OneDrive is a great way to store your files in the cloud. The OneDrive desktop app even allows you to interact with your files stored on OneDrive right in File Explorer on your computer. Doing that creates a OneDrive icon in the notification area of the desktop that keeps the desktop app running and syncing the files online with your computer.
However, some may not want to have the app running, but still have access to their OneDrive files in File Explorer. You can do this by mapping your OneDrive as a network drive. There are a couple of differences using this method compared to the OneDrive desktop app.
The desktop app will allow you to access any shared folders that you have added to your OneDrive, while mapping OneDrive as an network drive will not let you see those folders.
The desktop app will allow you keep your files online only until you need them, freeing up space on your hard drive. When you then open the file, it downloads to your computer, available offline, but using space on your hard drive. Mapping OneDrive as a network drive will keep the files offline and they will only be available if you are online.
Mapping OneDrive as a Network Drive
To map OneDrive, you will need your unique ID. You can get this by signing into the OneDrive website. The ID (or CID) will show at the end of the website address. You will want to select your unique CID from there and copy it.
It will look like this:
What you do next is open File Explorer on your computer, select “This PC” on the left menu, then select Computer from the top menu, and finally select “Map Network Drive”.
This will open the “Map Network Drive” window as below. Select the drive letter that is free and that you want to use for OneDrive when it is mapped as a network drive.
Here is where you want to enter the path, “https://d.docs.live.net/” and then your unique CID value for your OneDrive that you got from the OneDrive website path, as shown above.
After that, you may be required to enter your Microsoft Account username, which is typically an email address and your password. After, this, your OneDrive should now be accessible as a mapped network drive, right in File Explorer.