Allow priority settings for files being uploaded
I'm currently uploading a high amount of data (I selected all the files I wanted and copied them to onedrive folder) and it's taking a lot of time. The problem is that some files are more important to me than others and I need them to be uploaded first. It would be great if I could make certain files/ folders that are being uploaded a priority so that those files with higher priority will be the first uploaded (for example, bittorent has this option when downloading files). It would take me a lot of time to cancel the upload and just copy/paste each file in the order I want them to be uploaded.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Caleb soper commented
lets go Jack ****, we all need this implemented
MIcrosoft, please implement this 5 year old request before we all retire. Even a simple right-click upload now would be great. Thanks
Levi Collinsworth commented
This feature literally requires one piece of logic in the code that would look a little like (and I don't have it 100% accurate, because I simplified it and I don't know what they named their methods and variables or how they structured the source code)
This feature is absolutely necessary for students, programmers, office workers, etc.
Stop just "thinking about it". I've got a class in which I have to make a game in Unity, and OneDrive is just stuck syncing literally everything else first.
To be perfectly clear, I'm not invoking hyperbole when using the term "literally".
Jason Moore, Are you done "thinking about it"? Or do you still need a couple more YEARS???????
It's been years. I don't believe this feature is so technically difficult.
Yes I need this!
A huge ditto on this one!!! I need to keep my computer locked down and off at nights or times when I'm not in office (HIPAA regs), so some of the most important files don't get updated. Hugely inconvenient.
Lots of pain and suffering in my house. Same situation as most of the comments already here. Office 365 comes with 1 TB storage, but because of lack of priority and constant sync issues it is fully unusable. I've been waiting hours for a resync of 124GB of data- of which only 2 folders have changed.
I guess the strategy should be to get a thumbdrive and download from my "source" computer and copy onto my "target" so I can perform an operation that should take 90 seconds?
Man o man.
Also, why is the default a bulk sync/ upload (that you can't stop) vs. syncing the files in the cloud only, and then be able to choose what to "always keep on this device" later?
OneDrive for Business have a feature: "Stop syncing one folder" by doing right click on any folder. This should be available for all OneDrive users (not only business accounts).
OneDrive for Business have a feature: Stop syncing one folder, by doing right click on any folder. This should be available for all OneDrive users (not only business accounts).
We should also be able to use the hamburger menu on files already being uploaded to pause/unpause that file's upload if it's an especially large file that's blocking other uploads for a long time.
In the OneDrive client's upload list, there's a hamburger menu next to uploaded files with options like share. We should be able to use the hamburger for files waiting for upload to mark as priority so they upload before a bunch of stuff that other people aren't waiting for.
Rainier Valencia commented
When setting up OneDrive on a new system it is always a hassle for me to wait for the files I need at that moment.
I prefer to fully download my files, so I disable Files On-Demand which does list the files before downloading. However it would be nice to have similar functionality as I download the files which can take days to fully synchronize if your data is in the hundreds of GigaBytes.
Why not add a Priority Queue and list all files in advance (just as the folders seem to be listed in advance). I see the folders are created again, I mean, could this process be applied to files as well?
My suggestion is zero byte placeholders with special icon overlays or some other indicator that the file is not yet downloaded but will be soon.
The best part is the user gets to right click the file he/she is expecting and it gets added to the priority queue.
There is another use case to this besides new systems, it can actually allow seamless synchronization across devices. Similar to the "Files on Demand" concept except there is the goal of full synchronization without a delay in information, means no need to wait for a file to be downloaded before knowing it should be there.
I would love to be updated on this if it ever gets added.
OnDemand Sync is a fantastic feature and I love it. It makes devices like Surface Pro with 256GB SDD only still very usable.
There is room for improvement though:
1. If I cut & paste unsynced folder from OneDrive to my local drive, OneDrive will sync file by file! It will not trigger download of the whole directory tree at the same time. As a result, it works much slower. Just minutes ago I cancelled one copy as file had been syncing at 1Mbit/s to 5Mbit/s. Then I cancelled cut&paste operation, selected "Always keep on this device" in explorer and download occurred at 500Mbit/s to 1Gbit/s.
2. Syncing OnDemand files as a priority. Those are interactively triggered and need to skip the queue and come always first! I would suggest you even create a separate queue for OnDemand sync, if OneDrive is currently downloading already 9 files concurrently, that OnDemand can start immediately.
3. Can you boost priority for OnDemand Sync? Like in case before, I had really slow download with OnDemand, but batch went fast. Do you have ability to allocate higher priority in the backend system and more network bandwith for OnDemand sync?
ditto. do this.
joseph bartholomew commented
wow thinking since 2016 exactly as a thought feedback with no one listerning.... waste of time.... its microsoft expect that
Hey Jason, it has been two years that you were thinking. Anything new?
I work in a company with 10,000+ employees and all of us are using OneDrive, some more, some less extensively. For me and a some of my peers, this feature is an absolute MUST, since our OneDrive folders are about 500 GB and we keep these folders in sync with our laptops at all time.
Working during travels is also part of the job, at various time zones, travelling around the globe and needing to sync a specific document in just a few minutes, before boarding the plane.
What I think it is important for the Microsoft team to understand is that it is not the vast majority of users from a company that influence the decisions of purchasing/extending contracts for OneDrive, which is a tool used for business communication, but the ones who coordinate the various projects in that company. And those are the ones who need such tools, people for which every minute counts and need to send something asap, but still keep everything in sync.
I am happy to share more details by private message/email, as I am unsure of the confidentiality clauses between our companies.