice, enter the unique URL that you created earlier in the Folder field and click on the “Finish” button to continue.

onedrive-network-drive-url

As soon as you press the Finish button, Windows starts the connection attempt.

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Once the connection is successful, you will be asked to enter the username and password. Before clicking on the “OK” button, don’t forget to select the “Remember my credentials” checkbox so that you don’t have to enter your username and password each and every time you need to access the network drive.

Note: if you are using two-factor authentication, you should use the app-specific password rather than your regular account password. You can generate the app-specific password using this link.

onedrive-username-password

You’ve successfully added OneDrive as a network drive in Windows. Don’t worry about the disk usage stats on the network drive, as it is simply mirroring your C drive stats.

onedrive-network-drive-added

From this point on, you can access your OneDrive account and all its files and folders directly from your File Explorer, and you don’t have to worry about losing space by syncing all the files.

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If you think the default name of the OneDrive network drive is a bit boring, then you can rename it. To do that, simply right-click on the drive and select the option “Rename,” and enter your new drive name.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to add OneDrive as a network drive in Windows.

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11 comments

  1. Very useful. Is it possible to do the same thing with Google Drive and Dropbox?

  2. Great little hack!
    Thx for the tip!

  3. Very nice! Thanks for the tip.

  4. Aweomse. heeheh

  5. What about Onedrive for Business?

  6. Excellent tut thxs .
    I echo John H’s question .
    Sync with Multiple providers is a headache due to the fact you have to hold the files to sync them . Anyone got any hacks for Googledrive , MEGA, Degoo or any of the free large storage providers? I use odrive (Free)which syncs a lot plus MEGA plus a couple of others .
    I don’t want multiple sync tools running nor do I want the data on my local HD (the cost of freebies atm). I want to create backups across multiple free servers with drag and drop ideally. What you have done with mapping OneDrive would be great to be able to do to any provider.

    1. You can connect to multiple providers – both OneDrive and OneDrive for business – as well as many other cloud services, with a product called WebDrive. WebDrive maps a network drive to these services that exactly mimics a LAN drive (you could shell out to a command prompt and access the drive letter if you were inclined to do so). You can automate backups to these sites without the sync requirement. Full disclosure: I work for the vendor of this product. Promotion aside, it does do exactly what you are looking to do, so I felt it would add to the discussion to mention it here. It’s not free, so if that is a requirement, WebDrive would not meet that criteria. Hope this helps.

  7. If you have Two-step verification make sure you generate an app password, regular password does not work.

  8. after i enter my username and password i get this error: windows cannot Access https://d.docs.live.net/MY cid
    error code: 0x80070043

  9. This is a great idea, especially for a few of the people in my UserGroup who have sadly bought notebooks with about 5Gb free on the SSD. Some got a onedrive deal for 100Gb for two years to sweeten the lack of hard drive space. However as they are users of the “third Age” the simpler this could be utilised the better.

    Having “tested” this on my own lap top every time I restart or log on for the first time “windows Security” box for the username and password insists on adding “MicrosoftAccount” in front of my username preventing logging on. If I delete that part and just leave username it works great.

    Any one any ideas on fixing this?

  10. Very useful. The problem is that its full with 113GB of data, even when your online folder is empty. The total amount of space in the mapped drive is 193GB only, while my online storage is 1TB. Many showed the solution above, but none noticed that problem with size. It is impossible to transfer files via mapped drive because of lack of space, then. You need to upload on line, and then access using the mapped drive.

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