Windows 10: How do I utilize OneDrive for freeing up storage space?

  1.    06 Nov 2015 #1

    How do I utilize OneDrive for freeing up storage space?


    I have a lot of photos on Dropbox and wanted to switch them over to OneDrive, as my Dropbox was full and I have unlimited OneDrive space so I may as well utilize it, but after moving everything over, all the photos are showing up in the OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer. The folder is taking up the same amount of space as what I had saved to Dropbox. What is the point of OneDrive cloud space if I have to download everything to my desktop anyway? Please help, there has to be something I'm missing
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  2.    06 Nov 2015 #2

    Once everything is uploaded to OneDrive you can right click on the onedrive icon in your taskbar and select "settings". Open the "Account" tab then "choose folders" and deselect the folders you want only in the cloud. This will delete them from your PC but leave them on OneDrive.

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    It would probably be a good idea to make a local copy also.

    See this though regarding unlimited storage... MS Downgrades free Onedrive storage, ends unlimited for Office 365 - Windows 10 Forums
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    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Nov 2015 #3

    Right click the OneDrive icon in notification area, select Settings:

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    Select the Account tab, click Choose folders:

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    Unselect Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive, then manually select only those folders you want to keep synced under Sync these folders only. Leave all unselected if you do not want any of the OneDrive content being synced to your local computer:

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    Kari
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  4.    06 Nov 2015 #4

    Thanks guys!!!

    What would happen if I chose "unlink onedrive"? Could I not then use onedrive from my browser like a separate entity?
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    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Nov 2015 #5

    Abc123 said: View Post
    Thanks guys!!!

    What would happen if I chose "unlink onedrive"? Could I not then use onedrive from my browser like a separate entity?
    Exactly the opposite: you could then use OneDrive only from browser. If you are sure you will never sync your files to local PC, this is a good option.
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  6.    06 Nov 2015 #6

    Kari said: View Post
    Exactly the opposite: you could then use OneDrive only from browser. If you are sure you will never sync your files to local PC, this is a good option.
    Great, this is what I will do, thanks so much
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  7.    06 Nov 2015 #7

    Abc123 said: View Post
    What is the point of OneDrive cloud space if I have to download everything to my desktop anyway? Please help, there has to be something I'm missing
    The point is two fold.

    First, you end up with a second copy of your data, one on your computer and one in the cloud. So, its like a backup.

    Second, having the second copy locally means that you can edit files and such even when you are not online.

    In your case, if saving space is what you need, then doing what is suggested above is the right way to accomplish that task.
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       06 Nov 2015 #8

    What would happen if I chose "unlink onedrive"? Could I not then use onedrive from my browser like a separate entity?
    This is exactly what I did. So might as well disable onedrive from Startup in your PC: one less process to run a startup.
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  9.    07 Nov 2015 #9

    topgundcp said: View Post
    This is exactly what I did. So might as well disable onedrive from Startup in your PC: one less process to run a startup.
    Good idea, thanks a lot
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