Can I sync files to OneDrive cloud only, and not on my local drive?


  1. Posts : 107
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 20H2
       #1

    Can I sync files to OneDrive cloud only, and not on my local drive?


    C drive contains the OS and Program Files.
    External D drive contains all my documents, pictures, etc.
    Since D contains files that I want to back up nightly (and so does C to some extent), I need another place to put everything, which would be OneDrive.

    The problem is, when putting files on OneDrive, they are also automatically placed in the OneDrive folder on C, which doesn't have enough space.

    Is there a way to do backups so that everything goes to OneDrive in the cloud only?
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  2. Posts : 68,303
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello,

    You can turn on "Files on demand" for OneDrive like below...

    Mark OneDrive Files as Always keep on this device in Windows 10

    ....and use "Free up space" like below to have your files online-only.

    Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 107
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 20H2
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello,

    You can turn on "Files on demand" for OneDrive like below...

    Mark OneDrive Files as Always keep on this device in Windows 10

    ....and use "Free up space" like below to have your files online-only.

    Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10
    Thanks. Yes, that's good when I can be here to babysit the computer. :)
    The problem is, OneDrive mirrors all files to C, which is small, so there's no way I can do unattended backups nightly. Even if I did multiple small backups, I'd still have to manually free up space on C before the next backup begins, which is not really practical.
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  4. Posts : 68,303
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #4

    You could use Storage Sense below to automatically make them online-only, but the lowest is after 1 day of not being opened, so not sure that would work for this.

    Automatically Make OneDrive Files On-Demand Online-only in Windows 10

    You could change the location of OneDrive to be another drive or partition if available other than the ones you back up.

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10
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