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reinstalling Win 8.1 and OneDrive data from local backup

  1. #11


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I got another response from Microsoft. I sent them a link to this forum thread and that is the link they are referring to in their response.


    Dear Jeff,

    Hello Jeff. How are you today? I hope you are doing fine. I do understand
    what you're experiencing right now. I visited the link that you included on
    your email. I know that the downloading of the files may take a while. As what
    my colleague said that there's no way that the OneDrive will recognize the
    local back up of the files.

    All we have to do is just to redownload and sync to computer. Because if we
    use the local back up of OneDrive, your files may get duplicate once you logged
    in your OneDrive to your computer. Just to let you know that it really take a
    while because of the size of the files on your OneDrive and it depends on the
    Internet connection that you have.

    I hope you understand Jeff and I'm so sorry for the trouble. Have a nice
    day!

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  2. #12


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for that information

    I think in the future when I need to upgrade/re install I am going to abandon onedrive for day to day use (just use it for backup purposes)

    Really wish these tech companies would understand that not everyone has super fast/unlimited broadband, or even does not want to re download large amounts of data like this, when the data is already stored locally on a backup
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  3. #13


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    Really wish these tech companies would understand that not everyone has super fast/unlimited broadband, or even does not want to re download large amounts of data like this, when the data is already stored locally on a backup
    I do have a really fast connection (FiOS 50/50 with the Quantum router) and it still took about 3 days and nights of downloading for it to finish. The other issue was a few files never uploaded to OneDrive because the file names weren't considered valid by OneDrive even though they were considered valid in Windows 8.1. To take care of that I waited for the OneDrive download to finish. Then I used SyncBack to copy any missing files back to the OneDrive folder using a pattern that checked to see if the file existed in the backup copy but not in the OneDrive folder.
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  4. #14


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Are you on Win 8 or Win 8.1?

    With 8.1 you don't need to download everything in one go, all files are shown in explorer so just download what you want as you need them

    With 8.0 and Win 10, to see them in explorer you do need to download them all

    Wont mention my speed as its embarrassing, but when I was uploaded my photos (around 7GB), it took a couple of weeks, downloading this amount would take me 3 days or so
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  5. #15


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I have Windows 8.1 but I was hesitant to try to run any of my apps that access the folders on my OneDrive before everything downloaded to a local copy. From what you're saying it sounds like it might've worked but would've been really slow since it would need to access the online version of the files instead of the local copy until everything redownloaded. Basically how I have it setup is I moved the four Windows folders Documents, Photos, Videos, and Music to OneDrive so whenever I use any software that accesses any of those Windows folders it automatically uploads any changes to OneDrive. Therefore I was hesistant to load iTunes, for example, until it finished downloading to an offline copy because I didn't want my library to get corrupted or start saying a bunch of my music was missing. Now I'm curious to know what would've happened if I would've just kept the files in online mode and tried running iTunes. Maybe I'll try running iTunes on my Windows 10 beta computer with OneDrive set to online mode and see if it opens and how long it takes.

    I'm curious to see what changes are in OneDrive in the Windows 10 RTM compared to OneDrive in Windows 8.1.
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  6. #16


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Some apps don't work properly, think Adobe software is one of them (due to timing out as it takes a while to download then open)

    what it should do (I have only used this for documents so know it works here)
    you select the file you want to work on (could be offline or online only it doesn't matter)
    If the file is offline already, just works as normal, open file, modify and then changes get synced back to onedrive
    If the file is online only, it will download it first to create a local synced copy, then open the local copy and you edit as above
    With fast BB you don't notice it doing it, its just downloads first if needed

    I have also used this with photos, find photo in onedrive and select to edit it, if it exists locally it just opens for editing, if it is only on onedrive it downloads it then opens for editing (both ways it keeps in sync with the online version)

    Music/Videos I have not tried

    With Win 10 this has been removed
    If you want to see your onedrive files on your PC, then you have to download them all, so you cant use the above in win 10, if you want to try iTunes in 10, you will have to download all your music
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