Monday, 28 February 2011

Mapping SkyDrive to Windows Explorer

Recently I've been using some of my free 25GB SkyDrive allowance.

As a Windows Live user you get access to 25GB disk space in the cloud through SkyDrive as well Hotmail and a web-resident version of Microsoft Office all for free.

I find waiting for files of any non-trivial size to upload (or fail to upload) from the browser to SkyDrive quite tedious. Consequently I was pleased to see there was a canny way to map a folder in your SkyDrive space to a drive letter in Windows Explorer.

It relies on you noting your SkyDrive CID (in the URL when you log into it after a cid- prefix) and mapping to the UNC path:

\\docs.live.net@SSL\the_cid_value\the_skydrive_folder

Full details available in the original blog post.

One note though - I found I didn't have to map Documents to ^2Documents. Just using Documents worked just fine for me.