OneDrive Files On-Demand for Mac
When will OneDrive Files On-Demand be available on Mac
Happy to announce the availability of this feature earlier this year. Please continue to send feedback and suggestions our way.
Tony Globe commented
I've used One Drive for a long time but haven't yet used the "Files on demand" option. However I am on Catalina10.15.5 (19F101) and the "Files on demand" option is available in "Preferences".
Reading through Microsoft's notes and some of these posts, I'm a little confused, because my interpretation of "New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device" is that any existing sync'd files will remain on the hard drive, so do the options to "save space" and mark as "online only" apply to the existing files or only to new files added to One Drive? If the latter then presumably thy'd have to be deleted from One Drive and then re-sync'd?
Richard Brooks commented
I've got a lot of old Macbook Air computers with 128 or 256 gb SSDs at our nonprofit that I don't want to take to the dumpster. Nobody at Microsoft has been able to explain to me why Files on Demand requires Mojave OS. Documentation says it needs APFS formatted volume. I've got that. I've also heard that Onedrive needs Apple Finder extensions. Those exist in High Sierra. So what' the problem? What can be done to make it work? Any way of bypasing the installer checking what version of the OS I am running?
After the last Catalina update the files on-demand option of the One Drive has simply disappeared! I have tried to open a ticket and to contact the One Drive support team via twitter, but haven't heard anything about this. Could anyone help me?
Craig A commented
I have the same issue that others have described.
OneDrive is confusing my Mac's storage detection. When I click on 'About this mac' -> storage, it shows all of my online-only OneDrive files as being on my mac harddrive and taking up space. However, I have already told OneDrive to only keep these on the remote cloud, so they should not be on my harddrive. So I have far more available space on my harddrive than my computer thinks it does because it is confusing my onedrive files as being on the local drive, taking up space. This is causing problems because it makes my computer think that I don't have enough available space to do upgrades or run bootcamp assistant so I can dual boot into windows. Please fix this.
I have the same issue described here. I use a MacBook Pro running Catalina 10.15.4. Even with Files On-Demand activated, my OneDrive files are taking space on my internal Mac drive. My internal drive is relatively small (250 GB Flashdrive) which makes the OneDrive appear to take up a lot of storage. Any ideas how to fix this?
I'm having the same issue as Ryan below (and as i documented in the community forum): despite telling OneDrive to leave all my files in the cloud, my Mac is telling me and acting like the files are taking up the full 200 GB of room.
I share Ryan's utter frustration and feeling this is borderline fraudulent.
THIRD problem: I accessed a folder yesterday that was supposed to contain a set of files. It was empty. I accessed it today, they are all there. This problem has repeated, seemingly randomly, across SharePoint, and it has been observed by multiple staff members, some on Macs, some on PCs. Please advise.
Second problem: Using the desktop version of SharePoint through OneDrive for Mac OS Catalina 10.15.4, SharePoint tells me that file path lengths are limited, which requires me to abbreviate folder names. I did this. Next time I logged in to SharePoint I discovered that SharePoint had created DUPLICATE VERSIONS of the folders that I renamed. Now that my entire business has been working off of two duplicate folders, it impossible to know which files in which versions of the duplicate folders are up to date. Please tell me how to merge the contents of these duplicate folders back together without overwriting the most up to date files. Please also tell me how to rename folders in order to accommodate the file path limit in SharePoint without creating this new problem.
I am using Microsoft OneDrive for Mac OS Catalina 10.15.4.Just bought a new Mac mini with 500GB. I have virtually all of my files in the cloud and require virtually zero local storage. But when I linked Share Point through OneDrive, the entire hard drive filled up, despite that I have selected the option to keep all of the files in the cloud.
Having read through this thread: (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/one-drive-online-files-take-space-on-macbook/9d211188-bcd7-4afb-888a-9cdca6fb583b?page=2)it is clear that this is a critical flaw with One Drive of SharePoint, and that it has existed for at least half a year, maybe more. Incidentally, Sharepoint was sold to my business since that time, and we were not warned of this issue. Not only have we been sold this product under arguably fraudulent circumstances, but I have now spent at least a day of paid time trying to undo this problem on the two macs on which I loaded SharePoint. I have staff who have struggled with the same problem, resulting in a huge productivity loss for my organization. This is absurd-- this is Microsoft, not some fly-by-night software supplier. Please fix this problem immediately.
By the way, why is Files on Demand only supported in Mojave? We have a number of Macs in our fleet that can't run that OS.
Would be great to see deleting in Finder optimized so that the file doesn't need to be downloaded.
Christy Lee commented
It seems that I can't free up space for some of the files in my OneDrive folder - it's permanently showing a green tick no matter how many times I press the "free up space" button, and obviously it's really taking up some space on my macbook. What can I do to fix this?
One note, it appears the on-demand file feature requires MacOS 10.14.2 or newer:
I still have this issue (MacOS reporting full file size of an offloaded file). When will it be fixed please?
Idk WHAT microsoft is doing all day. Seriously. Like where is all the money going. What are the hundreds of engineers doing. It is unbelievable how long problems have to last in microsoft's ecosystem before being half-bake addressed. There are companies that are a fraction of a fraction of a fraction the size of microsoft but produce more updates and fixes to their software in one month than microfost does in 10 years. Like who is auditing this company's internal performance.
Not to mention all the stuff with office collaboration and sharepoint. Absolutely infuriating. We spend more time debugging and manually syncing files than we do actually getting work done. What are we paying for monthly. It makes zero sense.
Lorenzo Cattaneo commented
So...files on demand. Done. Ok.
March was a long time ago, and no we have:
- FOD was disabled by default. Upon enabling it, immediately I see a sync problem.
- file preview on files not working. It shows a low res thumbnail, and a button to open the file
- preview on images not working. Not even a thumbnail, just an endless spinner. Impressive
- ok, so file preview clearly needs works. Let’s double click and open the file. Oh no, wait! Let’s PERMANENTLY download the ENTIRE file first. Then open it. So perfect for videos! And when you finally close the file you have the lovely task to right-click on it and free space. Every time. Magical.
But, you know, considering that
- fast ring had FOD since September 2018
- major competitors have those (basic) functionalities covered
I’d say no problem, let’s all jump aboard the “BOOM! IT’S DONE” train. So comfy.
I've seen periodical updates on the App Store, but the only VISIBLE improvement since March is that now disk space is being correctly calculated. It's way too little for this much time. All the stuff I mentioned was beta material.
Btw, I’m using a 3rd party software called Mountain Duck. Their smart sync works better than yours. I can see previews. And I can stream videos. Sooo yeah, using that one until you fix the official client. Maybe next year.
p.s. I edited this comment once and the text was duplicated several times. Editing again didn’t work. I had to delete the comment and re-send it a second time for it to show correctly. Please also fix this platform?!
As Rob said, Mac OS is reading the full size of the folders as used storage instead of the actual size on disk... I don't know if this is an issue that you can fix, but Im just worried that the larger my cloud storage gets, the more complications it can have on my Mac.
On top of the comments about the reliability of the GUI items like the sync icons and context menu options; it seems that Mac OS is reading the full size of the folders towards used storage instead of the actual on disk items. Not sure if this something that can be fixed with OneDrive or if it's a Mac OS level thing to fix.
Having major problems getting the FOD-function to work for files and folders synced from Sharepoint. Mojave 10.14.14
Finally got the FOD to work for the users onedrive files and folders but not for synced Sharepoint
Better revert that "BOOM! IT'S DONE" because it isn't and just creates confusion and a negative image of the app. It is obviously a half baked release that is missing overlay icons to at least know what is synced, syncing or just online, It is not even capable os showing a file preview as an icon.