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.
We have completed the rollout for both personal and business users. Enjoy the better syncing!
I would agree with the need for this. Also I would add that I understand there is a brand new update the will SYNC the "Documents" folder to the office cloud. That feature needs to include the option of choosing one or more subfolders to the Cloud instead of all folders in "Document".
Neil C commented
This is the only reason I am sticking with Dropbox, shame asI have 5TB waiting for me on my Office account - but can't use it. My Lightroom catalog files are 1GB+ and I don't want to be uploading that every day with every minor change, especially when I am using my laptop away from home. In 2018 this is a BIG deal-breaker for many. Come on MS!
calsan :-) commented
Found out the hard way that this doesn't behave like dropbox. Added some tags to my photos - all were already uploaded to Onedrive... starts uploading complete photos again... 175Gb remaining... groan...
Matt Postle commented
This is the one thing that DropBox does well that would be a HUGE benifit for OneDrive. Our IT infastructure uses Azure, Sharepoint online, full Office 365 suite, Exchange online, the only thing holding us back from moving some of our network drives to MS Online is no differential sync functionality for OneDrive (other than little office files). Our business is very mobile and uses a lot of 4G data (like 4 terrabytes each month) true differential sync in OneDrive/Sharepoint would have our company throwing fistfulls of money at MS to use it ASAP.
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[Deleted User] commented
This was on the 2017 roadmap, yet in July 2018 you're still just "thinking about it".
Absolute ludicrous. We've being 'staying tuned' for four years.
I guess we'll still be here in 2022 where you will have 'thought about it' just that little bit more, but no one will care, because other services will have had this essential feature implemented for a decade.
Onedrive is third-rate cloud storage, and that's being generous.
Listen to your customers - this is the one feature that makes DropBox better; implement it.
I travel a lot and rely on 4G and use large CAD files, although minor changes. This would be hugely beneficial to me and my phone bill!!!
Please consider it, this would be a major improvement.
This is far and away the most popular request!
It is 4 years old.
As others have said, it is clearly possible.
What else is there to think about?
Our sales reps travel frequently, often to remote areas, and rely on mobile (i.e. 4G) data.
Reduced data transfer is an extremely high priority for us!
Dropbox shows for years now how it works with block level synchronisation. Given the huge impact on traffic, sync times and business opportunity, it's totally unclear why this is not the top priority feature and they are still "thinking about it" - they should be "coding about it"
This is the only reason I don't use OneDrive. I have 560GB of data and sync my data using Dropbox because Dropbox actually has this feature straight out of the box! I can't afford to upload 2GB files every time I edit one little thing on the file. It's ridiculous.
For Microsoft to still be thinking about this means that they are so ridiculously slow on the uptake of the technology era we live in.
This is a MUST have feature. The lack of differential sync keeps dropbox in the solution stack for customers working on large files such as CAD or design files.
Onedrive for Business User commented
Is this still being considered??
Karsten Hartlieb commented
I recently woke up my old dropbox account to sync an encrypted vhd across devices as dropbox supports syncing changed blocks only :(
Would love to do that with my OneDrive for Business instead….
Please add this benefit. When One Drive is operating, I can not do anything else on the computer. It takes all the band width.
This feature would be very worthwhile - especially for regular data (like repeating fixed size records, or large bitmap images) where most of the file hasn't changed.
An API that's equivalent to being able to open in existing file (fopen) moving to the offset that changed (fseek) and writing the changes (fwrite).
I can see that for more complex data streams, like a big JPEG photo, that even a few pixels of change would result in a totally different run of bytes so would be much more complex. The API would need a means of moving unchanged blocks up (without having to download and re-upload them) on the server then filling in the gaps with the above fopen-fseek-fwrite operations.
This would be the single biggest thing that would improve OneDrive for me, especially because it doesn't look like faster internet is going to be available in our area any time soon.
This would be HUGE for those of us who frequently travel to/live internationally in areas with poor internet connections! Spending all my votes on this suggestion.