Make SkyDrive a Windows local drive

Posted on September 1, 2011


SkyDrive is among the best online storage service, and it provides 25GB space with the following limitations:

  • File size must be smaller than 100M, and
  • Directory structure can’t be over 9 levels deep.

It is ideal for backup purpose and the above limitations can be compromised by using 7-Zip or WinRAR to chunk big files into 100MB pieces. To make the life easier, in this article I’d like to show you how to map your SkyDrive to a local drive in Windows.

untitledHere are what you need to turn your SkyDrive into your Z: drive (or whatever letter you choose):

  • Office 2010: a trial version or unexpired beta is fine, and
  • A Windows Live account

That’s about it. Let’s go!  First fire up Word 2010 and create a new blank document(File -> New). Next, head back to the file menu and choose File -> Save & Send -> Save to Web:


Now sign in to see your SkyDrive folders and choose one of your folders and hit "Save As":

betaskydrive2 In the Save As dialogue,  click at the end of the line (after Documents, for example) to highlight the path, then copy it to the clipboard.

betaskydrive30[1]Now right click Computer on your start menu and choose "Map network drive…". Select a drive letter, paste in the path, and choose to reconnect the drive. Be aware that you have to delete "https:" and change all forward slashes to backslashes as the screenshot below shows:


For reconnection to work, you also need to have the Windows 7 online ID provider for Windows Live installed and your ID linked to your Windows login:


Now just click OK, and you’re done! If everything went well, a new explorer window will appear with the contents of the folder you mapped. You’ll have to repeat the process if you want access to multiple folders.