If you link your OneDrive account to your PC or a laptop, it stores the local copies of the files in a folder on the hard drive of your PC. The default location of such a folder is:
where [User] is your Windows login name. This way, if you are traveling and not connected to the Internet, you could still work with the local copies of your files, and later on, when you do connect to the Internet, they would be synchronized with the cloud.
This is convenient, but what if you lose your laptop, or someone steals it? They would be able to reset your Windows password and get an unrestricted access to all your files on the laptop, including the ones in the OneDrive folder.
If you are concerned about such a possibility (and you should!), to protect your files and documents from other people, you should move them to encrypted storage, such as a Virtual Encrypted Drive that you could set up with our software USBCrypt.
Moving the regular files and folders into an encrypted drive is easy: you could just drag and drop them with Explorer. However, moving the special folders, such as OneDrive is a bit tricky. We show how to do it below.
Before we begin, we assume that you have already used USBCrypt to create a Virtual Encrypted Disk and you have started it with the drive letter Q:. (Of course, if you chose another letter to attach to the Virtual Encrypted Disk, modify the following steps accordingly.)
If you have not linked the PC to your OneDrive account yet, skip the first steps and go directly to Step 3. Otherwise, before you could move the existing OneDrive folder to an encrypted drive, you must unlink the PC from the OneDrive account first.
Step 1. Unlink the PC from the OneDrive account.
Locate the OneDrive taskbar notification icon, right-click it, and choose Settings from the menu:
There, select the Account tab, and click on Unlink this PC:
Confirm that you do want to unlink the PC (don't worry, we will link it back in a short while). Now we are ready to move the OneDrive folder to the encrypted drive.
Step 2. Move the OneDrive folder.
Open Explorer (or another file management application, if you have one, such as our AB Commander) and navigate to the parent folder of the current OneDrive folder. As we mentioned above, usually it is C:\Users\[User]\OneDrive, where [User] is your Windows login name. So, open the parent folder, C:\Users\[User], and select OneDrive:
While OneDrive folder is still selected, click on Home in the menu bar, and then click on Move To:
Select Choose location and then select the parent folder where you want the OneDrive folder to be located. In our example, we want to move it to an encrypted drive Q:, so we would select the drive Q: as the destination folder:
Step 3. Link the PC to the new location of the OneDrive folder.
Now open the Settings window for OneDrive again (see Step 1 above), but this time click on Add an account, to link this PC back to your OneDrive account. Enter your OneDrive email, password, but before you press Next to set up OneDrive at the default location, click the Change location link:
Now navigate to the encrypted drive (which is drive Q: in our example), and select the OneDrive folder there:
You will probably see the message telling you that the folder already contains some files in it, that's expected, tell it to use this location:
Finish the linking of the PC by selecting the folders of your OneDrive account that you want to be synchronized to this PC, and that's it, your OneDrive folder is now encrypted and ready for use!
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