Windows 10: flummoxed - OneDrive kidnapped document folder

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    flummoxed - OneDrive kidnapped document folder

    Brink, Apr 4, 2018
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  2. jalea148 Win User

    Originally, there were four drives: C, D, E and Overdrive.The D & E drives are removable. All four drives have a documents folder. Although it was never requested the Overdrive had a sync copy of its counterpart on C. After the E Drive was disconnected the documents folder on C disappeared. Actually, it may have been earlier and I hadn't noticed.
    I had been using Overdrive long before my laptop was upgraded to Windows 10. I had never intended it to be used to backup my files and do not want it now. Every time I try to save a file it defaults to Overdrive. Correcting this time after time is a nuisance. I have looked in the recycle bin and the document folder it is not there.In addition to these difficulties Overdrive is complaining but there is no more room. I tried deleting some of the larger files and the result was unsatisfactory. So, they had to be restored from the recycle bin.
    2 problems need to be resolved. First it seems I cannot add a new folder to This PC. Finally, I've tried unsuccessfully to follow the directions to change how Overdrive syncs with Windows. all instructions I've seen start with

    • Right-click the OneDrive icon on the taskbar located on the lower right corner. If you don't see it, you'll need to. tap or click the up arrow to show more icons.
    There is no icon

    :)
     
    jalea148, Apr 16, 2018
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  3. Izuela Win User
    Help! My documents were moved to OneDrive

    I managed to find a solution myself. But I don't know how permanent it is or why this happened in the first place.

    I followed these instructions:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...e-a-personal-folder-location-fails-in-windows

    I double clicked "personal" and changed the value to %USERPROFILE%\Documents

    There was something else listed higher up in the registry, {some gibberish name}, that also had onedrive documents in its value. Googling the name brought me to a page that went way over my head but I think it was trying to tell me it was some kind of override
    and had a link to a file (w10_usf_clear_override_hkcu.zip) that would reset it, so I did that too. Not sure it was needed.

    After all that I manually moved all the things from my OneDrive documents folder back to my PC Documents folder. And everything seems fine, for now. Since I don't know why OneDrive decided to kidnap my Documents folder I am a bit worried that it's going to
    happen again
     
    Izuela, Apr 16, 2018
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  4. flummoxed - OneDrive kidnapped document folder

    Help! How do I stop One Drive Sync in Windows 10?

    That's right. If you tell OneDrive not to sync the Documents folder, then you won't see a Documents folder when you open your OneDrive anymore (in other words, your OneDrive will be empty because it's turned off). You'll have to just use the Documents
    folder that's not inside OneDrive instead.

    If you have stuff inside the OneDrive documents folder, you might want to drag it out to your desktop before you turn it off, then drag them to the non-OneDrive documents folder.
     
    Shawn 'Cmdr' Keene [MVP], Apr 16, 2018
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    Brink, Apr 16, 2018
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  6. jalea148 Win User
    Thanx for the start. You were correct about Onedrive <> Overdrive. The Run command in the tutorial did not work. But, I figured out how to get to settings without finding an icon. The Sync has been removed.
    The remaining problem is how to create a documents folder on This PC.
     
    jalea148, Apr 16, 2018
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