How to move your U: Drive to OneDrive

Why Move My U: Drive File to OneDrive?

OneDrive has several advantages over the U: Drive

  • One terabyte (TB) of storage. That's 1,000 GB!
  • Accessible from anywhere on the Internet without using a VPN connection
  • Accessible from iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Easily share files with others, even if they are not part of the Western community
  • Edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and OneNote notebooks using Web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on a computer that does not have Microsoft Office installed.

Caution - Don't Move your Web Page or Outlook archives to OneDrive!

If you still use U:\myWeb to host a personal web page, leave that folder with all those files on your U: Drive. 

Outlook archives (files with names like archive.pst) should not be stored in OneDrive. While you can store a copy in OneDrive for safe keeping, the Outlook client should connect only to archive files stored on the C: Drive or U: Drive.

Upload your U: Drive files and folders to OneDrive

  1. From mywestern.wwu.edu, click the Office 365 icon at the top and sign in with your username@wwu.edu
  2. Click the OneDrive icon
  3. Click the Upload button in OneDrive and select Files or Folder. Keep in mind that the larger the files, and the more you select, the longer it will take to upload. If you have a lot of files and folders, it might be a good idea to upload one folder at a time. If the contents of the folders are small, you can consolidate multiple folders into a parent folder to upload (the interface allows you to upload only one folder at a time, but you can select multiple individual files by holding Shift as you click to select a range, or Ctrl as you click to select multiple files). 
  4. A window will open that allows you to browse to your U: Drive and then to the files or folder you wish to upload. Select the files or folder to upload and click the Upload button.

OneDrive Upload Button

Clean Up

After you have verified that all your data file (not myWeb!) are moved to OneDrive, they can be deleted from your U: Drive. This way you will not get confused about what is the recent copy.