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How can we improve the OneDrive experience on Windows?

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

        Has this feature been enabled now? It sure seems to be. A 115MB file that I change constantly now (for the past month or so) only takes a few seconds to upload when it has always taken a few minutes before (and completely saturated my bandwidth if I didn't have it throttled).

      • Rosalie Muir commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why has the upload not working now from recording from Recording Pro no longer uploads to OneDrive ?

      • David S. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is especially important for tags on MP3 and MP4 files. I recently edited the title tag of one of my 1.5GB MP4 files and the entire file had to re-upload. Not fun on my slow "Basic Starter" cable internet connection.

      • Francis Ollivier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        That would be nice to have an updated status on this feature which should be a no-brainer nowadays. Seems like Onedrive hasn't discovered the wheel yet while other cloud-based services have been using it for years.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to point out that Code42's CrashPlan does this -- It uses block-level (not just file level) incremental backup.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Regardless of MS' willingness to meet their users' needs, there must be a financial incentive in saved bandwith and storage of multiple versions of large documents. Not to mention the environmental considerations of spent resources, moving and storing unnecessarily large amounts of data...

      • Alex B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        dropbox and many other services have this feature for years, I'm quite disappointed just finding out now that it can't be done. I was selling the idea of using sharepoint and sync files with onedrive as a replacement for a fileserver but syncing big files back and forth as a while just because you changed one single letter.

      • Itpro44 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Being the top requested feature by users, it would really be nice to see Microsoft provide more frequent and more detailed updates.

      • Randal Junior commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You guys could be more transparent on this. What is the real problem? Its about some patent infringement concern, low budget, legacy compatibility, personal shortage? Many of other cloud services already have this, and even open source softwares too, like rsync.
        Come on.

      • sep commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is needed, specially to work with VeraCrypt, it is syncing back all the file I am using OneDrive client for MacBook ... dropbox has it....

      • Ihr Name commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please make this happens - it is a necesserary requirement for working with Veracrypt and OneDrive!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        See how it's not a good idea to use proprietary tools. In an open source project this could be implemented by anybody willing and capable. Would be working already...

      • Phil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just integrate with Data Deduplication and be done with it!

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