How to Upload Folders to SkyDrive

If you have ever attempted to email a folder or upload a folder to an online storage service, then you know that it does not work. Typically, if you wanted to upload an entire folder’s worth of files to a cloud storage service like SkyDrive, then you would have to zip the folder, then upload the zipped file. However, you would then be unable to browse the files within that zipped file, and you would need to download the entire zipped file to access the one file within it that you needed. This process can be time-consuming and frustrating, particularly when dealing with very large zip files. Fortunately Microsoft has released a SkyDrive application that you can download directly to your PC. This application acts like a local folder on your computer, so you can drag and drop files and folders to it, then they will be uploaded directly to your SkyDrive account. This is the fastest and easiest way to upload a folder to your SkyDrive account.

 

How to Upload an Entire Folder to SkyDrive

 

Before you begin the process of adding your folder to your SkyDrive account, you must first confirm that no file in the folder is more than 2 GB in size. SkyDrive will not allow individual file uploads that are larger than 2 GB when you are using the desktop application. Uploads through other methods are restricted to 300 MB file sizes.

Open a new Web browser window and go to the SkyDrive page at this link.

Type your Windows Live ID and password into the fields at the right side of the window, then click the  Sign In button. (If you do not yet have a Windows Live ID and SkyDrive account, you can register for both by clicking the Sign Up button at the left side of the window.)

Click the Get SkyDrive apps link at the bottom-left side of the window.

get the skydrive pc app

 

Click the Get the app button at the center of the window, under SkyDrive for Windows, then click the Download button and save the file to your computer.

how to upload folders to skydrive

 

Double-click the downloaded file, then follow the prompts to complete the installation. Once the program has been installed, you will be able to access your SkyDrive folder by clicking the Windows Explorer icon in your taskbar, then clicking the SkyDrive folder at the left side of the Windows Explorer window.

open the skydrive folder on your pc

 

Navigate to the folder on your computer that you want to upload to SkyDrive.

You can either drag the folder to the SkyDrive folder at the left side of the window if you do not want to leave a copy of the folder on your computer, or you can click the folder once to select it, press Ctrl + C to copy it, then open the SkyDrive folder and press Ctrl + V to paste copied folder.

drag and drop a folder to your local skydrive folder

 

Once you have added the folder to your SkyDrive storage, you will be able to access it from any of the locations in which you can access SkyDrive.

 

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