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Windows 7: Onedrive, The Cloud , Confused

22 Apr 2015   #1
AjayK47

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Onedrive, The Cloud , Confused

I have today had a go at setting up onedrive for the first time on WIN 7 and using Office 365 which it came free with 1TB of storage.

Is it really correct that I therefore have to keep all my files twice, once where I have always put them and once in the onedrive folder?

Does this also mean that every time I create a new document I have to save it to two different locations?

If the data in the onedrive folder is "in The Cloud" why is it actually still a real file in the onedrive folder rather than just a file name whose contents are in The Cloud.

Sorry but very confused and any help appreciated.


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22 Apr 2015   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

If you wish to use One Drive you can & only have one copy of the file available. The advantage of One Drive is that you can access that file wherever you are, so you can access it from another computer, or someone else can access it if they have the necessary authority.
Having the file stored on your computer will provide more security, but if your computer has a major crash you may lose the file if you don't have a separate back up & One Drive can be used for this purpose.
If you want to have a back up copy then saving to two locations is a good idea, your computer for one & One Drive for the other.
One Drive is Microsoft's name for their version of the Cloud.
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22 Apr 2015   #3
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

In addition to what Ranger said:

Can I choose other folders besides the OneDrive folder to sync too?

You can't choose other folders to sync, but you can redirect certain folders such as your Desktop and folders in libraries to your OneDrive folder. You can also add subfolders from your OneDrive folder to libraries to make them easier to work with in File Explorer. For example, if you have a folder of vacation photos in OneDrive, you can include it in the Pictures library in Windows 7 or Windows 8. To learn how to do this, see Include folders in a library.
more...

OneDrive desktop app for Windows: FAQ - OneDrive Help
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22 Apr 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

Believe me you want that hard copy on your machine of what's stored in the cloud.

A convenient way to root your User folders like Documents or more in the Cloud with OneDrive for storage and syncing to all devices is in tutorial under my pic below.
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23 Apr 2015   #5
AjayK47

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for your responses but I am still confused and maybe have not explained myself properly.

Having set up OneDrive on Windows 7 it has created a new folder called "OneDrive". My understanding is that any folders/files I want backed up to "The Cloud" have to be in this "OneDrive" folder which is on my C: drive. This surely means that I am duplicating every file that I want backed up to "The Cloud" twice on my hard drive? Once in the normal Documents location that I would always save to and once in the "OneDrive" folder. This seems a waste of hard drive space and requires additional effort and every new file I create I will have to remember to save to both the normal and the "OneDrive" location?
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23 Apr 2015   #6
gregrocker

 

You can place the file in the OneDrive folder and then make a shortcut to it on the Desktop by right clicking the file to Create Shortcut. You can also do this with the Documents or any other User folder so that when a shortcut is created of a OneDrive file you just drag it to the Documents shortcut on the desktop and it will drop it in that folder.

Once again you can also root your User folders like Documents in the OneDrive Folder which will cause all of your Documents to be stored in the Cloud. If you do this on your other devices then these will also be sync'd with the latest version. Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with OneDrive
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23 Apr 2015   #7
AjayK47

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Once again you can also root your User folders like Documents in the OneDrive Folder which will cause all of your Documents to be stored in the Cloud. If you do this on your other devices then these will also be sync'd with the latest version. Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with OneDrive
Sorry but what do you mean by "You can root your user folders like Documents in the OneDrive Folder?"?
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23 Apr 2015   #8
gregrocker

 

If you'll click on the blue link it provides a tutorial about how to do this.
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25 May 2015   #9
AjayK47

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I'm still a bit confused about my options here however I don't think I want to relocate the location of my User Folders to be within the Onedrive Folder due to the impact this could have on other programs running which only point to the default location of the User Folders.

I accept therefore that I may need to keep two locations on my C: in sync with each other - that being my default User Folder location for Documents, Photos etc. and the same in the Onedrive folder.

I was wondering if there was an easy way to achieve this and I see Microsoft has a piece of software called "Sync Toy" which I could run manually or on a schedule to always make sure the contents of the Onedrive folder are the same as the files in the default User Folders.

Has anyone had any experience of this software and will it do what I require?
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25 May 2015   #10
ethan11james

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

when you install one drive in PC folder create name with one drive in your Hard drive. sign in with your one drive account and save your file in PC one drive folder. When you connect from Internet files between cloud and PC automatically synchronized so your file safe in cloud. every time you no need to visit website or upload file. just put your files in local PC one drive folder
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