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Anyone have decent experience with OneDrive?

  1. #1


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1

    Anyone have decent experience with OneDrive?


    Trying to find something easy that both myself and my mother (70) can understand regarding photo/document storage. I currently use Mozy to backup/store my photos and documents and my mom uses dell datasafe. Obviously if we're both just using these as a picture/document backup it would be much cheaper if we could use OneDrive instead.
    I'm pretty clear (I think) that it works somewhat the same, all pictures and documents (whatever we choose) will be uploaded to OneDrive and the original will stay on the c drive of the computer. Can it be set up to upload any new files each evening, etc. (like a back up program would) or does it automatically upload as soon as you put a new pic on the computer? And the biggest question is, what if the computer flatlines and windows 8.1 has to be reloaded - will I be able to restore all my photos and documents from OneDrive so that I have a copy on my computer's c drive as well?
    I know some would say just have them all on OneDrive and use that as your drive for pictures instead of having duplicates - one set on the c drive and one set on OneDrive but I'm very cautious and want to be sure there is always a 2nd set somewhere (actually a 3rd set because we both also back them up to an external hard drive).
    I hope I am making some sort of sense here.

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  2. #2


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    If you save them to the OneDrive folder as default this will create 2 copies of them, one locally on your PC and also one stored on OneDrive, it doesn't only put them on OneDrive, doing it this way it is very easy to get them back on your PC if you every re install, just select folder and say make available offline and it will copy them back down again

    alternatively you could store them locally in the photos folder and manually do a copy to the OneDrive photos folder every so often, this would give you three copies though, locally in the photos folder, locally in the onedrive folder and online at onedrive, then if you do a reinstall for whatever reason, you can do as above and say make available offline and it will re download them all for you
    Not sure of any automatic way of doing this

    Personally for me I store them direct into the onedrive photos folder, then I have a local copy and a onedrive cloud copy for if anything goes wrong
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    My advice would be to backup data to a USB attached device (disk or large USB flash drive). I would not trust my data to an on-line storage. One Drive seems to be pretty reliable, but I have more trust in a capability that sits on my desk.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    OneDrive will upload documents and photos as soon as you save them on your PC. You could if you wanted manually pause synching and enable it in the evening but there is so way that I know of to automatically put it on a schedule.

    Unless you choose not to copies will remain on your local disk also. Unless you are short of space this is a good idea. You can back them up also to an external drive and if you want use file history you can - this will mean you keep copies of files you delete by mistake. File History - How to Use in Windows 8

    In the case of failure and re-installation of Windows OneDrive will download everything from MS servers or (if you have a backup) you can restore from that and it will then just download newer things which would be quicker. I have done both and both work fine but the first method (downloading everything from OneDrive servers) took several days as I have a lot of very small files.

    I find it easy to use. I use dropbox also which is much faster at synching but you get much less free storage and it isn't as easy - at least I think so.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the info, looking like it wouldn't work for me, I have limited data per month (satellite) and need to set my stuff to back up at night when uploading is free. But, may work for my mom. Trying to figure out what would be easiest for her, she doesn't understand a lot of it and it's easiest for her if she wants to get a picture to go the the "my pictures" folder and look for it in there....trying to get her to go to a new folder may be close to impossible. I don't want to have too many places for her to look, but saving them to the OneDrive folder and having it automatically upload also to the cloud would make the most sense, ugh, trying to get her to look in that folder instead of my pictures is going to be a pain. Can't teach an old dog new tricks.
    WHS - we do back up to an external drive as well so we're covered there. I'll have to talk to her and see if this sounds like something she could get used to. For the most part, all she needs to get used to is looking for photos in the OneDrive folder and not the pictures folder, right? Maybe I'M the one screwed up, ha ha!
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  6. #6


    Hi there. OneDrive is a pretty straight-forward means of storing and sharing data. Having an 8.1 tower PC and an 8.1 Windows Phone it is very convenient. They both have apps to work within. Here’s a screenshot of the one on my tower. By right clicking the command bar opens at the bottom.

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    The app also has “This PC” that is actually the Modern/Metro File Explorer.

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    You can share via the “Public” folder, or can view each other’s OneDrive online, but need to sign into each other’s accounts to do so. Sign into your Outlook account > Hit the down arrow.

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    Select “OneDrive” to open the OneDrive page. You can view from any folder.

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    OneDrive: FAQ - Windows Help

    You could upload files from a mobile device when you’re in a free WiFi hotspot to save on data costs.

    Edit:

    No need to set files to auto upload. You can perform manually through the app or through File Explorer. Simply copy and paste to any folder in OneDrive if using File Explorer. Via command bar in the Store app.

    Just for grins, here's the app open on my phone. It scrolls sideways to see other views (recent & shared) as seen at the top.

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    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 10 Sep 2014 at 12:45.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your help, I need to sit down and try to read thru everything to get it sunk into my head! Too much going on at once, her computer had to be brought back from the dead (virus) so I'm trying to get things set up to make it easier for her. We would def. want hers to auto upload, she's on dsl so no worries there. For me, I couldn't do it and won't bother. It's worth paying for Mozy to automatically do it every night for me, I'm afraid I would forget. She's in the middle of the 8.1 update right now and I'm trying to figure out if I should have her just say "next" when it asks to sync with OneDrive or to say no and set it up after the fact. Like I said, too much going on all at once! As always, you guys are a huge help, once I can get in front of her computer I will fiddle with OneDrive and see what I can do, hey, it would save her the cost of dell datasafe and that's a plus...that program sucks! I did read that OneDrive will also save your computer settings so that's a plus too....
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  8. #8


    You're quite welcome.

    Yes, it's a bit to learn, but once you have the general idea understood, it really is a breeze. With an Outlook.com account using it to sign into a device, everything really is all in one place.

    The only thing I can think of is that MS gives an X amount of data on OneDrive free by signing up for a Outlook.com account. You can purchase more. Sometimes they have promotions that will include some more data free. I got free data by purchasing my phone through the MS online store. Joining Bing rewards was another.

    I never have, but I suppose it will warn when the limit has been reached. You can always go in and clean some out.

    Good luck to you and yours.
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  9. #9


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Another quick way of getting additional space for free

    If you have a smart phone/tablet install the onedrive app and enable auto photo upload (backup), this gives you an additional 3GB for nothing
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  10. #10


    Thanks for that, Paul. I forgot that one.
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