Files on demand, automatic cleanup
When using files on demand over time, OneDrive will start to sync a lot of files which after some time will become inactive. Today the user would have to right-click the OneDrive-folder and select Clean up in order to stop the sync of these files and delete the local files stored on the user's device.
I propose a new optional feature. When files or folders have been inactive for a period of time (say 30 days) I would like OneDrive to automatically clean up, deleting the locally stored files and folders but still keeping them in the cloud.
It should be possible to enable or disable this feature, and also change the how often the OneDrive client should perform the cleanup (ex. every week, every other week, every month).
Windows Storage Sense in RS5 now has the capability to automatically free up disk space by making older, unused, locally available OneDrive files be available online-only. You can read more about how to do this here:
Wolfgang Ponitz commented
This would be very usefull
Das ist Sinnvoll!!
Very good Idea. Hope this feature will implemented soon.
Ulrich Guenther commented
Heiko Mueller commented
gern das wäre cool
Jens Schmidt commented
John Boghossian commented
Ideally you should be able to set the following settings via centrally managed GPO:s such as:
Retention time for how long unmodified documents are kept locally
How Often and at what time the cleanup process should be run
Enable and disable feature
Andreas Fenz commented
Yes, please add this great feature
In reply to Niklas from Feb 6 2018. Have you considered mapping a network drive to OneDrive for Business using Zee Drive? Only files that are in use are downloaded keeping the disk space usage low in comparison to sync. It works for terminal servers too.
You can find our more about Zee Drive here: http://www.thinkscape.com/Map-Network-Drives-To-Office-365-OneDrive/
Disclosure: I work for the company that develops Zee Drive
Like Niklas said below, Online Mode would be very helpful in different scenarios.
Niklas Henningsson commented
This is a much needed feature.
Many companies have issues with locally stored files and are also worried that highly active users will fill their disk space very fast resulting in a lot of manual cleaning work.
Also, an "Online Only" mode would be great for terminal servers. Only downloading the files to a temp folder with automatic cleanup as soon as the user closes the file or logs of the computer.
I came on the site to propose this idea and I'm glad I found it on top of the list already. Files on demand is a great feature and this would make it perfect.
Yes, this feature would be fantastic. This would remove the need to create WebDAV Windows Explorer Favorites for SharePoint libraries which are unreliable at best.
Yes, PLEASE add this Feature. My Notebook has only 500 GB but I pay for 1 TB at OneDrive, which I never can use as long as I dont have a SSD device more than double as big as I have now.
Our Exec stakeholders validate the lack of this functionality is a real concern. They don't want to see files used on a daily basis persisting on laptops, unless a file is explicitly flagged as 'Keep on this device'. The option to revert files to cloud based on hours, days or weeks inactive is the ideal outcome for the business. Great recommendation Lasse.