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Anyone have decent experience with OneDrive?

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1


    I'll have her do that, I think I'm going to have her purchase extra anyway as well. I think she's paying 60 bucks a year now so even at 1.99 a month for the smaller package she'll be ahead of the game!

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Don't forget to use the metered connection feature of Windows 8. It was designed for people who have PCs on a limited data plan (i.e., Surface machines over LTE). You can set it on an per-app basis. So for OneDrive, you would enable metered and then tap off when you don't want it to sync and on when you do want it to sync.

    The metered feature only works over WiFi and not over Ethernet (as it assumes when you plug in by Ethernet, you have a much larger pool of data because usually only desktops/laptops have Ethernet).
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.1


    I installed the app for her today and uploaded her pics, not happy with it, I was hoping it would keep each folder intact but it just puts all pictures in one place unless you tell it to go to a particular folder. Think this isn't going to be what she wants...she wants to be able to go on there, go to the same folder as it looks on her hard drive and find the picture. Unless I did something wrong all the pictures are just single in the cloud, not in the folders like the are on her hard drive. I have Mozy and everything uploads exactly as I have it, folder by folder. Not sure if I'm making sense. I think I'm going to have her purchase Mozy instead and use one drive just for her phone pictures.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    No, you can keep the same file structure between PC and OneDrive.

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  5. #15


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    What the heck did I do wrong then? I went into the app, not in explorer to copy files from c drive to cloud, all that was there was pictures, documents and public. I clicked on pictures, it showed all her pictures (not in their particular folders) and hit select all and it started uploading. Then, when on the start screen, clicked on onedrive again to open the app and then clicked on pictures and all her pictures were there, hundreds and hundreds not looking anything like above.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    okay, some OneDrive tips...

    drag and drop the folders with the pictures you want into your OneDrive folder just the way you normally do it (through file explorer or by This PC > OneDrive location). It should automatically sync it. If not, you can force a manual sync by loading up the OneDrive app, clicking on "All Files are Up to date" and then clicking on the Sync button.

    Now, more reliable syncing is through Internet Explorer. You can drag and drop on the browser windows as if it's a desktop. It works like a desktop only in IE, not Chrome or Firefox.

    However, the limitation is you can't drag and drop folders with IE or Firefox. They just recently added folder drag and drop support with Chrome. But I don't use Chrome. I'm perfectly happy with the above techniques.

    Note that you can create the folders manually any way you like. Then highlight all the files and drop them onto the IE browser window (which inside the folder you created).

    I only use the OneDrive metro app for manual syncing. It's still missing too many features that are available with the IE web browser interface. However, they've stepped up on improving the Metro app so it's catching up fast.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Ugh. So it sounds like using the "app" doesn't work as well and doing it the old fashioned way is best. I wanted something easier for her, something she doesn't have to think about. Like with Mozy, every night it does a back up, any new photos or documents I've added to my computer automatically upload and look exactly the same as on my c drive.
    I want to know that when she adds a picture to her c drive that it also goes to onedrive (cloud), so she doesn't have to worry about it. Next time I'm on her computer, I'm going to try deleting everything I uploaded today and then moving each folder over as you stated above so that it's started out correctly. Gonna take forever. So then you are saying, once that is done, if she adds a folder to a particular folder (or if she just saves it singly into the my pictures folder) it will sync with onedrive as well?
    For some reason I can't get this to sink into my head!
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    first time setup is always the pain because of all the uploading. but once that's done, it's all super easy

    yes, let's say your OneDrive is at this location: C:\OneDrive.
    then you have C:\OneDrive\Pictures.
    then you have C:\OneDrive\Pictures\grandpa's pics
    then you have C:\OneDrive\Pictures\grandma's pics

    so in file explorer, you create a folder in grandma's pics called "family trip to Arizona":
    C:\OneDrive\Pictures\grandma's pics\family trip to Arizona

    then you create a folder within family trip to part 1 and another folder called part 2
    C:\OneDrive\Pictures\grandma's pics\family trip to Arizona\part 1
    C:\OneDrive\Pictures\grandma's pics\family trip to Arizona\part 2

    and then you start moving the files between the folders...

    it should all sync.


    here's a starting example:
    you have a pile of pictures in folders on your computer. they're not in OneDrive yet.
    start with a small example of a few pictures in a folder

    1) launch IE and go to onedrive.com
    2) create all the folders you want within the IE window (you can right-click in the IE window to bring up a context window or you can use the buttons along the top)
    3) open up the folder in the IE window.
    4) drag the contents of the folder in your file explorer window and drop it onto the IE window (the window showing the desired folder open).

    that will automatically upload it to the cloud

    now, if you want the local copy as well as the cloud copy, you have to highlight all the files and choose offline access. once the photos are tagged as offline, they'll stay synced between online and offline. which is good and bad. good in that your local mirrors your cloud. bad meaning that if you delete it off your HDD, it'll delete the cloud copy. of course, OneDrive has recycle bin support so if you accidentally delete it, you can recover it.

    the reason why you need online or offline access is your OneDrive storage can be huge. but HDD or SSD storage is precious. so sometimes you want to store your pictures online and not waste your HDD space. So this way, you can store your life pictures in the cloud without worrying about wasting local storage space. And when there's a picture you want local, you just download that local picture.

    sometimes you just want some pictures to be offline access.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    So, once I have all the folders uploaded will they automatically upload after that, whenever she saves a pic? And if it's not in any folder (just in my pictures) will it upload as well?
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  10. #20


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    so when you go to save a picture, you can point it to the OneDrive folder that's local. that will then automatically sync to the OneDrive in the cloud.

    same for any type of file
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