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Improve sync/upload/download speeds using the desktop client

I don't know what's the reason, but the integrated onedrive syncing in Windows 8.1 is terribly slow for me. For both uploading and downloading files, on multiples devices and on many different networks.

It feels like it's an issue with the desktop syncing, because through the web app I get way higher speeds.

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    Lukas Taves shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    boom! it's done  ·  Angus Logan responded  · 

    Yesterday we announced increased Sync client performance https://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-now-supports-10-gb-files/

    “As part of our push to continue improving the OneDrive desktop experience, we’ve increased the number of files that can be downloaded or uploaded at a given time on PCs and Macs. In internal tests, this parallel syncing netted an approximately threefold increase in syncing speed. Our performance enhancements have begun rolling out and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks.”

    I’ll flag this as completed but performance updates (similar to security are never really completed, they are always being worked on. Let me know if yo uwant this reopened.


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      • Lukas Taves commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm getting as we speak blazingly fast speeds of 0.8 KB/s.

        Like seriously. In a few minutes it downloaded 700 megs, but now it's taking two hours to download the next 20 and it's not even half way through.

        That on a 100mb connection that is pretty much sitting idle.

      • Natan Shahar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm having the same problem. Onedrive is installed on a server in a data center with fiber ie 300MBS down/up internet speed and the best the onedrive sync app works at is 30kbs with it normally at a low 6kbs. This speed is not useable.

      • racicot commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I removed the "no limit" for both upload/download and the transfert rate jumped from between 3 to 6Kb/s to 300Kb/s. Not perfect but its faster. I would have expected more speed though as I am on a 130Mb/s internet connection.

      • Tibi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        BOOM IT'S NOT DONE. I don't know what you did, but I can tell you it's still really bad. I am syncing on a new laptop and I get download speeds in the Kbps in overnight syncing with nothing else touching the 300Mbps Internet connection that I have. So, no, it's not done. Not even remotely.

        My recommendation: take out whatever code you put in to throttle the communication. And don't tell me you have no such thing. Downloading from OneDrive with a browser is infinitely faster, so yes, you intentionally throttle the download in the desktop app. Take it out. Whatever reasons you may have for it, it's not worth it.

      • Filipe Ribeiro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I started to use OneDrive 1tb with office 365 a couple weeks ago, i uploaded over 25k files 160gigas total in 1 day, using my surface pro, files where in my usb hard drive.
        Now i am trying to download them and sync on a diferente computer that is running 24/7, its been DAYS and still 145gb left to download.

        For the sake of testing, i tried to donwload and sync the files on the same network that is my 24/7 computer, but with my gaming pc, downloaded them all in a day.

        So do you need a nice computer so that one drive sync correctly?

      • Secu Sec commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Download performances of OneDrive are poor but after I set a limit for downloading speed it jumped from 9 kpbs to 500 kbps. Not a great speed, but a great improvement.
        For the record, initiially was set on "don't limit" (RMB on icon next to the clock -> settings -> network) and I set a limit of 52500 kbps. You will have to try and see which was suits you best.

      • Stephen B. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        That modification may have performed well in Microsoft's tests, but real-world numbers are what I have to go by. OneDrive woefully underperforms most every cloud-based storage solution I have tried. I was considering doing the 5TB deal for the entire family, but after taking 2 weeks to sync my files (and it's still not done) I would give up the eye candy for decent sync speed. And, before anyone states anything about my internet connection, I'm on fiber for 10 hours a day, four days a week.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Does Microsoft ever actually respond to all this? The general consensus seems to be that OneDrive really isn't fit for purpose yet Microsoft don't seem to care? I am yet to find a response that doesn't just seek to deflect me to reference sources to increase the sync speed (none of which make any appreciable difference). Shocked at such a poor service from Microsoft. To be fair I have had similar issues with Google Drive who removed, downgraded and destroyed years of work on my photos from my Picasa set up. What's going on with these computer giants? It seems to me that the best way to store things is on an external hard drive to maintain the filing and quality required for precious documents and photos?

      • Bob Smailes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Well in 2017 it is still extremely poor compared with DropBox - so that solution didn't work.

      • Joel Blatt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        OneDrive performance has been unacceptably variable. Over 200 GB downloaded within 24 hours one day and then less than 300 MB (!) downloaded over the next 24 hours. This is not a useful service -- it's a toy -- and certainly doesn't deserve payment. This needs to be fixed or else I may have to abandon Microsoft completely even though I would love to continue working with Office 365.

      • Loo Soo Yong commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same here - syncing 700GB+ files literally takes weeks/months, but syncing 2GB files are quick as lightning. This completely defeats the purpose of having an Office 365 subscription, and I'm seriously considering to move to Google Drive. OneDrive is painfully slow when it comes to very large files. Google Drive is much faster and is more reliable than this.

      • Eric-Jan H te A commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It seems to me that we are experiencing the wrath of MS's OneDrive success. All these new users experimenting with what OneDrive can do for them is obviously generating more bandwidth than MS can chew.

        And another one. Don't try to sync just over 1GB with 25K files. The more memory you have the more you get into trouble. To the point of BSOD.

        But I managed to run OneDrive as a service so that my nightly back-ups are nicely synced, even when I'm not logged on. It works even for multiple users having their own OneDrive service running for them

      • Travis B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Issue is decidedly BOOM! NOT DONE.

        Brand new Win 10 laptop (pre anniversary update), wired connection, and only getting 1 - 2 MB/s down. At this rate it will take 9+ more days to finish syncing, and that's when I've only selected to sync a portion of my content.

        SpeedTest.net reports a 79.60 MB/s download speed ... and that's WHILE OneDrive is still using 1-2 MB/s to do syncing at the same time. If OneDrive would just make use of most of that bandwidth, I could be done in 15 minutes.

        I've had this laptop for a week now and I still can't take it with me to work, because I don't have access to my files, so I'm still lugging around my ****** old laptop that overheats and shuts off after an hour of use.

        C'mon M$. Get it together!

      • Terry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Disgusting - 550 meg upload - 36 hours still at 350 meg uploaded - I'm out of here to Dropbox

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        27MB (note that's MEGABYTES, not gigabytes), 24 hours uploading, still waiting. One Drive suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Extremely slow using Windows 10 ... 24 hrs to do 1.07 GB file and not complete yet

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