User Case: Can I Sync a Network Drive with OneDrive?

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

My main requirement is a daily synchronization between the files on my network server and OneDrive, not real-time. I attempted to sync the network files to a local desktop using SyncToy, but it requires manual intervention each time. Additionally, I then have to sync the files from the local desktop to OneDrive, making the process quite cumbersome. Doing this daily or weekly is becoming impractical. I believe there should be a simpler way to achieve synchronization between OneDrive and my network file server.

Why Sync Network Drive to 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, OneDrive integrates seamlessly with the suite. It 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

If you think the manual download & upload operations to sync NAS to OneDrive are quite troublesome, you can try to automate the task by MultCloud Cloud Sync. Using it, you just have to choose which clouds to sync from/to and then order MultCloud to make it for you. If you are interested in Cloud Sync, follow the steps below.

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. Also, you need to choose add the organization account or the personal account.

Add OneDrive for Business
Add OneDrive for Business

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


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.

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


  • Since MultCloud uses bandwidth to transfer files, every transfer will cost some traffic. Although you can get 5GB of free traffic every month, you may run out of it if you have many files to sync. And 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

How to Sync Network Drive with OneDrive via AOMEI Backupper

Except for MultCloud, you can also use AOMEI Backupper to sync for free. 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.

How to Sync Network Drive with OneDrive via 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 way.

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.


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. When you need to backup iCloud to NAS, you can use Cloud Backup to realize it.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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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