My situation:

I'm using SharePoint 2013. I have a network share with lots of files but i want it to replicate with a SharePoint library. so the clients can see the files on the network share and in SharePoint itself.

is this possible? or is there another solution?

  • you may opt to move your files into SharePoint (if you have large files, your SharePoint Database will increase a lot); then you can make Map Network Drive using the http address of site. Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 13:24

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This will get to be a muddy solution. Your best bet is to use one as the source and have the other 'spoof' it.

I would propose loading it all up in SharePoint, and then attach to the library as a network drive.

If you wanted to keep it all on the network drive, you could use a 3rd party solution to browse it in SP, or crawl it with search and customize a search web part.

If you reaaalllyy want a sync scenario, you might be able to use SkyDrive Pro, which treats libraries like DropBox does. You'll need a computer always running to monitor and handle the sync.


  • Its not necessary to keep all files. I could just move the files actually and place them to another drive or place them back. But how will i load it all in SharePoint and attach it to a library as a network drive? Can you hand me out the steps! Thankyou!
    – bawo
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 14:14
  • When you browse to a library in SharePoint, the ribbon has an option to Open with Explorer option: screencast.com/t/OkUOXcCzQQ2. Click that and it should open in Windows Explorer. From there you can drag in your files, and also map a drive to it by going to Tools > Map Network Drive in the window. Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 14:19
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    On more thing, the Open with Explorer option is only available for IE. Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 14:20

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