Connect to HiDrive Using WebDAV

To exchange data with HiDrive, you can connect your PC or Mac by using WebDav. Here we will show you how to proceed using Windows 10 as an example.

If you use WebDav, you do not need to install the HiDrive software on your PC or log into the online application.

Integrate HiDrive with WebDAV

  • Open the Windows Explorer.
  • Click on the entry This PC.
  • Select the Computer tab in the upper tab navigation.
  • On the toolbar, click Connect Network Drive.
  • In the menu that opens, select Connect network drive.
  • In the window that opens, specify Which network folder should be assigned? next to the Drive entry which drive that you want HiDrive to connect to via WebDav.
  • Enter this address in the Folder field: https://webdav.hidrive.ionos.com/
  • Confirm the process by clicking Finish.
  • In the following window, enter your HiDrive username and password in the corresponding fields and confirm your entries by clicking OK.

Now an Explorer window opens with the folders Public (shared files) and Users. With this, you are connecting HiDrive as a network drive.

Establish a WebDAV Connection with the Net Use Command

Create a WebDAV share to HiDrive directly from the Windows command prompt and use the net use command to connect HiDrive to the network environment. This is how.

  • Windows 10:
    - Click the magnifying glass icon in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen.
    - Type cmd in the box and press Enter to start the Windows prompt.

    Windows 7:

    - Click the Windows icon in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen.
    - Click All Programs > Accessories > Run.
  • Type the following command in the Windows command prompt - you can also copy and paste it:

    net use S: https://webdav.onlinestorage.1and1.com/user:USERNAME PASSWORD /persistent:yes
  • Replace the USERNAME and PASSWORD value with your username and password from HiDrive.
  • Confirm by pressing the Enter key.

Use /persistent:yes to ensure that the share is restored when the computer restarts.

If you do not want a new connection, you can enter /persistent:no instead. In this case, the share is disconnected as soon as you shut down the computer.

If you start Windows Explorer, your HiDrive account will be displayed in the network environment with the Public and Users folders.

Fix Slow Connections

Default Windows network settings can cause delays in accessing the mounted HiDrive network. In this case, proceed as follows:

In the Windows 10 Start menu, enter Internet Options and select the Connections tab. Click LAN Settings. Remove the check mark for Automatically detect settings.

0-Byte Files

Files transferred via WebDAV that have not been uploaded correctly are stored in HiDrive files that are 0 bytes in size. These are files that were originally larger than 4 GB and therefore cannot be transferred via WebDAV. However, the operating system does not check the file size until after the upload has started. Accordingly, the upload is aborted and only one 0 byte file is stored in the new HiDrive file.

The 0 byte files can only be deleted in the web interface. Log in to HiDrive do this.

WebDAV: Increase Maximum File Size for Downloads (Windows)

The WebDAV protocol limits file sizes for uploading and downloading individual files. Under Windows, only individual files with a maximum size of 47 MB can be downloaded via WebDAV. For larger files you receive an error message (Error 0x800700DF).

The limitation can be raised to 4 GB in the Windows Registry:

To do this, enter regedit in the Windows search and confirm with Enter:

Navigate to the following entry in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/services/WebClient/Parameters

Right-click FileSizeLimitInBytes and choose Modify. Change the base to decimal and enter 4294967295 as the value. This corresponds to the maximum protocol size of 4 GB.