Moving OneDrive folders and files to new PO

  1. Posts : 18
    W10 64

    Moving OneDrive folders and files to new PO

    Hi -

    I have a laptop with about 68GB of OneDrive sync'd data. I now have a new laptop which I am setting up and it will replace my old laptop.

    I've done some online research on this but not found an answer I trust.

    What is the best way to do migrate all my data to the new machine?

    1) Let OneDrive automatically sync with my new PC and use 68GB of my 250GB monthly allotment?

    2) I could manually move the data over - as we did in the old days - and then turn on OneDrive and "hopefully" let it sync and realize that same data is on the new laptop and not download or create other copies.

    Does anyone know or have tried manually moving the data over to a new machine? How does OneDrive react?

    I tried with one folder and it seems to work where it did not download the folder again or create a second copy. I tried another folder and it started downloading (syncing).

    Bottom line is I'd prefer to manually move all the folders and files (copy) from my old laptop to my new laptop's OneDrive but don't know how well this will play out. Nothing on Microsoft's OneDrive sit or elsewhere on this specifically that I've found. Thanks
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  2. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503

    I'd say stop OneDrive on both computers then go ahead and copy the data over. You can use a big flash drive or your home network. Network is probably better and will not affect your data usage since it should all be within your local network.

    Once done, start OneDrive on both and all should be well.
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  3. Posts : 18
    W10 64
    Thread Starter

    Your suggestion worked perfectly. I waited a few days to make sure that the bandwidth did not count - and it did not. All transfers over my home network were good. After I turned OneDrive back on the new machine digested the changes and compared itself to OneDrive but no copies or downloads occurred. Thanks
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