So you’ve signed up and downloaded the desktop client. You can then link your various remote sources (whether cloud storage or FTP servers, etc.) from your odrive home on web at www.odrive.com. You can also get there by clicking on the desktop tray icon in your sync client and selecting “Manage links” from the menu.
You will notice that you have an odrive folder in your user profile folder on your computer. You can click into any of the top-level folders which should match the storages you linked. No need to “drag in any cloud folder”… At this point, you could uninstall any other cloud storage sync clients and just use odrive.
Go to your odrive folder in your user profile directory. When you first click into your storage folder (e.g. Google Drive.cloudf), it will expand this folder and show you the contents of your storage without downloading anything. Everything is represented as a .cloud (placeholder for a file) or .cloudf (placeholder for a folder) file and takes up miniscule space on your computer’s hard drive.
Doubleclicking on a placeholder folder will expand that folder and show you its contents. Doubleclicking on a .cloud file will download it and open it so you can view/edit the file as normal. You can also right-click on a placeholder file or folder to sync it (e.g. if you want to expand an entire folder tree or download lots of stuff in a folder at once without opening the files).
Dragging in a new file into a folder will sync the contents to your outside clouds. Likewise, if you were to put something into an outside cloud directly, we would sync the change and you can see the new content from within your odrive folder.
When you’re done with a file, you could right-click to Unsync it to return it to a placeholder file (you currently get a 7-day trial of our Premium plan which includes Unsync capabilities). This is useful if you have a lot of content in your clouds and want to save local disk space on your computer.
That’s all you need to get started with odrive. Does that help / answer your questions? Please feel free to keep asking away.
P.S. There are some more useful links on this FAQ forum list: Where can I get more information about odrive features, pricing, use cases, FAQs, and general functionality?