Windows 10: Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 3,293
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.191 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       01 Aug 2017 #10

    Oh, there must be a BETA BUG then. For me OneDrive works exactly as it was designed to do, except for one thing. Sometimes the file status icons in Explorer don't get updated properly. Shows as syncing though it's already locally available.
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  2.    03 Aug 2017 #11

    slicendice said: View Post
    Oh, there must be a BETA BUG then. For me OneDrive works exactly as it was designed to do.
    If that was the design it is a mistake and even from their choice of icons it makes no sense.

    If you want to revert the ones the ones that are not explicitly "Always available off line" to online only to free space, you can't.

    That is to say, I can't free space of those that downloaded themselves and not free space for the ones I decided to be always available.

    It is a shame as it is generally better implemented than the placeholders in Windows 8 - "Online only" files take 0 bytes rather than the 4k each the placeholders took for example.

    Perhaps it is just a bug, as you say, but it certainly doesn't currently work the way common sense would indicate.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.191 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       03 Aug 2017 #12

    lx07 said: View Post
    If that was the design it is a mistake and even from their choice of icons it makes no sense.

    If you want to revert the ones the ones that are not explicitly "Always available off line" to online only to free space, you can't.

    That is to say, I can't free space of those that downloaded themselves and not free space for the ones I decided to be always available.

    It is a shame as it is generally better implemented than the placeholders in Windows 8 - "Online only" files take 0 bytes rather than the 4k each the placeholders took for example.

    Perhaps it is just a bug, as you say, but it certainly doesn't currently work the way common sense would indicate.
    What icon choices? A green icon for locally available, a cloud for available but is currently online only and the sync icon for sync. Makes totally sense to me. If you are referring to the icon where you have an empty folder and it's marked as available offline, then that is correct too, as there is nothing to download. You already see the folder, thus locally available. :)

    I can make files local, one at a time, multiple files at a time, single folder and multiple folders at a time, or whole OneDrive at once. I can also free up space one file at a time, multiple files at a time, one folder at a time, multiple folders at a time and the whole OneDrive in one blow.

    Isn't that how it's supposed to work?
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  4.    03 Aug 2017 #13

    slicendice said: View Post
    Isn't that how it's supposed to work?
    How I understand it you have 3 status.

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    These are (from the top)

    1. Online (a file which has not been downloaded). This is a placeholder for stuff just in the cloud.
    2. A file that has been downloaded. This is stuff that you haven't specifically said should be on your device but has downloaded as you looked at a picture or ran a program that downloaded its dependencies.
    3. Always offline. This is stuff you said should always be on your device.

    I want to push number 2 off my device as I didn't specifically say I wanted it. Unfortunately you can't do this.

    At the moment status 2 and 3 are treated the same when obviously they should not be. Status 3 you asked to be always on your device and status 2 you didn't.

    At the moment 2 and 3 are treated the same. This is either a bug or poor design.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.191 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       03 Aug 2017 #14

    lx07 said: View Post
    How I understand it you have 3 status.

    Name:  Capture.PNG
Views: 252
Size:  6.5 KB

    These are (from the top)

    1. Online (a file which has not been downloaded). This is a placeholder for stuff just in the cloud.
    2. A file that has been downloaded. This is stuff that you haven't specifically said should be on your device but has downloaded as you looked at a picture or ran a program that downloaded its dependencies.
    3. Always offline. This is stuff you said should always be on your device.

    I want to push number 2 off my device as I didn't specifically say I wanted it. Unfortunately you can't do this.

    At the moment status 2 and 3 are treated the same when obviously they should not be. Status 3 you asked to be always on your device and status 2 you didn't.

    At the moment 2 and 3 are treated the same. This is either a bug or poor design.
    Those 3 works great for me. No issues at all.
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  6. Posts : 7
    Win 10 Pro Insider v 1703
       12 Sep 2017 #15

    I have recently updated to Win 10 v 1703, mainly to get this feature to free up space. The option is available but when I select Free up Space it does not do anything, files and folders remain as local copies. Any suggestions?
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  7. Posts : 31,200
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       12 Sep 2017 #16

    Hello hgscott, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    How large is the file size? It may take a bit if it's real large.
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    Win 10 Pro Insider v 1703
       12 Sep 2017 #17

    Have only tried to get it to work with test files and folders. Around 9Mb total size.
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  9. Posts : 31,200
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       12 Sep 2017 #18

    That should be almost instant then.

    Go ahead and post a screenshot showing what you see with the context menu showing as well to see if anything may stand out.

    How to Upload and Post Screenshots and Files at Ten Forums Windows 10 Tutorials
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  10. Posts : 7
    Win 10 Pro Insider v 1703
       12 Sep 2017 #19

    Here are 2 screenshots context menus, one at folder lever, and one at individual file level. Notice three different status columns have been selected but none of them show OneDrive file status as per your screenshots in article. Trust images are clear enough.
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