Enable Selective Sync when first installed.
I am being forced to download GBs of files right now because OneDrive will not allow me to Selective Sync Folders on first install. When I Choose Folders, I get the error message "Sorry, your changes couldn't be saved. Some of the items you tried to stop syncing aren't in OneDrive yet. Please wait for them to finish uploading and fix and sync problems, and then try making changes again later." I have no local files, it is downloading files from the cloud. Also when installed, it did not give me an option to Selective Folders. I just noticed a massive amount of bandwidth being used is when I realized it was downloading.
Stupid design. Still an issue November 2020, five and a half years after it was first raised!
Yes! Absolutely insane. I have 800Gb of files in OneDrive and I'm expected to download them all locally BEFORE I can selectively sync them? This is primitive and unacceptable, especially when I'm paying for it.
This is a big problem for us. Moved over from DropBox (which doesn't have this problem and allows you to change the selective sync at any time) and this has created a major headache. Forced to download 100,000s files on first load which takes hours only to delete them again and wait hours again to sync. This design is absolute madness and should be fixed
Tibor Száraz commented
I can not stop Samsung Galery sync,
because this folder sync never stop synchronising
What if I do not have disk space? should I wait until the disk is full? this is crazy!!
What an idiotic design. I am actually uploading 45gb of files I don't need to upload at all. I just want OneDrive to ignore the whole folder.
Still an issue! Fix this, thx
Josiah Thomas commented
Agreed. This is frustrating. I choose sync from the SharePoint document library and then I pick always keep on device. If I try and deselect a folder after doing that, I get the same error.
Urgent to review this feature!
This uservoice is necessary because it prevents proper management of the synchronization of folders when there are many files in the document library. I do not understand how it can take more than 5 years to attend to such basic functionality. On the other hand, comment that this problem occurs in OneDrive for Windows but not in OneDrive for Mac where it works correctly without having to wait for all the files to synchronize to select the ones that you do not want to keep.
We need this, not only for the first time setup of OneDrive but also for the following libraries that one chooses to sync. It's a big problem with huge libraries, where you have to wait for a long time until it's done sync'ing to deselect the folders you don't want.
5 years and you haven't fixed this YET? This is ridiculous and EXTREMELY frustrating!
please fix this...
5 years and can't be solved?!?!
[Deleted User] commented
WTF. Fix this!!!!!
Still an issue. Please address this .
This shouldn't be a feature... IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED!
OneDrive randomly decides to sync everything instead of my selected folders... and it can't be stopped.
Right now, it's trying to sync 1.4 TB of data even though 1) there isn't enough room, 2) nor had I even asked OneDrive to sync everything. It won't stop. When I try to select the correct folders, it asks me to wait for them to finish uploading (which isn't even possible).
OneDrive is ******' stupid.. use MEGA instead..
Satya Nadella and Tim Cook ruin everything.
This is still an issue, please fix this. On my surface pro, OneDrive periodically restarts or glitches in a way that causes it to start syncing every folder in the cloud and then I am unable to deselect the folders I don't want on my hard drive as I get the "Sorry, your changes couldn't be saved. Some of the items you tried to stop syncing aren't in OneDrive yet. Please wait for them to finish uploading and fix and sync problems, and then try making changes again later." I used to be able to quickly deselect folders after everything started syncing but now that won't work and it seems the only solution would be unlink OneDrive and backup everything remaining on the hard drive to an external hard drive just in case (for the second time in six months) and then delete it all from the hard drive and relink OneDrive and try to turn off folders before they all start syncing again. I am loosing a huge amount of faith that OneDrive is actually protecting my files...
Same here. I have 800GB of data on a 50KB/s upload bandiwdth.
This is highly annoying.
Maybe you can also vote for this, since it is related and much higher in the list:
It is sort of a duplicate and under this link it is the highest up in the overall ranking!