Backup home shared drive

archie456

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Hi,

I have 4 PCs around the house on a network, and they all connect to a mapped drive which is on another PC - this is simply a network share - all PCs have this mapped as T drive.

So I'm thinking of getting Onedrive family for to backup all our stuff - I understand that this will backup my docs on each of the PCs for all of my family - but I'd also like it to back up the T drive network share.

No body generally logs into the computer hosting the T drive, it just sits in a cupboard and provides the T drive.

Using OneDrive to back up all of the My Docs on the PCs is straight forward, but whats the best way to also back up the T drive network share - I'd like the backup to be separate from any of the user onedrives, so we don't accidentally interfere with the backed up folders.

I'd appreciate some advise! Thanks!
 
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1. Install the OneDrive desktop application on your server and point it at a folder you can find easily, for example, C:\OneDrive (“OneDrive” is the folder name and this folder is on C drive).

2. Creating a subfolder in “OneDrive” called “Data” on C drive ( i.e C:\OneDrive\Data). The OneDrive desktop application will then sync this empty folder with the cloud.

3. Click This PC/Computer on your computer and click “Map Network Drive”, type the network path you would like to access, then, there will be a network drive on your computer with a drive letter.

4. Type cmd in the search box, click it and run as administrator. Type command below to create a symbolic link and press Enter. For example, I only wanted to sync the contents of N:\Data (Data is the folder name and N: is the drive letter of your network drive you map on your computer).

mklink /D data E:\data

This operation is actually creating a fake subfolder called C:\OneDrive\Data which actually points across the Network at N:\Data. When OneDrive syncs contents in C:\OneDrive\Data, it actually syncs the contents of N:\Data.
 

archie456

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Thanks for your response.

If I do what you've suggested, would that not backup my server to my OneDrive? Then Onedrive would try to sync the contents of my server onto my laptop?

Is there a way I can back it up to a place which is separate on Onedrive to my account?

If I buy Microsoft 365 Family, I get up to 6 One Drive users - perhaps I could set up a 'fake' user which would be used to back up the server (or is this a bad idea?)

Thanks
 

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