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Ken429

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Dumb question - what is the purpose of the OneDrive Folder under C:\User\Myname\OneDrive? I know I can save files directly to OneDrive (in the cloud) or I can move/copy stuff to the OneDrive in the cloud. OneDrive then Syncs the cloud stuff to the User OneDrive folder. What's the point? Just a backup or does W8.1 use the Synced information on the local machine (C:\User\Myname\OneDrive) to speed up processing and then Sync it back to the Cloud? I think I like it but just want to understand what is going on. Is there a "white" paper or something that explains in a little more detail I would appreciate the link. Also, does it then make sense to include the OneDrive folder in the Library so that it gets backed up using W8.1's File History function?
 
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Edwin

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The OneDrive folder in Users is the 'Home' folder or the 'mirror' to the Cloud.
There should be a link in your navigation pane, that way you can drag and drop files right on it.
 

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Daxter

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It's there for easier navigation. Would you open your browser and upload, or would you like to copy and paste? The answer is quite obvious :)
 

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Ken429

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Thanks everyone for the information. I think I've got it.

Brink,
The tutorials you suggested are for W7 and W8. I have read all your W8.1 tutorials since that is what I'm using and am OK with what is going on once I set OneDrive to make everything available offline. What had me confused is I saved a test file to the OneDrive folder in the File Manager Navigation Window and I thought it did not show up in the C:\Users\Myname\OneDrive folder until I forced a OneDrive Sync. Maybe I was having a senior moment and that did not happen but...! I will move on to using OneDrive on my W7 systems so the tutorials you suggested for W7 and W8 will come in handy.
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

Ken429

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That's ok, I just installed OneDrive on a W7 system and your tutorials came in handy. As a matter of fact, at first blush I think I like the W7/W8 approach better than the W8.1 version. Anyway, Microsoft knows best and I'm sure I'll figure out why I like the imbedded W8.1 version better! Thanks again for the quick responses.
 

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    GSkill 2400-10
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    Samsung S27B350
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    Mushkin Chronos DX-7 240GB, WD Raptor 250Gb, 3 -WD Raptors 500GB
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    Seasonic X750
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    Swiftech Apogee HD 3X120 Rad
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