this is really a huge step, which is highly welcome, even for my private / home hosted setup of nextcloud. Since the current “drive solution” for windows (net mounting a webdav) doens´t work with my configuration (as far as i understand, this is because SNI is not supported by windows).
WIthout any testing, i´d say, that virtual drives in my usecase are mostly useful to store an sync the private picture collection or even music collection. An option to make it all or some folders in the drive offline available is very much appreciated in this use case.
On the other side, i use todays desktop app to sync (and backup) specific folders which contain program settings, savegames, etc. between serveral workstations and notebooks. These are usually stored locally, some where deep in the %appdata% folders of each user´s account under windows.
I understand, that it could be possible to symlink all these folders / files to the new virtual drive, but i am not so sure, if the corrosponding software would handle broken symlinks very well - let say, the virual drive is not available (the app has been closed or crashed). I have tried to symlink under windows, when some programs didn´t allow to change storage folders (e.g. didn´t support network mounted drives). From my experience, i would predict that most programs are not prepared for a case, where a system path (like c:%username%\appdata) isn´t availiable anymore, resulting in crashes of the program and even possible data loss.
What do you think about these szenarios?
At the moment I´d vote for both possibilies to remain, if i was asked. But that may change after some testing…i´ll let you know.
Thanks for your great work sofar and by thus making me able to “take back control over my data”!