Windows 7: How to Map SkyDrive Folders as Network Drives

Posted August 28, 2010 by Rob Rogers in Windows 7

If you use Microsoft’s SkyDrive for storing or sharing files, you can create mapped network drives that are easily accessible from your applications as well as the operating system itself.

1. Go to SkyDrive and login to your account.

2. In the address bar, after the http://, look at the address. Between the cid- and the, you will see a set of numbers and letters (your ID number). Copy the ID number, as you will need it later.

3. Go to the Windows Orb (Start button).

4. Right-click Computer.

5. Select Map Network Drive from the resulting menu.

6. Use the Drive dropdown to select the desired Drive letter.

7. In the Folder textbox, input \\[email protected]\your_skydrive_id_number\^2Documents where your_skydrive_id_number is the ID number you copied back in step 2. This will map the drive to your My Documents folder on SkyDrive.

To map the drive to your Public folder, use \\[email protected]\your_skydrive_number\^2Public

8. Click the Finish button.

9. After a few seconds, Windows will ask you for your credentials, input your SkyDrive username and password, click the Remember my credentials checkbox and click the OK button.

Your mapped drive will be created.


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  • Very nice tip!, thank you!

    • Rams_tamang03

      hi k6 yar

  • Dsneidert

    Does not work for me…


  • Rilloyd

    Anyone notice issues with different file formats being copied over? I am having issues copying files with jpg over but not a jpg changed to pdf or doc

    • Ghaas08

      same here

    • Bob C

      same here

  • Speechless! Excellent post
    Thank you, you have been most helpful.

  • Xamian

    wow it actually worked! awesome, thanks so much

  • Calories

    Hello, I followed this to the letter and it mapped the drive, thanks. But when I try to drag and drop a file it tells me the file is to big. This happens with any size fize and most types. Only file i have been able to copy was a txt file with a single word in it. Any thoughts on why this happens?????

    • gump

      mapping it this way only allows you to upload document file types. like .txt, .ppt, .doc, etc. Unfortunately youll still have to use external programs like SDExplorer for this to work.

  • Mr.Element79

    Windows cannot access
    \[email protected]_skydrive_number^2Public

    Error code: 0x80070035
    The network path was not found.

    • Jbeach

      You need to enter your Skydrive number in place of “my_skydrive_number”

      Step 2 in the directions.

  • mr-data

    If you haven’t discovered it yet, there’s a pretty easy way around the problem with adding any files besides those used by MS¬†Office: Simply re-name to “.doc” or add this ending to the existing file-ending, upload your file, and restore to the original file-ending.¬†

  • AlexC2

    Hi! Followed the instructions, but still the same error.
    Now I know this a Windows Server 2008 R2 issue, security related.
    Any workaround?

  • M

    Thanks, clear, concise and simple. Brilliant.

  • Excellent … 5 stars vote

  • webguy

    The only thing I am worried about is permissions, is public the default when I upload using explorer?

  • dlagrew

    I am going to share this with many. Thank you very much!

  • PODbot

    AAAAA !!!! ! !
    !!! ! ! AAA AA ! !! A

    how can I find out my skydrive ID ????

    AA A A ! ! ! ! A A !

  • TK

    if not found in the URL then the skydrive ID can be seen in the bottom left cornor of the browser if you mouse-over the SkyDrive word in the top menu

  • Miguel

    hello !

    There is an error in the address:

    \[email protected]_skydrive_id_number^2Documents

    In my case, it finally works with this:

    \[email protected]_skydrive_id_numberDocuments

    (without the ^2).



  • riick

    every time i reset my machine the dive does not connect again have to create new one evry time……PLEASE HELP

  • qwikquote tech support

    Just one Key point – do not forget to logon as the very built-in user Administrator in case you get difficult in setup mapped driver on Windows 7.

  • Vincent


    I was trying to do so, but it didn’t work.

    In my case, before uploading any docs, decided to delete the entire content (folders and files)

    What would be the URL if I want to map to the root on my Skydrive?

    Btw, I found another solution and it works : (But it’s always prompting me for my password when I start the PC)

    In what is this different? Is yours better, more secure, or just the same?

    Best Regards,


  • Shahid

    For some reason i was not able to access folders. It kept asking for my username and password which I entered correctly.

    I am able to log in directly but not able to map drive.

  • Greg

    will not accept my creds, pulling my hair out!

  • zaccariah connell

    for some reason i get to the credentials bit i enter my username and password and it come up with i do not have the permissions to do it.