How to Upload Folders to Windows Live SkyDrive

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Windows Live SkyDrive is one of best and safest way of storing and sharing your documents and multimedia files online. It offers you 25 GB of free, password-protected online storage, probably the best alternative to Google Docs when compared to the amount of free storage space! :)

You can upload individual files to skydrive but not as folders. You need to create a folder in skydrive and upload the files therein. However you can do this using the Map Network Drive feature in Windows.

How to Upload Folders to SkyDrive

  1. Log into SkyDrive using your Windows Live account.

  2. Select the main folder from SkyDrive (the one you are uploading folders to).

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  3. Copy your SkyDrive cid from the address bar as shown below:

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  4. Then open Map network drive from your Computer:

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    You can also open it by right-clicking Computer icon from desktop:

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  5. Select any Drive letter(never mind which one!) you want to use and enter the following string into the Folder:

    \\docs.live.net@SSL\YOUR-cid\YOUR-folder-name

    Example:

    \\docs.live.net@SSL\4f0d39edc8e2119b\mydocs

    Screenshot:
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    Note:

    • Only an album or a primary folder in the SkyDrive can be mapped, the entire SkyDrive or the subfolders cannot be mapped.

    • The folder name must exists or you can create your own in SkyDrive. It may contain spaces.
    • Don’t forget to use the back-slash and the name of the folder properly.
  6. Click on Finish and log-in to Windows Live when prompted.

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  7. After you sign-in you’ll see a new drive in your computer.

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  8. You can start copying folders/files to this drive. You may not get the usual copying speed (like between windows folders) since this is uploading of files to the web! :) You can disconnect from the network once you finished as shown below:

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[Tips via Ludwig J Keck]

Hope this tutorial was useful. :)

24 Comments

  1. This is a great tutorial for one of the most underrated features of the Windows Live Essentials pack. SkyDrive makes it easy to back up large files, and make them accessible anywhere.

    For more great tools, head to http://www.live.com

    Cheers,
    Kyler
    Windows Outreach Team

  2. hey mate.. sounds good, and i tried it, but maybe i’m doing something wrong – it failed to connect to windows live, let alone ask me for login details..

  3. Does this require Win Vista and above? It doesn’t seem to work on XP.

  4. Why go around when one can put a link directly in Computer/ My computer. I have it. It works fine.

  5. Thanks for this info. Never heard of SkyDrive before, although I have used Gmail drive, but its very slow.

  6. @Animesh
    Restart your system and try again.
    If it doesn’t work, try again by turning off the windows firewall.

  7. @Harsh
    SkyDrive is a great alternative to Google Docs/Gmail drive, but there is an upload limit of 50MB per file if we do it directly from web. This tutorial would help to solve it. :)

  8. great tutorial however once set up and can see my drive when i try to copy any across even files it says ‘an unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file’ then error code ‘0x80070780′. i ahve full permissions so i know its not that, any help would be appreciated…windows 7 BTW

    Thaks

  9. Fantastic! It works.

    Thanks!

  10. i have a problem while mapping with the network drive it says “the network path could not be found”…how can i solve this problem???

  11. thanls for this. i was able to map successfully, but am un able to copy any data across. i drop a file into skydrive. the process starts and the folder is copied over. but whe nit tries to copy photos i get an error message.

    it says there’s a problem with the parmeters and gives this code: ox80070057 .

    any advice really appreciated.

    thank you.

  12. @kathaurielle
    The above process is normally slower and chance of interruption while uploading is high. The tutorial is posted for those who really want to do this badly!
    The best and fastest way of uploading is through browser by either by creating the folder and uploading all the files inside together OR by compressing the folder (zip,rar etc) and uploading this single compressed folder. You can download and extract at anytime!
    Visit: http://explore.live.com/skydrive

  13. Thanks, I will try zipping it,
    Kath

  14. Thanks that is very useful.
    Only one issue. When I drag and drop a picture in the new drive I get this error message: “The file XXX.jpg is too large for the destination file system”
    My file is only 1.25 Mb and I can upload it through the browser.
    Any idea?
    Thanks
    Luc

  15. @Luc
    The above process is normally slower and chance of interruption while uploading is high. The tutorial is posted for those who really want to do this badly!
    The best and fastest way of uploading is through browser by either by creating the folder and uploading all the files inside together OR by compressing the folder (zip,rar etc) and uploading this single compressed folder. You can download and extract at anytime!
    Visit: http://explore.live.com/skydrive

  16. Thanks Shafar, I understand that but the point of mapping a skydrive folder is to be able to drag and drop folders and not only files.
    There is obviously something not working properly when you cannot upload a 1.25 Mb file. It has nothing to do with the system running slowly. It just doesn’t work as it should.
    I’m sure some other people have gone through the same issue. Anybody has been able to fix that?

  17. in windows xp, while connecting through map network drive im getting error as

    “the mapped network drive could not be created because the specified server cannot perform the requested operation”

    help please……………….

  18. Thanks a million, this worked like a charm! g

  19. Thats weird but using this I cannot upload pictures, zip files etc. Only document .doc, .docx, .ppt etc. is possible. Otherwise it says something about protection of record. So I have to use web interface to upload picture in that folder.

  20. Finally decided to be responsible and “back up my back up”. Thanks a million for this easy-to-follow tutorial. It certainly made the job easy.

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