OneDrive and two PCs Documents Folder

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    WINDOWS 10

    OneDrive and two PCs Documents Folder

    Hello, I have an older Dell All-inOne PC running windows 10. I keep most of my files in the - This PC\ Documents folder. I started using oneDrive to backup my Documents folder. I think when I set this up I just copied the This PC\Documents folder to OnDrive so I now have OneDrive\Documents. I always work on the local Documents folder and periodically get any new files to OneDrive\Documents as a backup.

    I recently got a new Lenovo laptop. After logging on the first time I realized that my OneDrive files could be seen/accessed from the new Lenovo. But now on the new Lenovo I see that my local Documents (This PC\Documents) seem to be populated with all the OneDrive\documents files. I'm not sure how they got to my local hard drive (This PC\Documents). Are OneDrive files automatically copied to my local Documents folder? Thanks - Brad
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    Windows 10 IoT

    No, not as far as I know. Not unless you tell it to sync the two. My guess is you may have done that during the Windows 10 setup without realizing it.
    Try this, on the new Lenovo right click the One Drive icon in the notifications area and select settings. Lower right corner of the screen down by the clock. You may have to click the up arrow ^ to see the icon.
    Click the Auto Save tab, then see what is set in the Update Folders option. I have that all disabled as I select the option not to protect during Windows 10 setup.
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home

    rondebbs said:
    ... Are OneDrive files automatically copied to my local Documents folder? Thanks - Brad
    Not exactly. If you right-click This PC\Documents and select the Location tab, you will see that it is pointing to C:\Users\<UserName>\OneDrive\Documents. So your files aren't being copied to your local Documents folder (C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents (it's most likely empty)). They are being saved directly to the OneDrive folder because the OneDrive\Documents folder has been designated as your local Documents folder.

    If you want your new machine to behave like the old one, go to OneDrive settings, select the Auto-save tab, click the Update folders button, and turn off "protection" for all folders. This should move your files to the default Documents folder and only files moved/saved to the OneDrive\Documents folder will be synced.

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    WINDOWS 10
    Thread Starter

    You are exactly right Keith. My userid/Documents is empty and it is using OneDrive\Documents as the Documents folder on the new Lenovo. I went ahead into OneDrives Settings and did the "Stop Protecting" so the new PC will work like the old. Now on the new Lenovo when I go to "Documents" it shows a kind of shortcut that says "Where are my files". If I click on that little shortcut icon it takes me to OneDrive\Documents. I'll probably need to do a one time copy of OneDrive\documents to Documents and I would think I would be good. Thanks for your help.
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