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How to Use SkyDrive’s 25 GB as a Mapped Drive for Easy Access

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SkyDrive is an online storage system included in Windows Live, which gives you 25 GB of space that you can sync to your desktop. Here’s how to connect it to your Windows 7 computer as a mapped drive.

First of all, you need to go to http://skydrive.live.com and use your Windows Live account (the same you use to access Hotmail, Messenger, Windows Live Mail or MSN) to log in and create the folders you want to use by using the New menu. You can create private and shared folders and customize the access for every one of them.

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After your have created your folders, you will need to link your computer to your online ID so it can access them without asking for credentials every time.

Click on the Start Menu button and select Control Panel.

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Select User Accounts and Family Safety.

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Go to User Accounts.

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Click on Link Online IDs located on the left side of the window.

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Click on Link Online ID.

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If you haven´t installed the Windows Live ID provider, you will be taken to a website to download it.

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Install the Online ID provider.

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Now you will be taken back to the Online ID providers and click on Link Online ID to sign in.

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Now you have to enter your credentials and click on Sign In.

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Now you have linked your computer to your Windows Live account. If you update your password, you can click on Update credential and if you want to disconnect your computer to your account, you can click on Remove linked ID.

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Now, to get the address where to map your SkyDrive´s folders, you can open Excel, Word, PowerPoint or OneNote 2010 click on File and then on Save & Send.

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Select Save to Web and then click on the folder you want to map.

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Double click on the folder you want to map and copy the folder´s address.

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Now, you have to go to Computer.

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Click on Map network drive.

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And you can paste the folder´s address, select a drive letter and select Reconnect at logon.

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The folder will open in a new window.

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And you will see and access your mapped drive in the Computer window.

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Remember you have 25GB space to upload to SkyDrive and you can check how much space you have at the SkyDrive website: http://skydrive.live.com

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  • Published 04/4/11

Comments (45)

  1. Dave

    Is this a Windows only thing? Or can OSX/*nix take advantage of this?

    Thanks

  2. Matthew Guay

    FWIW, last time I tried this (late 2010), it didn’t consistently work and was slow at best. Perhaps it’s improved since then, but just thought I’d throw that out there…

  3. Fran

    I use Open Office (not Office) – how can I get the folder´s address in some other way? thks

  4. Ashley Wilson

    I’ve had the same experience as Matthew..

    P.S: Could you guys please use Disqus or IntenseDebate as the commenting platform?

  5. Gabe

    Can this be done on Windows XP? If yes, how?
    Thanks!

  6. Ivan Lapis

    Wow, never thought about doing that…. although, you can’t use the skydrive features on Office 2007 anymore, only in the 2010 version… which sucks… For other people like me, you can try http://www.cloudstorageexplorer.com/ which offers a simple straight forward solution to this… also there’s http://www.gladinet.com which you guys already mentioned at http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/20262/mount-skydrive-s3-google-docs-and-other-cloud-storage-in-windows-explorer/

  7. Tom C.

    Tried this last week and noticed these things:
    - every folder you create on the web get a different location! So you can’t use all of your space (or at least you have to use one folder)
    - I was not able to upload all file formats!
    - more important: it is slow as … (don’t know a appropriate word!)

    So actually: forget about this – I did!

  8. mark

    Thanks!

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to link skydrive with my desktop for a while now! While saving to skydrive from within Word, etc. works, it’s terribly slow. But saving to a mapped drive doesn’t appear (in the 10 minutes I’ve been playing with it) to be any slower or otherwise different than any other network folder.

  9. Greg Edwards

    I’d agree that this hack works, but it definitely has some limitations. Speed for one, and you can’t just map your root SkyDrive folder and then magically access everything underneath.

    A better (and more reliable) approach is to use Gladinet Cloud Desktop. It hooks into SkyDrive, Google Docs/Storage, Amazon S3, and more. There’s a paid version with more bells and whistles, but the free version does what I need.

    Also, don’t forget you can use the Windows Live Mesh client to sync content to a special 5 GB slice of your SkyDrive, as well as unlimited content with other PCs in your ring.

  10. Aakash Goel

    This is fucking genius!! loved it!!

  11. Kevalin

    This is an excellent tutorial, even with the considerations about SkyDrive’s speed (or lack thereof) and possible access issues. For me, at least, I wouldn’t so much be storing files as archiving them, so having 25 free GBs of space would be awesome.

    @Ashley: I don’t know about IntenseDebate, but Disqus managed to get itself hacked about thee months ago, giving up a s*itload of emails and passwords in the process, including mine.

    No joy in Mudville here, let me tell you.

    HTG’s comment gathering method is absolutely fine as is… I hope they’re never foolish enough to change it for at least one system that has proven to be leads than secure.

  12. libs

    I was all excited about this one — but it quickly went POOF because theres a 50MB cap on individual files (even zipped or tar-ed) and I was hoping to turn this into a mega personal repository for my Android ROMS. I guess Im back to the Dropbox and if you need an invite, just lemme know!

  13. Ali

    Why doesn’t it show the correct amount of space left or used?

  14. tommy2rs

    50 MB limit? Use 7-zip to split the file into bite size chunks as it’s compressed. You know, like back in the day with dial-up and Usenet. Windows Live, boldly taking another step backwards!

  15. wschloss

    I would love to be able to do this in dropbox if anyone knows a way.
    If that would allow Excel links to work correctly then online storage would be MUCH more useful to me.
    Thanks.

  16. Nick

    Second on how to do this without Office 2010? Still have 2007. Thanks!

  17. vicsar

    Kudos, well put one of the best step-by-step tutorials I have seen.

  18. Hatryst

    +1
    Very nicely explained, indeed a great thing to try out…

  19. Srikanth

    FORGET doing this… its waste of time,
    i have tried this in late 2010, and this is very….slow, doesnt work for formats of file, you cant uplaod files bigger than 50 MB.
    and as noted here by other users, you can map only 1 folder as a “Shared location”. So this doesnt help, you want to store in a different folder.

    And more frsutratinig this is to do the whole process once every few days, since the link changes!!!!.

  20. Richard

    I have microsoft office 2007 but dont have a save&send button. I have looked everywhere for it. Any ideas.

  21. vgamesx1

    well I know a few other ways to get the url for your skydrive.
    easiest (because theres no downloading office) is to goto your skydrive account (see link above) and have a powerpoint in one of the folders, them click “edit in browser”, then a message box will popup and will tell your url at the bottom.

    also for copying and pasting it… click “ok” when the message comes up, then it will open whatever verson of office you have (as long as its supported- ex: is that .docx doesn’t work in 2003), next go to the big office button in the left top corner, and go down to publish, and click on “document managment server”. There should be a shortcut to the folder of the drive there.
    so then you can save that or copy and paste to do same as above (also since its pointing to a folder in the drive like ex: https://xyz123.docs.live.net if you take off the .docs part and keep the rest it should show the root, but I haven’t tried.)

  22. vgamesx1

    @everyone
    also about it being slow as a number of people said… that has to do with slow upstream.
    A lot of ISPs give you a fast download rate but then shave off your upload rate to cut costs on their end.
    so if I have 1MB download I might have 40 – 128KB upload rate. (and trust me that is slow)
    even if its just 50MB it will take up to 1 hour to upload it.
    like me for example I get around 40kb uploads, so for me to upload as much as 2GB would take at least 12 to 18 hours :(

  23. Ayush

    I could upload anything using the mapped drive, is it due to the speed issue?

  24. Ayush

    Could not

  25. Ja5087

    Do you wonder why the only ID provider is Live?

  26. Ron Troy

    Tried in office 2010 but couldn’t copy the URL.

  27. Jacky

    Is there any other way to find out the link without using Microsoft Office?
    I’m using Libre/OpenOffice

  28. Eric Smith

    guess I used illegal characters to show how to run the console app…

    Should look something like this:

    dumpurls.exe email@isp.com password

    Where “email@isp.com” is your Windows LiveID email address and “password” is the matching password for LiveID.

  29. Icedmoon

    I don’t have MSO2010 so can’t map it initially. Found a solution from Internet to map skydrive finally, now I have 25GB online storage.

    But, it is so slow, not useful at all from my PC (I am locate in HK).

  30. wunch

    If you don’t have Office 2010, you can use a utility called “SkyDrive Simple Viewer” to look up the correct address. Just Google it and you should find it.

  31. Jim

    Icedmoon – thanks for posting your success. Could you perhaps tell us what the solution was or link to it?

  32. Mehrdad

    disappointing: very slow and not even connecting (tried both the folder path and web link several times) and after editing permissions

  33. Mehrdad

    adding to my earlier note, difficulty in connection might be due to enabling https in hotmail…

  34. Stewart Redback

    It doesn’t upload folders and so is of limited use.

  35. SamCat

    I’ve just tried this with my laptop. It works great! Maybe I have a good ISP, but I don’t see any noticeable lag in either saving or opening SkyDrive documents.

    This is slick! Thanks!

  36. Eric Smith

    (reposting my comment from yesterday which is still waiting moderation – I guess for the web link?)

    If you’re like me, and you don’t have Office 2010 – here’s another way to get the links to your SkyDrive folders:

    Go to: skydrivesimpleviewer (dot) codeplex (dot) com

    Download the “DumpUrls” console application (Windows only, sorry) with the green download button in the upper right.

    Extract the .exe and .dll and go to a command prompt and run the app like this:

    dumpurls.exe “username” “password”

    Replace “username” and “password” with your SkyDrive LiveID email and password (no quotes).

    The console will output the WebDAV links to each folder on your SkyDrive. Make note of them and close the console window.

    Continue with this How-To from the point where you go to map a drive with these links you just got.

    Although I haven’t tested it myself, since these links are WebDAV – you *should* be able to connect to your skydrive in OS X and Linux via any WebDav client – built in or otherwise. Unfortunately I haven’t found a way to “discover” the links without a Windows PC yet…

  37. ilias

    Long time ago since first tried that, MS is clever enough to use some limitations.If you try to put *.exe files via drag & drop in my computer mapped drive it does not work (file Untitled.exe is too large (3mb) ) whereas if it is Untitled.doc it can be uploaded. In the other hand by accessing Internet Explorer skydrive page through hotmail you can upload just about anything.

  38. Fran

    @EricSmith – I tried the urldumps file and it correctly showed the urls – with these, I could map the network drive in explorer, but the MS server denies upload of files when dragging them to the skydrive folder (“error – file too big” – even with 100k files) – so no joy :-(

  39. Jswitz

    For Office 2003, 2007 users, here’s a link to download a free Addin to connect to Office Live files from earlier versions of Office. This *may* provide a partial solution. I use Office 2007 & this addin does give access to Office Live, with a fairly smooth interface.

    http://madeforit.com/our-projects/office-live-files

    BTW: I have a “username@msn.com” account & can verify that WebDAV doesn’t work with an MSN account, as others have mentioned

  40. David

    Mapping the SkyDrive into a Windows drive – does not allow you to drag over any files other than Office files.
    It consistently fails if you try. I tried dragging an .exe – failed. When I used the Skydrive web interface and browsed my machine – it did allow me to succesfully upload the same exe program.

    Likewise you cannot drag a folder across from Windows Explorer to the mapped drive.

    So there are major shortcoming with Skydrive.

  41. Abhishek

    Amazing..!
    Awesome..!!

    superb man

  42. Baramee Thummatewin

    Why when I look at my Skydrive status. I just get 5 GB on that, why?

    Any suggestion…

    Thanks.

  43. abdul rehman khan

    Thanks,

  44. Andrew

    Thanks! This is great. i’ve been surfing the net all day searching for a way to do this, and i came across your solution. Keep up the good work.

  45. Gabriel

    Awsome! Thanks!!!

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