OneDrive Perpetual Syncing Issue

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  1. simrick's Avatar
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    OneDrive Perpetual Syncing Issue


    Hi.
    I have a friend's Dell Latitude E5550 with Win10Pro v1903 on it. Just purchased and installed O365, so now he gets 1TB online storage and wants to take advantage of that.

    I am not a big OneDrive user, so not really familiar with it. I goofed up trying to setup syncing the first time, and ended up creating a new user so I could start all over again. This time, I setup OneDrive and let it do its thing. It pops up this window to sync:
    OneDrive Perpetual Syncing Issue-image.png

    (That's fine, but it sure would be nice to be able to choose which particular folders are synced.)

    I right-clicked and selected "Always keep on this device".

    And now, I seem to have 2 folders which are perpetually syncing:

    OneDrive Perpetual Syncing Issue-image.png


    I think this has something to do with the junctions My Music, My Pictures and My Videos, but that's just a guess. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
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  2. Edwin's Avatar
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    Did you find Settings in the System Tray?
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  3. simrick's Avatar
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    Edwin said:
    Did you find Settings in the System Tray?
    Yes, Edwin. Clicking on Settings>Backup>Manage Backup gives me the useless box above "Manage Folder Backup".
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    simrick said:
    Yes, Edwin. Clicking on Settings>Backup>Manage Backup gives me the useless box above "Manage Folder Backup".
    Are there no other Settings?
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  5. simrick's Avatar
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    I think I figured it out.
    Seems there were several *.LNK files in both Desktop and Documents. Once I removed them, the sync completed.
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  6. simrick's Avatar
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    I'm thinking I don't like this solution. I like to put a link on the desktop for a Macrium Emergency Backup for the owner of the system, so that if things are acting up for some reason, he can double-click the link, create a backup per my instruction set, and then call me for help. If I leave that link on the desktop, then the desktop will be perpetually syncing. Why???
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    simrick said:
    I'm thinking I don't like this solution. I like to put a link on the desktop for a Macrium Emergency Backup for the owner of the system, so that if things are acting up for some reason, he can double-click the link, create a backup per my instruction set, and then call me for help. If I leave that link on the desktop, then the desktop will be perpetually syncing. Why???
    Now that everything is synced, can you choose folders?
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  8. Golden's Avatar
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    Strange....is there something monitoring the desktop semi-continuously? AV? Something like that? Something that would make the files appear changed to OneDrive?
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    Edwin said:
    Now that everything is synced, can you choose folders?
    No. I can either chose to stop syncing, or keep syncing. It's really stupid. I can't believe this. I must be missing something.

    Looking at this page, it gives some of the errors:
    Back up your Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders with OneDrive - Office Support

    OneDrive Perpetual Syncing Issue-image.png

    And the last one is this:

    OneDrive Perpetual Syncing Issue-image.png


    Never, EVER did I get an error. I repeat, NEVER EVER. I had to guess! I had one *.lnk on the desktop to the Macrium backup xml. When I deleted that as a test, the desktop finished syncing. Why?


    Edwin, if I want to backup specific folders outside the realm of what MS backup automatically, I am forced to open File Explorer windows and drag the specific folder over to the OneDrive folder. That appears to be the only way to do it.
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    Golden said:
    Strange....is there something monitoring the desktop semi-continuously? AV? Something like that? Something that would make the files appear changed to OneDrive?
    Hi. There is an online backup program on here called IDrive. It runs once a day. AV is Defender.
    But once I removed the *.lnk files, the sync immediately completed. Like I said, Macrium have an option to make a shortcut on the desktop for the backup to run. When I deleted this as a test, the Desktop completed syncing. I then searched for any *.lnk files in Documents, deleted them, and syncing immediately completed. I don't understand why.
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