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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

OneDrive Usage Tips and Tricks

Microsoft's 365 Component, OneDrive cloud storage service is a huge convenience because it keeps your files synced across devices and backed up onto the internet. Since both OneDrive and Teams are using SharePoint as their backend to store files, it is quite confusing when to use OneDrive, Teams and SharePoint when starting to store your files. Here are some clarification for this question and some usage tips and tricks relating to OneDrive.

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OneDrive vs Teams vs SharePoint vs Blob Storage

OneDrive    SharePoint    Teams
Personal    Team & Whole Company   Team
Private until you explicitly sharedSharedShared
One Document Library at SharePoint Multiple Document LibrariesOne Document Library, but multiple channels
Files in My Documents and LocalFiles on File ServersFiles on File Servers

  • OneDrive : Personal Usage - My Documents - Shows everything files and folders - Store/Sharing files and folders
  • Teams : For a team - Servers - small sets files / folders from SharePoint - more apps (chat, tasks, meetings, notes, polls, etc) to do all others things relating files. 
  • SharePoint : Whole Organization - Servers - Show sites, pages, list, documents,  - Content management, Store files, collaborate and publishing over sties

  • Blob Storage - Azure Files : Large files, not organized structure data. 

Sync Any Local Folder to OneDrive

1 Open a command prompt.

2 Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter

mklink /j "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Folder Name" "Full path of source folder"
Note: Folder name should not exist in OneDrive, else the command will fail with an error "Cannot create a file when that file already exists."

For Example (Default OneDrive location has been moved to D:\): 
C:\Users\51sec>mklink /j "D:\OneDrive - Technology\OneDrive - 51sec\Software" "K:\Software"
Junction created for D:\OneDrive - Technology\OneDrive - 51sec\Software <<===>> K:\Software

3 The source folder (ex: "F:\Example Folder") will now be synced with your OneDrive (ex: "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Example Folder"). Anything you copysave, and delete in either of these two folders will also be applied to the other folder. (see screenshots below)

If you want to undo this junction point and stop syncing the source folder with your OneDrive, you would only delete the folder (ex: "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Example Folder") in your OneDrive folder. This will not delete the source folder (ex: "F:\Example Folder"), but will also delete it from your online OneDrive.

Change OneDrive Local Location

1 Right click the OneDrive taskbar icon and select Settings. Select settings

2 Click the Unlink OneDrive button under the Account tab. A login screen appears, but you should ignore it for now. Click Unlink OneDrive

3  Launch File Explorer. Navigate to and select the OneDrive folder. Unless you moved it previously, it is probably directly under your C:\Users\[your username]\ (ex: C:\Users\Avram) folder. Select OneDrive

4  Click the Move to button on the Home tab. Select Move to and Select Choose location.

5  Select the new location and click Move. If you're moving the folder to another drive, select the drive letter. Click Move. Depending on the size of the folder, it may take a few minutes to move.
6  Enter your email address into the OneDrive app window. Select Personal if prompted to decide why you're signing in. Select Personal. Enter your password and click Sign in.

7  Click "Change location." Navigate to the location where you moved the OneDrive folder and click Select Folder.

8  Click Next in the OneDrive window. Select which folders to sync (or sync all) and click Next.

9  Click Open my OneDrive folder or close the window. Your OneDrive folder has been successfully moved.


Increase OneDrive Space from 1T to 5T or More

Log into Microsoft 365 admin center using an admin account. 

Admin centers ->All admin centers -> OneDrive

Or directly from this link:

Change default (mininum) storage in GB from 1024 to 5120 for 5T space.

If 5T is still not enough, there are some other ways to upgrade to 25T for your account based on some Internet posts. You can find one post how to do this 25T upgrade from references section. 


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