Step 4: Setting Up OneDrive
Now that we have a virtual hard disk drive mounted, formatted and ready to go, we need to fool OneDrive into thinking it is a regular non-removable drive. Hehe…
Step 4.1: Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the notification area on the right of the taskbar. If it is not there, click on the up arrow or caret (^) icon to bring up hidden icons, then you should see the OneDrive icon.
Step 4.2: In the Microsoft OneDrive window, click Unlink OneDrive. This will unlink your OneDrive account from your current local OneDrive location.
Step 4.3: In a new Microsoft OneDrive window and welcome to OneDrive message, click Get started.
Step 4.4: Next is the sign in message. Sign into your Microsoft account by entering your credentials and click Sign in. If you have multi-factor authentication turned on, be prepared to verify with your cell phone, email, or other means.
Step 4.5: Next is introducing your OneDrive folder. The default points to your User folder in your main system drive. We want it to point to your newly created virtual hard drive on the removable drive. Click Change.
Step 4.6: In the Browse For Folder window, select “This PC” and select your virtual hard drive. Mine shows “OneDrive VHD (O:)” as pictured. Click OK.
Step 4.7: Back to introducing your OneDrive folder. It should now show your virtual hard drive. Mine shows O:\OneDrive. Click Next.
Step 4.8: Next is the selection of files and folders you wish to sync between OneDrive and this PC. In the example below, I have over 118GB on OneDrive, so there is not enough space on my virtual hard drive (drive O:) by 1.5GB.
For my purposes, I do not need to sync my whole OneDrive contents to my Surface Pro 3. I selected a few folders here for this example (236MB) so it would not take too long. For yourself, select the folders and files you would like to sync and click Next. Do not worry too much about the selection if it is hard to decide. You can always change these folders later.
Step 4.9: Once you get to the “Fetch your files from anywhere” message, you are done setting OneDrive up to sync with your removable drive! Click Done.
Step 4.10: To check OneDrive’s syncing progress, click on the OneDrive icon in the notification area on the right of the taskbar. If it is not there, click on the up arrow or caret (^) icon to bring up hidden icons, then you should see the OneDrive icon. It should show its progress.
Once it is done syncing, you should get the wonderful “OneDrive is up to date” message when you click on the OneDrive icon.
Now…you are done. Woo hoo!
It should now work great with your removable drive, like a micro SD card or a USB flash drive. However, there are a few quirks you should be aware of. If you haven’t already, see the Removable OneDrive Quirks section of the Main Article on how to resolve these little quirks.