A few years ago, I wrote about how to offload data from size-limited but speedy SSDs to HDDs using mklink. I wrote that:

Some useful things to take off of your SSD are:
● Microsoft Office's MSOCache
● The Windows Installer folder
● Unnecessary Windows driver DLLs

There are a couple of new tools that can also be used.

SteamMover

Once you have installed a program, Steam Mover can be used to move it to another hard drive or permanently attached flash storage. It moves a program and creates symbolic links so that references to the old location point to the new location seamlessly.

CubicExplorer

Cubic Explorer is an alternative to the Windows default file explorer, offering tabs, a simplified right-click menu, and several other features. It also has a built in symbolic link generator, so files can be moved, a link can be generated, and the link can be cut and pasted to the original location.

 

How to Combine Symbolic Links with the Cloud

Symbolic links can be used for an easier cloud-syncing experience. With so many tools, it can be difficult to keep track of data, and having multiple copies of data everywhere wastes space and can be confusing.

In my case, I have at least 30 GBs of storage from OneDrive and Google Drive. OneDrive is built into Windows 8, and Google Drive is useful for syncing files to the internet. I have my GDrive set as a folder inside OneDrive, which provides both data security and data availability. Note that this setup requires that the GDrive folder be stored offline using the appropriate OneDrive setting, or GDrive cannot find or sync any data.

I store my teaching materials on a flash drive for using at work. I need a copy at home, but I also store them online for my teaching website. To simplify all this, I set my website to pull files directly from GDrive. I store my teaching files on a folder stored locally in GDrive (and nested in OneDrive), and I use symbolic links to put this folder in an easy to access location, such as my desktop. Then, I use FreeFileSync to sync files between the desktop link and my flash drive.

There’s some redundancy there, for sure, but it’s a solution that reduces the amount of necessary management.

 

Cloud storage is immensely useful for data security and accessibility purposes. Most tech enthusiasts recognize that WebDAV is one of the best (default) solutions for creating mappings to online storage. In fact, this website is backed up to DropBox and Box.com through mapped WebDAV connections.

How can WebDAV be used with OneDrive?

One solution is through using the OneDrive user link. TechAttend has a tutorial for standard accounts, but there are updated tutorials here. Basically, open OneDrive in the web for a URL containing the customer ID. Map the folder with customer ID as a drive, then input the username and password when required, and if using two-factor authentication, generate an app password instead of the standard user password. There is a script to do this here.

Another solution is less secure, but can also be used with Google Drive. CarotDAV is a portable tool that stores user logins in unencrypted XML, but does allow users to map drives to the CarotDAV server, which maps to a single letter. It is automatic and easy to use.

WebDAV solutions, however, are slow and inaccurate, so don’t depend on them for everything!