OneDrive and OneDrive for Business

There are a lot of people that use Microsoft’s OneDrive and OneDrive for Business (ODFB) cloud services. The differences between the two are subtle, but critical; OneDrive is consumer oriented and uses Microsoft’s Live platform for authentication while ODFB is business oriented and based on SharePoint.

Both services work well in their niche, but as with all cloud based storage leave a little to be desired; especially in Windows 10 where file caching has been disabled. File caching has been disabled on purpose because it literally eats up your already limited storage on modern devices that now commonly ship with as little as 32GB of total storage (and sometimes less) for your operating system and program files and that all important data. One example of this lack of storage is this Dell convertible at Fry’s – http://www.frys.com/product/8668260.

So how do you get around these limitations? Map your OneDrive or ODFB to a drive letter. True you must be online to use the files then, but you no longer have to worry about running out of drive space on your laptop or other limited space computing device. Below are links to 3 different websites detailing the separate processes required for mapping OneDrive, OneDrive with 2-step authentication, and OneDrive for Business. All of these are Windows 10 instructions, and I make no warranty as to there usefulness on prior versions of Windows.

For your convenience I have hyperlinked each site below and for your security I have also included to the right of each the full typewritten link.

Mapping OneDrive – http://forums.windowscentral.com/windows-10-how-guides/371145-how-map-onedrive-drive-letter-windows-10-a.html

Mapping OneDrive with 2-step Authentication – http://blogs.iis.net/robert_mcmurray/using-the-webdav-redirector-with-onedrive-part-2-two-step-verification

Mapping OneDrive for Business – https://kb.niu.edu/page.php?id=46915

 

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