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Enable differential sync (only sync parts of the files that changed)

Today OneDrive implements differential sync only for Office files (that is, syncing only the changes made to the file, instead of the entire file). It would be a significant improvement for this capability to work against any files in OneDrive - so smaller changes to a file would result in less data needing to be transmitted, meaning less time to sync changes back and forth, and more efficient use of network bandwidth.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Completely ridiculous that Microsoft has not implemented this, considering Dropbox has been able to do this for years!!!!!

      • Geoff Faulkner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This was on the Q2 roadmap for OneDrive, but it's now Q4. Do you have any update to this? Differential sync is a very necessary feature.

      • Uli André Armbruster commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As long as the so called delta sync is missing, OneDrive is no option. Dropbox supports this for many years now. If you're using truecrypt/veracrypt container, always the full size has to be transfered. No chance with a 10 GB container :(

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        October, 2017: I'm glad to FINALLY have files on-demand back, but I've been waiting for incremental sync even longer. Any updates?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Actually this feature is supported by Dropbox and one of the main reasons because a lot of users I know don’t like OneDrive (many don’t know technically why by they say sync is dramatically lower in OneDrive).

      • Caleb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd really like to see this implemented. Would really help when working with large CAD files.

      • A commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        September is ending with no news. Three years thinking...

      • Stewart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be really helpful for me as I have a very limited data allocation each month (50gb) for all of our household (Broadband not spot) using a very expensive provider satellite system. Currently sync'ing my one drive has to be regualted to periods where I take the laptop to a public library to use their alloaction.
        Being able to sync where only the changed files (all of them) are updated would mean we can have an up to date one drive.
        Please do give it some serious thought; I cannot be the only one with limited access

      • Nirudha Perera commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Does this actually help much in binary compressed formats such as a docx/jpg/psd/pdf etc? It would work great on an XML or TXT file but not sure if that is all that important now.

      • Sluice commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We've got 4 days left for this to come in Q2! Come on Microsoft, digital extraction time.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft: This item created in 2014. And you're still just THINKING ABOUT IT.
        Why not just say "No, we don't care what you think, we're going to do other things."?

      • Joseph Vitale commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This should be a priority. Because of this, i have had data overages on hotspot of $500 and up more than once.

      • Tom Tucker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wish OneDrive sync was as fast as BitTorrent Sync (now Resilio)
        We switched to OneDrive when MS Teams came out and like it but miss the speed of BitTorrent Sync

      • Jeremy Cath commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        for me this would be a big advantage... I use a couple of VMs that I want to be able to store in my OneDrive folder so it's easier to go between machines using the same image... but because it means syncing the VM every time there's a change rather than just delta's it's not practical

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