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    Thanks for this tutorial Brink. Very useful.

    I think it might be worth pointing out that you can do this backwards, using a folder in onedrive to create a junction to your pc. There are drawbacks obviously, but onedrive syncs properly doing it this way, and if you delete something from the linked folder on your hard drive, it deletes its from the onedrive folder as well. You can also choose whether or not you want to keep the files locally stored that way.

    Might be helpful for some.
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    junked said:
    Thanks for this tutorial Brink. Very useful.

    I think it might be worth pointing out that you can do this backwards, using a folder in onedrive to create a junction to your pc. There are drawbacks obviously, but onedrive syncs properly doing it this way, and if you delete something from the linked folder on your hard drive, it deletes its from the onedrive folder as well. You can also choose whether or not you want to keep the files locally stored that way.

    Might be helpful for some.


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  3. Posts : 102
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       #132

    I know this is a relatively old thread....however, I was wondering if anyone is still using this OneDrive junction successfully. I've set up the junction, and the OneDrive folder on the PC successfully links with the source folder. However, any updates made to the source folder (and subsequently updated in the OneDrive PC folder), are not reflected in the online OneDrive folder. I'm currently using the latest versions of Win 10 (19042.867) and the OneDrive client (21.030.0211.0002). Thanks in advance for any input.
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    garyb0125 said:
    I know this is a relatively old thread....however, I was wondering if anyone is still using this OneDrive junction successfully. I've set up the junction, and the OneDrive folder on the PC successfully links with the source folder. However, any updates made to the source folder (and subsequently updated in the OneDrive PC folder), are not reflected in the online OneDrive folder. I'm currently using the latest versions of Win 10 (19042.867) and the OneDrive client (21.030.0211.0002). Thanks in advance for any input.
    Hello Gary,

    Just to verify, do you have OneDrive running and linked to your Microsoft account to sync online?

    In addition, what is the command you used? I'll test the same on my system.
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  5. Posts : 102
    Windows 10 Pro
       #134

    Thanks Shawn for the quick response. Yes, I'm fairly certain everything is set up correctly. When I first issue the MKLINK command, both OneDrive (PC) and OneDrive (online) sync successfully. However, if I add a new file to the source folder, only the OneDrive (PC) updates successfully. OneDrive (online) never sees any subsequent updates. Here's the command I used:
    mklink /j "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Test Folder" "C:\Users\XXXXXX\Pictures\Test Folder"

    Hope this helps.
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    garyb0125 said:
    Thanks Shawn for the quick response. Yes, I'm fairly certain everything is set up correctly. When I first issue the MKLINK command, both OneDrive (PC) and OneDrive (online) sync successfully. However, if I add a new file to the source folder, only the OneDrive (PC) updates successfully. OneDrive (online) never sees any subsequent updates. Here's the command I used:
    mklink /j "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Test Folder" "C:\Users\XXXXXX\Pictures\Test Folder"

    Hope this helps.
    I just tested the same on my system, and it automatically sync online for me.

    Sync Any Folder to OneDrive in Windows 10-onedrive_link_test.jpg

    If you add something to the "C:\Users\XXXXXX\Pictures\Test Folder" location, click/tap on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar notification area to see if the status shows it being currently synced or not like below.

    Sync Any Folder to OneDrive in Windows 10-onedrive.jpg
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  7. Posts : 102
    Windows 10 Pro
       #136

    If you add something to the "C:\Users\XXXXXX\Pictures\Test Folder" location, click/tap on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar notification area to see if the status shows it being currently synced or not like below. - No indication of anything being uploaded.
    As mentioned, the local OneDrive folder shows the added file, but not the OneDrive folder on the web. Can you confirm that the added file shows up in your online OneDrive folder? The only solution I've found is to pause and resume syncing, which then causes OneDrive online to resync with the OneDrive local.
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    garyb0125 said:
    If you add something to the "C:\Users\XXXXXX\Pictures\Test Folder" location, click/tap on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar notification area to see if the status shows it being currently synced or not like below. - No indication of anything being uploaded.
    As mentioned, the local OneDrive folder shows the added file, but not the OneDrive folder on the web. Can you confirm that the added file shows up in your online OneDrive folder? The only solution I've found is to pause and resume syncing, which then causes OneDrive online to resync with the OneDrive local.
    Do you have a metered network where it may not be automatically syncing with the online OneDrive?

    Enable or Disable Automatic Pause OneDrive Sync on Metered Network

    I can confirm it syncs to the online OneDrive for me.

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  9. Posts : 102
    Windows 10 Pro
       #138

    I'm not using a metered network. I'm also experiencing the same problem on a different machine using the same MS account.
    Not sure what the problem is, but it appears someone in an earlier post in this thread was having the same issue (OneDrive online not being updated). Will continue to research. Thanks.
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    garyb0125 said:
    I'm not using a metered network. I'm also experiencing the same problem on a different machine using the same MS account.
    Not sure what the problem is, but it appears someone in an earlier post in this thread was having the same issue (OneDrive online not being updated). Will continue to research. Thanks.
    I look forward to hearing any findings.

    Just to verify, does it sync to online OneDrive when you add a file to your OneDrive folder on the PC to rule out an issue with that?
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