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.
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!
And there is still no solution? Same here, I buy a 128 GB surface and Microsoft is not smart enough to realize that it cannot fit 499 GB data in online OneDrive onto the laptop.
This is definitely needed! When first installed they removed the option to select folders to sync and it just starts syncing everything! Even if i immediately change to only the one folder, it then sits there "processing changes" for hours, as it figures out what it is supposed to do now.
Kenton Hensley commented
It's taking everything I've got right now not to launch in to a tirade on this behavior. Dang, it just go the the better of me, apologies in advance: I'm sitting here watching Onedrive fill-up my disk and the only option is to kill it? I love the news that MS is doing what it can to become more customer responsive, but honestly you have to wonder - miles and miles to go. Ten minutes with a focus group or any power user and this would have surfaced as priority for the user experience. Onedrive team, please stop wasting my time and those of all your customers like this.
Also, why does Onedrive have to be a separate app with a stingy little window for selecting folders. Why not build this functionality right into Windows Explorer and into OneDrive Online so that to sync or not to sync is a property of the folder and set ahead of time online or immediately in Windows Explorer. Third, why can you not make it so I can simply stop the download of a folder? For my archive folder of pictures and videos for instance - I never want that to download.
Apologies for the rant but it has been a bad week with your products and this was just one more item </rant off>
This is probably the most important suggestion on this forum. Many of us are using OneDrive with Surface Pros or other devices with limited storage space. Automatically syncing everything is ridiculous and I would argue irresponsible.
Me too. What a bore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!