User Case

"Setting up a new cloud-sharing environment involves syncing a data set from a mapped drive to OneDrive. To avoid moving the entire mapped drive into the OneDrive folder, I explored using the mklink function to join a directory to a folder within OneDrive. However, after testing, there seem to be sync issues when the data set remains on its current drive with the junction target set to the OneDrive folder:

  • Some changes in the mapped drive folders cannot be synced to OneDrive folders.
  • Folders cannot be saved on the mapped drive individually but like a shortcut of the OneDrive folders."

If you encounter the same issues above, you may try another 2 automatic workarounds in this post to sync network drive OneDrive by MultCloud or AOMEI Backupper. You may find them more suitable for your needs.

Why Sync Network Drive to OneDrive?

How to Sync Network Drive with OneDrive
How to Sync Network Drive with OneDrive

Syncing a network drive to OneDrive offers several advantages, making it a beneficial choice for many users and organizations. Here are some reasons why you might consider syncing a network drive to OneDrive:

  • Cloud Backup and Redundancy: By syncing your network drive to OneDrive, you create a backup to OneDrive. This helps protect your files from data loss due to hardware failure, accidental deletions, or other unforeseen events. OneDrive provides redundancy, so even if something happens to your local network drive, your files remain safe in the cloud.
  • Accessibility and Mobility: Syncing your network drive to OneDrive enables you to access your files from anywhere with an internet connection. This convenience is especially valuable for people who work remotely or need to access files on the go. You can use OneDrive on various devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Integration with Office 365: If you use Microsoft Office 365, you may know that OneDrive integrates seamlessly with the suite. The syncing enables easy access to your files directly from Office apps, making it simple to open, edit, and save documents.

How to Sync Network Drive with OneDrive via MultCloud

An automatic task is always better than a manual task especially if you have many files to sync from a network drive and hope this sync can run constantly. Here comes the best solution - using MultCloud Cloud Sync. MultCloud allows you to manage your network drive and OneDrive files in one place. And Cloud Sync is a function that enables automatic sync and offers the Real Time Sync mode to keep this sync task running constantly. Besides, if you want the task to go both ways, you can apply the Two-way Sync mode.

Step 1: Get a MultCloud account by clicking “Get started for free” after entering its website.

Step 2: Add OneDrive to MultCloud by tapping “Add Cloud” and selecting its icon. Then log in to your OneDrive account and grant access permission to MultCloud.

Add OneDrive
Add OneDrive

Note: If you want to sync a network drive with OneDrive for Business, choose the OneDrive for Business icon instead of the OneDrive icon.

Add OneDrive for Business
Add OneDrive for Business

Step 3: Repeat the same operation in Step 2 to add NAS to MultCloud.

Add NAS
Add NAS

Step 4: Click “Cloud Sync” and select NAS in the left box and OneDrive in the right box. Then click “Sync Now” to start syncing NAS with OneDrive.

Sync a NAS Drive with OneDrive
Sync a NAS Drive with OneDrive

Note:

  • Although you can get 5GB of free traffic every month, you may run out of it if you have many files to sync. But if you buy a paid plan, you can get more traffic and sync without limitation.
  • If you want to sync once a day, you can manually run the task every day or use the Schedule feature to let it automatically start at the appointed time.
Cloud Sync Schedule
Cloud Sync Schedule

Sync Network Folder with OneDrive via AOMEI Backupper

Except for MultCloud, using AOMEI Backupper is also a good solution on how to sync network drive with OneDrive. The operations are also quite easy and automatic. You can go with the following steps

Step 1: Download and launch AOMEI Backupper.

Step 2: Click “Sync” after you install it and choose Basic Sync.

Choose Basic Sync
Choose Basic Sync

Step 3: Tap on the “+ Add Folder” button, select “Share/NAS”, and then add NAS by clicking “Add Share or NAS Devices”.

Add NAS to AOMEI Backupper
Add NAS to AOMEI Backupper

Step 4: Select the lower box when you are back to the Basic Sync page, choose OneDrive, and click “OK”.

Add OneDrive to AOMEI Backupper
Add OneDrive to AOMEI Backupper

Note: Make sure that you have the OneDrive desktop app, so that you can find it in the pop-up window.

Step 5: Click “Start Sync” to initiate the task after you add NAS and Google Drive.

Note: AOMEI Backupper also supports syncing a local drive with OneDrive. You just need to change the network drive to your local drive and the other steps are the same as above.

Network Drive Sync with OneDrive via Manually Uploading

If you only have a few files to sync from the network drive to OneDrive or the sync frequency is rare, you can try this manual solution on how to sync network drive with OneDrive.

Step 1: Enter OneDrive and log in to your account.

Step 2: Click “Upload” and choose “Files” or “Folders”. Then open the network drive folder and select the files that you want to sync.

How to Sync Folders on a Network Drive with OneDrive
How to Sync Folders on a Network Drive with OneDrive

Step 3: Tap on the “Open” button to start uploading files to OneDrive.

Conclusion

After reading the whole post, you must master the 3 solutions on how to sync network drive with OneDrive. If you have a lot of files to sync or you need to sync the files very often, using MultCloud or AOMEI Backupper may be more suitable for you since these 2 ways are more automatic.

What’s more, if you choose to try MultCloud, you can find that it has more functions except for Cloud Sync. There are Cloud Transfer, Cloud Backupper, Email Migration, and others.

Cloud Transfer: You can use it to automatically copy files from a network drive to OneDrive without fast speed.

Cloud Backup: Make a OneDrive backup of your network drive files and folders, and restore them with different versions.

Email Migration: Save Outlook or Gmail emails to OneDrive as PDF files, a network drive, or other clouds.

Share: Securely share files and folders with passwords. Besides, allow others to upload without accounts.

Remote Upload: Directly save files to OneDrive, NAS, or other clouds as links. 

How do I copy files from network drive to OneDrive?
 
You can make it by MultCloud Cloud Transfer. The steps are: Add NAS and OneDrive > Choose Cloud Transfer > Click “Transfer Now”. Also, you can schedule the transfer task and use Filter to pick out the files that you want to transfer/ignore.
Why isn’t my folder syncing to OneDrive?
 
Several reasons could prevent folder syncing to OneDrive: insufficient storage, network connectivity issues, sync settings, file/folder restrictions, or conflicts with antivirus/firewall software. Check these factors to resolve the syncing problem.
Does OneDrive automatically sync files?
 
Yes, OneDrive automatically syncs files and folders to the cloud. Any changes made to files in the designated OneDrive folder on your device will sync across all connected devices with the same OneDrive account.
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