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Why is OneDrive listed under Windows (C:)? Win8.1

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    Why is OneDrive listed under Windows (C:)? Win8.1


    On the Desktop in File Explorer, why is OneDrive listed as if it's part of my hard drive. E.g. This PC ~ Windows (C ~ Users ~ (My username) ~ a list of programs, one of them being OneDrive.

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    Hello Robin,

    OneDrive is fully integrated into Windows 8.1 when you sign in to Windows with a Microsoft account.

    The "C:\Users\(user-name)\OneDrive" folder is what is used to sync files on your PC with your online OneDrive account.

    OneDrive - Available Offline or Online in Windows 8.1
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    Thanks for that Brink. It appeared to me that the 16.1Gb on OneDrive was being taking off my hard drive!
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    If the files in your OneDrive folder are set to be available offline, then they will be actually saved on your hard drive using space.

    If set to be available only online, then they are just references and only use a small amount of space.
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    Thanks again Brink. I read a few things about OneDrive on the Microsoft site. I didn't realise that if I click on the OneDrive app on the Startscreen, select "Settings" > "Options", I could then select "Make all files online-only". This freed up a lot of disk space on my PC.
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    One thing to remember is that if you use a specific OneDrive file it will become off-line (because it will be downloaded). If it is is big you might want to right click on it and make it "on-line only" again. This will remove it from your local disk but leave it on OneDrive.
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    You're most welcome Robin.

    Good point Adam.
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    SOLVED.
    Thank you both again. Your assistance always appreciated.
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