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Turning On/ Off Files On Demand in OneDrive And Preventing Duplicate Files

OneDrive is an internet-based cloud storage network with a vast chunk of the room that Microsoft provides free to those with a Microsoft account. It is also accessible to those having registered windows ten operating software. Think of it like a virtual hard disk that you will swap with several additional perks tossed in. One of the most significant advantages: OneDrive works smoothly on Windows 10 with all features and benefits.

OneDrive’s Files On-Demand is a revolutionary function that arrives with the latest Windows Update, enabling you to view all the data saved on the cloud via File Explorer.  There will be no need to synchronize them manually as it will be using the disk space of the computer.

OneDrive also offers selective sync, which can import files to your computer, which can take up quite much space. Contrarily, only bits of knowledge regarding a file is retained locally in Files on-demand. This is a more straightforward and more secure solution, enabling you to access all of your file set without being worried and losing local storage. When working with the file, double-click on the placeholder to make sure the download is complete and click-open the file with an application.

How to on/off OneDrive online on-demand

As soon as you open OneDrive, it will prompt you to turn on the option “Files On-Demand” when setting up initially. Still, if that doesn’t happen, these steps can be used to enable or disable the File On-demand feature.

Right-click on the OneDrive icon present on the notification bar of Taskbar and then click on settings.

Under the dialog box of Microsoft OneDrive in settings, a Files on-demand tab will be opened, check the mark of ‘Save space and download files as you use them.’

Click ok

How to make OneDrive files available offline

You can make data available offline in two separate ways. To initiate a download, you can either double-click each file individually, or right-click the multiple files, and select Always keep on this device.

Any new files or folders that you create on other devices will always be synchronized to the computer after you mark items as Always keep on this device. Otherwise, raw files and directories would only exist online.

Telling which files are available offline and online-only

You can note that editing your files in File Explorer now gets a new status badge in the bottom-left corner, after allowing OneDrive Files On-Demand. Those codes inform you whether the files and directories are either accessible online or offline.

It indicates that the file is accessible only while you are linked to the internet and that it does not utilize local resources. To finish copying, you’ll need to double-click the file and open it with a browser.

Only files that you have classified as “Always keep on this device” can see this tag, and they use local storage space too.

Preventing duplicate files

Based on how system modules develop, there are device bugs that may resurface. All of them are to locate and delete redundant files installed on your Windows 10 device.

More than a decade ago, hard drives were fairly costly, particularly those with greater size, so people preferred the smaller models that were in an acceptable price range.

This means you had to keep an eye on the limited storage room and perform daily cleanups to delete unneeded data saved on your hard drive.

The first item people started to look for was redundant data, since that was the most convenient way to free up space.

And when you transfer files to your OneDrive, they’ll be linked back to that position and then on your C: path.

To stop this:

  • Don’t use the setting “save space” but create a folder on your OneDrive (“backup” or similar) first.
  • Delete the “Backup” folder from the list of synced files.
  • Upload your data through your computer (or a backup application) into the “Backup” tab.
  • Your work data will end up on the OneDrive servers, but your machine will not be synced up.

An alternative method is:

  • Unlink OneDrive from your computer.
  • Add your account (restart your computer).
  • Choose the location for OneDrive to be on your drive E:
  • Move your work files from E:\somewhere into E:\<yourOneDrive>

You may also use the OneDrive Duplicate Scanning feature in Cloud Duplicate Finder to eliminate duplicate files, all at once exclusively on the cloud-level. 

By Vikas Medhekar

Vikas Medhekar is an Indian Marathi. He has accomplished MBA in Financial Markets and Master of Commerce (Management). As a tech enthusiast, he loves to write blogs on technology and computers during his spare time.

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