Exclude folders inside OneDrive Folder from synching.
Right now if you choose a folder inside Onedrive Folder to unsync that folder gets deleted from my PC. But I want that folder to remain in Onedrive Folder on my PC and not be syncing.
Thanks for the suggestion. Just being transparent that this is not something we’re likely to get to in the near future. If it just need to turn of sync temporarily, we now have pause available although this will apply to all folders.
Please upvote top ticket with the same request https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/913522-onedrive-on-windows/suggestions/18449926-reassess-the-possibility-to-ignore-or-exclude-sele
+1 for an ignore file please.
Paul J Sutton commented
Onedrive can be seen from two perspectives. Let's say my app data\microsoft\outlook folder contains my .pst or .ost files. When this/these files become fairly large, and are "included in onedrive" they constantly sync throughout the day. Using netmon, and monitoring my data usage through my ISP, it's easy to see that this traffic exceeds 100 GB per day, and even more.
So here's the dilemma. From the perspective of onedrive, excluding this app data/microsoft/outlook from onedrive means that from the perspective of onedrive, this folder should exist in the cloud, but not sync to the local machine. Not a very good solution for volatile outlook files. On the other hand, what I really want to do is to not have this folder being sent up to the cloud at all, i.e. not included in onedrive.
Onedrive is just "folder redirection" given another name. The intent is that the "real" copy of the files exists on the network server (folder redirection) or in the cloud (onedrive), and that a courtesy copy of the file exists on the local machine to speed access to it. But the "real" file exists on the server, and only a synchronized copy is local.
Here's what I want: I don't want my outlook files being constantly synchronized over or to the cloud. How do I accomplish that? Next-best solution would be to allow a user to stipulate that the local copy is the "real" copy and that the one on onedrive is effectively a backup of the local copy, and, ideally, there is a way of saying something along the lines of "only send a copy of this file up to the cloud once (or some stipulated periodicity) per day, and treat the local copy as the "real" file and the cloud copy as a glorified backup.
Like folder redirection before it, making the server or the cloud the primary repository of files would slow access if there were no local copy, and when there is a local copy, it's treated as a backup to the cloud copy. This imho, puts the cart before the horse. What I want the cloud to do is act as a backup to my primary, local copy, not supercede it.
Getting back to the original question, I do not want my outlook file synching constantly across the web in an effort to keep the primary file in the cloud updated. The traffic load is absurd; everytime a new email comes in, the file changes, and then the 250 MB file tries to update the cloud copy. How do I remove the .ost or .pst file from being in the cloud? BTW, the posts on how to do this from the onedrive side of things are out of date; no such option even exists as stated in online help.
To recap: I don't want onedrive to become the primary repository of my files; I want it to back up my local, primary copy, of my files.
Roland Harrison commented
Why is this not likely to happen? A .ignore file would be perfect. I love using one drive but I want to ignore build folders in visual studio, these thrash the disk every time I do a build and upload unnecessary files.
I think the responses from one drive are extreamly poor. Why ask for features and then say no to all of them.
As a business owener / coder this is just silly. You are telling you most popular users. Coders & software developers to get lost. At the moment im pretty sure 30% of your server load is due to people like me saturating my fibre line busy uploading totally useless tmp files to your server. Every day when I get to the office my laptop takes 30 minutes just to sync up all the unneeded temp folders.
This feature has nothing to do with how the cloud was / is designed. Its purely a client side functionality. When checking for changes, simply ignore the files specified in the .ignore file for that folder?
Wow!... this should really be part of your MVP at this point guys... Everybody else is doing it now... I really don't understand your point of leaving it to "Not right now" !!!!
Even more while using this app for Sharepoint libraries synching. It really makes librairies management a p.i.t.a
Pelle Åstrand commented
How can you tell not implementing this is a good idea if you don't let people vote for it? I'd have voted.
+1 and I find it appalling that it's closed for voting. Had I been given a choice, I would certainly be using Google Drive or Dropbox instead.
Ben C commented
With respect, Douglas, and thanks for the honesty, but that's a poor decision from a user perspective. It's common to need to exclude certain folders from uploading, so why there's no interest in providing this functionality, I really don't know, especially as Dropbox and Google Drive work exactly the same way. How about showing some originality in your product offering and making something that isn't a straight copy of the competitors? Oh wait, it's to make it as hard as possible for users to avoid the need to upgrade to a more expensive storage subscription, isn't it? Of course.
Why is this closed? I need this.
If someone wants to redirect their Documents folder to the OneDrive - Company folder then it all gets sync'd no matter what? It would be nice to exclude a folder that maybe had large ISO or something. They might still need to be in the documents folder but NOT need to be sync'd to OneDrive. There are lots of reasons to have an exclude or "Offline Only" option.
Mauricio Morales commented
This is archived as a Windows feature, but should also apply to OneDrive for Mac.
Not only does this need to be folder-level exclusions, but file-type exclusions. I represent a small Microsoft Partner and one of our customers is on the verge of ditching Office 365 because OneDrive/SharePoint for Business keeps screwing up with sync issues - one of the causes seems to be that desktop.ini keeps clashing and messing up sync relationships... For <deity's> sake Microsoft, sort it out!
AvisErised 143 commented
I'm with Kresten - MS, please leave this one open to vote!
Kresten Birkegaard Gregersen commented
This seems to be very relavant- here are a couple of similar issues, one with 170 votes and the other with 140 votes:
@MS: please let the vote stay open so you can at least determine the demand!
I would like to see OneDrive for Business to have the same feature that OneDrive Personal has which is to be able to exclude folders from being synched.