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OneDrive Files On-Demand

Allow an online sync only for OneDrive, like Windows 8.1 file explorer did.
Most of PC don't have enough storage to keep files on HDD.
That will really improve productivity !

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I’m proud to announce that OneDrive Files On-Demand is now rolling out with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ( Whether you use a personal OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online, you can now browse all your files without filling up your disk and take advantage of the rich features of File Explorer. Read more about how you can start using OneDrive Files On-Demand & skip ahead if it hasn’t been rolled out to you yet ( Learn more about deploying Files On-Demand in your organization ( Thanks to all of you for the emphatic support, and a special thanks to our incredible self-hosters in the Windows Insider Program!


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  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    And a option to the files to expire
    So files not stay on the device
    Or a option to online files only

    For device like tablet, netbook, cloudbook
    With low storage
    And with a large category of files, large file size

  • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Good to see this back, but unfortunately it is not completely transparent to "legacy" applications, like Visual Studio Code, for example. I never experienced any problems with the 8.1 version, at least not after making sure that all files were available locally. The "new" OneDrive can cause compatibility problems even when files are local, which is a regression.
    I am extremely disappointed to discover this, since compatibility was one of the reasons cited for ripping placeholders out of Windows 10.

  • Paul Jermany commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Personally, I don't think it is as good as the 8.1 version (placeholders), pity because for me this was perfect:-/

  • CharlieX commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This needs to be a feature of the OneDrive client / Service, not just Windows. We're looking at moving to Office365 from GSuite and most of our machines are Mac. It's ironic that just as this is poised to come out for OneDrive on Windows GSuite's got their File Stream/Team Drives coming out for Mac.

  • wolfgang commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you Jason, finally we have this feature (again) what so many were waiting for (and many drifted to other competitors of M$), but again thank you for making this feature available !
    AND IT WORKS in principle on my PCs; where can we give feedback about our experiences? I have for example the issue, that on some directories I see the status "locally available" , but all subdirectories are "always available";so the status of upper dir is wrong in my opinion.
    Is the right place for feedback the feedback hub of insiders, if yes what is the section?

  • BChuck commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please do not forget that this feature needs to be added to other OSes than Windows 10. Bring this to Server 2016 ASAP. All the bits should be ready for you. RDS users need some love as well.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So I know everyone with a Surface will be shocked by this but once again a feature will not work with the SD Card. Just spent my morning testing with hosting the on-demand files on the internal drive, a USB Drive and the SD Card and the files will sync correctly on everything BUT the SD Card. Thanks for nothing (again) Microsoft.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is anyone else having issues getting this to work? It tells me files on-demand is enabled but it's still downloading the files. It also won't let me select all of the folders to sync because it thinks I don't have enough drive space (which I don't) but isn't that exactly what it's supposed to resolve? I also don't have the context menu options that it says I should have.

  • Teiki Ribet commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For all of you asking, this option is only available with the build 16215 (and the next ones to come of course) so you need to be on the fast ring if you want to have Files On-Demand.

  • Attoy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Jason Moore is it possible to install on Windows 10 1703 without switching to fast ring versions as asked by @Aaron Marks and @Giacomo ?

  • Giacomo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    yeah! Well done. Better late then never!
    Is possible to update the client for windows without downloading the fast ring windows version?

  • Chris Moore commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Jason given there is a dependency on Windows in order to bring this feature back, and that's only present within current Insider preview (for Fall Creators update), are we ever likely to see this (back) ported to other OS? Particularly interested in the not-too-distant family member: Windows Server 2016.

    Given that Server 2016 is effectively stuck at the feature parity of Windows 10 1607 LTSB (unless running Server Nano in CBB servicing), I'm guessing that we won't be seeing this feature any time soon.

  • Jim Swanson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Can someone tell me if this can help the following scenario:

    Keep all the files locally on my SSD (because it's wicked-fast), Maintain a synchronized copy on OneDrive, Allow updates directly to OneDrive from my iPad or smartphone, and push any changed back to my local SSD?

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