Mark files as can not be deleted
Currently, when I delete a OneDrive file on a client (phone/tablet/laptop), the file gets deleted on OneDrive and on all other clients. This is the right thing for many situations.
HOWEVER, there are some situations where I want to ensure files are not deleted. Examples are using OneDrive for backups or archiving (e.g. photos/videos).
It would be great to be able to mark files as can not be deleted.
Thanks for the suggestion. This isn’t something we are likely to get to in the near future.
Andrew Eugene commented
Should request a secure pin before deleting selected files.
This an issue that needs to be addressed with OneOnedrive.
This is horrific. I had no idea Onedrive did this. I've just watched my entire photography portfolio disappear before my eyes due to freeing up some space on a tablet. I feel like an idiot (not for deleting files on a tablet but for using Onedrive as a backup for something so important). I'm currently trying to re-upload everything but I have no idea if I'll cover everything (I guess I'll find out if my HD breaks...). Is Onedrive just not meant for serious/business use?
At least it's forcing me to get everything sorted for cloud backup so I can use another service but I really expected better from Microsoft.
Chad Christensen commented
As a business customer of Office 365 with hundreds of licenses, I find it troubling that OneDrive doesn't not have a feature set that a typical file on your desktop has. This is why we are looking at other options as OneDrive does not suit our needs. This includes file security, AND when sharing a folder to someone they have the ability to see it as a mapped folder on their desktop vs only using it online. Very frustrating. Microsoft - you need to wake up to your customers or you'll LOOSE THEM!!
This is crazy that it isn't a feature. I put all the pics of my kids on the cloud. So some one could pick up my iPad and just delete all of my pics in seconds? That's dumb. I should be able to get a notification that some one is attempting to do this and must get premission before proceeding.
This is very insecure IMO
Most definitely essential. Disgruntled employee just deleted all files. I will not work on OneDrive without this security feature. We have had no end of issues using OneDrive and this is the last straw. My company will not use Microsoft Cloud hereafter.
Greg Sundahl commented
Locking a folder and making it unable to be moved or deleted would be great! OneDrive deleted all of my photos (200+gb) after syncing with my desktop. The hours to restore and re-organize was a mess! I'm trying to use OneDrive as my online storage for family photos and documents, but am not 100% convinced it operates completely safely.
I concur with JeffB!
I've just started playing with Onedrive and accidentally moved an audio to my iPhone and to my surprise...it's now off the cloud too. In my humble opinion, this defeats the idea of safe and secure storage. There, logically, should be some indication of what you're about to do, and or, the ability to lock certain devices out. Please reconsider your position on this matter.
please reconsider this feature, it is absolutely needed.....
Great idea. Something simple I'd like to see added as well especially when files are synchronized with Windows. Something malicious or just stupidity (more the latter for myself) could really scupper my files,
Jorge Constanza commented
Worst than deleting your own photos is NOT HAVING IT BACKED UP!
The onedrive app does not fully backup your photos! IT´S A BUG! Please vote for them to fix it fast!
Now that all my family photos and home videos are in the cloud I worry that someone will accidentally delete it from one of the devices and I don't notice for over a month. All of a sudden everything erased from existence from all devices. What a tragedy!
I believe in one drive very much. its awesome. But this problem of files getting deleted from the cloud storage when we delete in the system folder of one drive needs to be resolved fast.
Robin Molnar commented
Yes, I'd like to have the option to mark folders as non-deletable.
I agree with OP's request. Actually I wrote a similar thing:
- Allow us to make folders “read only” on the web and in the client, thus protecting the online copy from accidental modifications, deleting, attacks of malware or crypto lockers etc.
Recycle bin is not a solution, it's a fix after damage has been done already. Without file versioning there are still ways to lose data. Also, if someone/something deletes your files you're not notified, so if you have a large library in OneDrive this can get unnoticed for a long time. And there is a possibility these files are online-only, so making them read-only in Windows file system doesn't help. So suggestions by Anonymous (A & B) are just not enough.
A) you can use read-only within Windows
B) if a file is accidentally deleted, you can still get it back from the recycle bin
Yes, perhaps a 2 stage protected mode that prevents accidents deletion.
David Jacobs commented
Excuse my ignorance but I use One Drive extensively in the on a windows Nokia phone but have never been able to find the menu to delete or move files can u help David