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  • I have two separate drives a small C: SSD to run the operating system and other programs, and a regular D: hard drive to store the bulk of their content.

    I want to sync OneDrive for business but the C: drive does not have sufficient capacity.

    I can find instructions on how to change the folder location to my D drive. Information is available for OneDrive, not OneDrive for Business

    Here are the right click options for OneDrive for Business

    Can any one offer advice please


    Richard Young

    Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:20 AM

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  • I also am interested in this. I need to change the location of the OneDrive for business folder. Why?

    I need to place the data in an encrypted, mounted partition. If someone steals the physical drive or has access to it, they can't see my data without knowing my encryption password.

    The software I use for this is TrueCrypt.

    Please help. Thank you!

    Sunday, March 23, 2014 4:25 PM
  • Hi,

    Please refer to the following article which described the steps to change the sync location of OneDrive for Business:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-in/support/change-the-location-where-you-sync-sharepoint-libraries-on-your-computer-HA102893480.aspx

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    Steve Fan
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, March 24, 2014 5:01 AM
  • This worked for me - after following steps in the video folders are syncing.

    Thanks for the help


    Richard Young



    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:09 AM
  • Hi Steve,

    I tried this procedure but the changed location only works once. Any subsequent share point site i want to sync, point to the original folder. How can i change that?

    Monday, April 14, 2014 10:10 PM
  • Hi Steve,

    I tried this procedure but the changed location only works once. Any subsequent share point site i want to sync, point to the original folder. How can i change that?

    Same with me.
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:02 AM
  • Hi Steve,

    I tried this procedure but the changed location only works once. Any subsequent share point site i want to sync, point to the original folder. How can i change that?


    I have the same problem trying to synchronise SharePoint and Onedrive.  With the first library I can select a different location.  For the second library I cannot change the default location.
    Monday, April 21, 2014 7:26 AM
  • Hi Steve,

    I tried this procedure but the changed location only works once. Any subsequent share point site i want to sync, point to the original folder. How can i change that?

    This is a problem that has been driving me nuts so far. I need all my various SharePoint libraries sync to a folder which is different from the default folder. However, for the first library, I am able to set the folder on which I want to sync, but any subsequent Sync results in the default location "C:\users\username" being chosen instead of the one I had selected for the first library.


    Monday, April 21, 2014 3:20 PM
  • i have the same trouble - it only changes it for the first Sync all next sync go to C:\users\username again....

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:45 PM
  • i have found a workaround with symbolic Link

    My 2n Disk (Target) ist X:\

    create X:\SharePoint

    create a symbolic Link under C:\Users\Username\...

              mklink /d SharePoint X:\SharePoint

    sync the first OneDrive for buisness by Change the Target to C:\Users\Username\SharePoint

    Result - all Sync data is on my X:\SharePoint Folder...

    I hope this helps you

    • Proposed as answer by IsAnDo Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:39 PM
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:10 PM
  • I have the same trouble too... if the setting only work for the first time, might as well don't let the user to change in the first place...

    When I click for "Open your OneDrive for Business Folder" it leads me to the first folder, while all my others share point folders are in the default folder.

    Obviously this is a simple bug, but important bug that driving people nuts!!!

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:11 AM
  • I am already a long time annoyed that you cannot change the location by policy or registry tweak.

    but now like already mentioned, since the latest update of onedrive it is even gotten worse and you just can change the first sync. All following take the default location and the button change path is not shown anymore.

    Why we want to redirect?

    - space of the c: drive

    - our c: drive is hidden, and when you sync a folder to the default location ondrive says that the location is not reachable...

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2:33 PM
  • Hi IsAnDo

    Your tip works! Thank you for sharing that!! Hopping that MS will correct the bug in few time because this issue must take a lot of time for a lot of people...


    Pierre Vivier-Merle - MVP SharePoint Server
    http://blogs.developpeur.org/pierre | http://www.vnext.fr
    Merci de valider les réponses qui correspondent à votre problème afin qu'ils apparaissent comme résolus.

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:00 AM
  • The tip with the symlink won't work if your path-length gets too long  - as in my case.

    Our convention is to sync the Sharepoint folder to a root drive (eg. D:) - so now syncing to c:\users\... isn't possible...

    Please fix this!

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:46 AM
  • Hi Steve,

    I tried this procedure but the changed location only works once. Any subsequent share point site i want to sync, point to the original folder. How can i change that?

    Same here too.

    OneDrive Business (SkyDrive Pro) has never been able to run sync trouble free for long since I started using it in combination with Office 365 more than 1.5 year ago. There's a lot of potential here, but you cannot call this application 'Business' or 'Pro' because it is not!

    Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:43 AM
  • i have found a workaround with symbolic Link

    My 2n Disk (Target) ist X:\

    create X:\SharePoint

    create a symbolic Link under C:\Users\Username\...

              mklink /d SharePoint X:\SharePoint

    sync the first OneDrive for buisness by Change the Target to C:\Users\Username\SharePoint

    Result - all Sync data is on my X:\SharePoint Folder...

    I hope this helps you

    This worked for me as well.

    Finally I am able to sync more than one library in the folder I have chosen.
    Thank you IsAnDo.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:26 PM
  • Symbolic lincs work fine but a problem that I have is that the folders do not seemed to be called always the same.

    I have seen: onedrive @ company, sharepoint, onderive - company,...

    A policy should really be made available. the most logic solution

    Thursday, August 7, 2014 8:07 AM
  • disconnected

    copy them at location

    edit registry settings for onedrive folder location

    reconnect-check to create a file and if it correctly sync at new location

    if yes : delete previous folder ?

    ---------for that kind of folder the ie like functions 'such as: move' is real important , maybe the client ui lack because of the show coming from the onedrive api

    Monday, December 22, 2014 10:17 PM
  • Thanks Steve -- Looks like this is the closest one gets.

    Do you have any thoughts on

    1) Only the first sync working?  The symlink workaround seemed to fix this problem for users, but I don't understand why..

    2) I wanted to make this work with a removable drive, but it seems that this Sync cannot work with these nor network drives.  Any thoughts on why?  Is this gonna change?  Is there a reason?  I understand that it would be hard to sync if you keep popping your computer out of the doc, but stopping and starting automatically, or recovering after failure with a 10 minute delay don't seem too hard to implement.  Is something like this coming in a future version? 


    The advent of SSD's has made a particular generation of laptops very bad for syncing.  And while the problem is lessened with larger SSD's, it still is a problem..

    Thanks.

    G.

    Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:53 PM
  • What about changing the actual name of the folder OneDrive for Business syncs to. At my school, most of the students and teachers OneDrive for business folder is located at:

    C:\Users\USERNAME\OneDrive for Business

    But there are a few others' whose OneDrive for Business folder is actually at this location:

    C:\Users\USERNAME\OneDrive - St. Mary's School

    The issue here is that I set an Active Directory policy to place the students "Documents" folder (among others) into the folder "C:\Users\USERNAME\OneDrive for Business". But, this will obviously not work if the OneDrive for Business folder has inexplicitly been named "OneDrive - St. Mary's School".

    Can I change the name of the actual OneDrive for business folder (not the visible name, the actual folder name)? And, why do some of the folders get named differently?

    Thanks,

    David J.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 8:18 PM
  • Working terrific.  Thanks!
    Thursday, December 31, 2015 3:50 PM
  • Thank you, but a minor quibble:

    This doesn't CHANGE The location, it stops, and lets you redownload everything all over again. I'd like to just move. Why? It's bizarre that we have to download gigabytes of data from the cloud (possibly costing money) when the data is already right there on the disk.

    But ... at least it (sort of) works (lots of people on that thread complain about subsequent libraries, which I haven't tried yet anyway). So, I do appreciate the link.

            == John ==


    == John ==

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019 11:35 PM