I looked for a method to map a SkyDrive for a while. My wife and I are looking for work and keeping our resumes and cover letters on a SkyDrive makes sure that we have them available should we come meet someone when we are out. Also, my kids and grandkids have designated me as the photo archivist and being able to share the folders and having the photos all in one place and easy to get is pure gold.
I have tried Google and Amazon’s versions of the online storage and they aren’t bad, but I like the conventions of the SkyDrive best. This is the way access is constructed. When you sign into a live account, you get a CID number that matches your credentials. It is this number that you will need to have to access your account. As you can probably guess, this is the number you want to protect. This is easiest to do if you have Office 2010, but I have done it with XP Home, Pro, Vista and Win 7 without using Office at all. Of all, the easiest by far was Windows 8. It almost did it by itself. Wait, I take that back. Office 365 is the easiest mainly because the SkyDrive is the default drive.
If you have mapped a network drive, you have the skills you will need to do this. If not, this isn’t going to be much harder. If you don’t understand URLs, good on you for finding my blog. You can still follow the step by step and get this done. The tasks to accomplish are as follows:
- Get a live account and sign in to your SkyDrive.
- Copy the CID from the URL of your signed in live account.
- Using Notepad, make construct a URL to your SkyDrive.
- Map a drive letter to that URL.
Enjoy the wonderful world of Cloud Storage.
- Go to Hotmail.com and click on the Sign Up button and fill out the form to get a live.com email address. Sign into the account and click on SkyDrive in the welcome screen.
- Once you are in your SkyDrive, look at the URL in the address bar at the top of your browser. You need to look for something like https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=################. The important part is the part after the “=”. Select the number and letter combination after the equal sign and copy it to the clipboard by either left click->copy, or press ctrl + c.
- Open notepad or word or any other program that will allow you to edit text. In the text editor, type the following URL without the quotes: “https://d.docs.live.net/” and after the last slash, left click->paste or press ctrl + v to paste the CID number into the URL. It should look something like: https://d.docs.live.net/cad123456789asdf.
- We are in the home stretch. Copy the whole URL you have just made and open up Windows Explorer. Make sure you have selected Computer in the left hand pane and look at the top of the main window. Somewhere on the line that starts with the word Organize Properties, you will find Map network drive. If you don’t see it, click on the >> and that will reveal the hidden options.
- Click on Map network drive and it will bring up a window like the one below. You will click on the drop-down and select the drive letter that you want to assign to your SkyDrive (I usually use S: for SkyDrive). Next paste the URL you have constructed in the Folder box and click finish. You will be prompted to put in your login and password. In the Login part, type your new live email address and the password from the same account you just created. Make sure you click the checkbox to save the login and password if you want to just be able to use the drive like you would any other local drive and click ok.
- It may take a moment to open, but you will be able to save to the drive just like any other drive on your computer.
I hope you have success and enjoy the flexibility of Cloud Storage. If you have any challenges, please comment and I will contact you to troubleshoot.