Software recommendation: use Microsoft’s OneDrive locally

Many of our friends are using OneDrive, the online storage application that comes with the system, and recently Microsoft has made OneDrive features, such as folder protection (backup), which were originally provided for corporate and business users, available for free to OneDrive personal users. Here we combine this new feature of OneDrive and teach you how to use it well.

Make OneDrive automatically protect files

After launching OneDrive, right-click its icon in the task tray, select “More → Settings”, switch to the “AutoSave” tab in the settings window that opens, and click “Update Folders “The default desktop, picture and document directories in OneDrive will be protected automatically. If it shows unprotected, please check the picture and document directories in the OneDrive sync settings and click “Start protection” (Figure 1).


Figure 1 Start protection

Once protection is enabled, the files in the above directory will be automatically uploaded to OneDrive, so that we can access them at any time, no matter where we log in to OneDrive (Figure 2).


Figure 2 Automatic file synchronization

Break the limits of custom backup files

As mentioned above, by default OneDrive only protects the desktop, pictures and documents directories. How should you set up synchronization protection for files saved in other locations as well?

Because OneDrive can automatically backup the above three directories, if files generated by other software or custom directories need to be backed up, you can point the save directory to one of the above subdirectories. For example, in OneNote, after launching it, click the “Show notebooks” button, then click “More notebooks”, select the checkbox next to the name of the notebook you want to open in the window that opens, and then click “Save to OneDrive” in the pop-up window. In the “Save to OneDrive” pop-up window, select the OneDrive account you are currently logged in to. Once the settings are done, OneNote’s notes will be automatically saved to OneDrive and we can access the notes content anytime and anywhere (Figure 3).


Figure 3 Adding notes to OneDrive

We can also use the Mklink command to create links to save directories from any location to OneDrive. For example, if you need to save “E:Staff Photos” to “OneDrivePicturesMy Pictures”, start the command prompt as an administrator and enter the following command (Figure 4).

mklink /d C:UsersCurrent UserOneDriveImageMy Pictures E:Employee Photos


Figure 4 Creating a link

Now the files originally saved in “E:Employee Photos” by default will be saved in “C:UsersCurrent UsersOneDrivePicturesMy Pictures”, and the files here will be automatically synced to OneDrive and The files here are automatically synced to OneDrive and are protected by the sync.

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