Solved My preferred directory structure.


Eddo51eleven

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I just got this new Windows 11 Lenovo computer and I'm not comfortable with the directory structure in the picture below. Below "Folders" are folders, some of which are on OneDrive and others are on the C Drive. I would rather all "Folders" be on my C drive. I'd like to use OneDrive to be a mirror image of selected folders on my C Drive.

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Can I change how Windows 11 displays folders? How? And, how do I make OneDrive automatically mirror folders (all files in selected folders) that I create/update on the C drive.
 
Windows Build/Version
Win 11 Version 21H2 (OS Build 22000.613)

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11800H @ 2.30GHz
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptopy GPU
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Lenovo DisplayHDR and Acer H230
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD - Samsung MZVLB512HBJQ-000L2
    Case
    Laptop
    Keyboard
    Standard built-in keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech M310
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes

cereberus

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I just got this new Windows 11 Lenovo computer and I'm not comfortable with the directory structure in the picture below. Below "Folders" are folders, some of which are on OneDrive and others are on the C Drive. I would rather all "Folders" be on my C drive. I'd like to use OneDrive to be a mirror image of selected folders on my C Drive.

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Can I change how Windows 11 displays folders? How? And, how do I make OneDrive automatically mirror folders (all files in selected folders) that I create/update on the C drive.
Use symlinks

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0

glasskuter

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At one time, the desktop version of Onedrive allowed for selective sync of any folder located anywhere on your computer without the need for symbolic links and such but MS discontinued it. When they did, they lost me as I felt Onedrive to be inferior to Google Drive and Dropbox which does have selective folder sync using one click of the mouse and it works perfectly. Google Drive will even sync to any other cloud storage if so desired so in my opinion Onedrive is lagging behind in what it offers

Now, folders have to be physically located under Onedrive in file explorer for Onedrive to sync the files within the folder....(or you have to go the symbolic link route). You then have to go to Onedrive settings and choose which of the folders will be on your computer's hard drive and which folders will be in the cloud only and downloaded 'on demand' rather than being located on your hard drive. I want to have access to all my files all the time and I want to be able to have them located wherever I want so that concept is too screwed up for me as my internet is sometimes sketchy.

Because my boot drive is small, to save space I relocated my Onedrive folder to a secondary drive.

By now, I'm sure you've figured out I'm not a fan of Onedrive. Here's my few folders in Onedrive and where you change the settings in Onedrive app.
 

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.675
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900
    Memory
    32 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 m.2 2230-256+1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    standard
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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