Windows 10: Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10

Discus and support Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10 in Windows 10 Tutorials to solve the problem; If I want to change all objects that have status "Available on this device" but not "Always available on this device" to "Available when online" status... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Tutorials' started by lx07, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. lx07 Win User

    Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10


    If I want to change all objects that have status "Available on this device" but not "Always available on this device" to "Available when online" status how is this possible?

    Over time you will get more and more stuff with status "Available on this device" either by creating it locally or by using it - which downloads it from OneDrive automatically and sets this status.

    There doesn't seem to be a way to make these downloaded files offline only again without going into every single sub-directory and looking. Am I missing something here?

    If there is a method or a command to call that could recurse through the whole OneDrive directory it would be very useful.

    :)
     

  2. [Q] How to delete camera roll all at once in Windows 10 Mobile?

    I just found a solution. I have tested it and it works.

    Windows 10 Mobile comes with a built-in app named "Explorer". The Dutch name is "Verkenner".

    • Open Explorer
    • Select 'This device'
    • Browse to Pictures
    • Then select '...", and 'Select all'
    • Then you can delete them...

    This work perfectly. You now have available storage. Everything is still on OneDrive and your albums are also present. Your photos (Camera Roll) are just only available online.

    Although I would prefer there would be a clean-up function that gives users some information about it. Because not many people like to do it this way. And it does not provide you with information whether or not your OneDrive files are deleted, and if you
    albums get unrecognized.
     
    Boudewijn Plomp, Jun 15, 2017
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  3. [Q] How to delete camera roll all at once in Windows 10 Mobile?

    Microsoft really leave a big black hole at managing OneDrive space vs. local phone storage. I'm losing hours trying to find out how to free local space WITHOUT losing my photo's on OneDrive. I've ended up deleting photos from OneDrive, including deleting
    them from the Recycle Bin on OneDrive. The photos finally disappear from my phone, but free storage space isn't going up. The storage setting for photos is This Device. I need to clear space on my device for the system update. Please help.
     
    Siem Eikelenboom, Jun 15, 2017
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  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10

    You should be able to right click on the OneDrive folder in the navigation pane, and click/tap on Free up space to change everything in the folder back to Online-only.


    Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10 [​IMG]
     
    Brink, Jun 15, 2017
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  5. lx07 Win User
    That doesn't work unfortunately - it converts everything to online-only irrespective of whether it was "Available on this device" or "Always available on this device".
     
  6. Brink
    Brink New Member
    "Online-only" is technically "Available when online".

    If you open the "Online-only" file, it'll then become 'locally-available".
     
    Brink, Jun 16, 2017
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  7. LarryTX Win User
    "Free up space" is grayed for all folders, including the base OneDrive folder. Only individual files can be made Available Online.
     
    LarryTX, Jul 30, 2017
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  8. Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10

    You can use "Free Up Space" on the OneDrive folder itself. That will remove all local copies of all files within one drive.

    Edit actually it seems to work on any folder that has local copies of files available...

    If your folder does not have any files in it or there are no local files there, the option will be grayed out.
     
    slicendice, Jul 30, 2017
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  9. LarryTX Win User
    @slicendice. Apparently I wasn't clear in my original post. When I right click on the OneDrive folder in File Explorer and on any subordinate folders, the option "Free Up Space" is grayed, disabled, not available, unclickable.I am unable to use it.
     
    LarryTX, Jul 30, 2017
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  10. Do you have any files already downloaded locally? If not then there is nothing to clean up and the option is grayed out.
     
    slicendice, Jul 30, 2017
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  11. LarryTX Win User
    Nooo. I did indeed have many, many files downloaded.Actually, >40Gb of files (or more than 34,000 files) are completely synced between the cloud and the local drive.
     
    LarryTX, Jul 30, 2017
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  12. Oh, there must be a BETA BUG then. For me OneDrive works exactly as it was designed to do, except for one thing. Sometimes the file status icons in Explorer don't get updated properly. Shows as syncing though it's already locally available.
     
    slicendice, Jul 31, 2017
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  13. lx07 Win User

    Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10

    If that was the design it is a mistake and even from their choice of icons it makes no sense.

    If you want to revert the ones the ones that are not explicitly "Always available off line" to online only to free space, you can't.

    That is to say, I can't free space of those that downloaded themselves and not free space for the ones I decided to be always available.

    It is a shame as it is generally better implemented than the placeholders in Windows 8 - "Online only" files take 0 bytes rather than the 4k each the placeholders took for example.

    Perhaps it is just a bug, as you say, but it certainly doesn't currently work the way common sense would indicate.
     
  14. What icon choices? A green icon for locally available, a cloud for available but is currently online only and the sync icon for sync. Makes totally sense to me. If you are referring to the icon where you have an empty folder and it's marked as available offline, then that is correct too, as there is nothing to download. You already see the folder, thus locally available. *Smile

    I can make files local, one at a time, multiple files at a time, single folder and multiple folders at a time, or whole OneDrive at once. I can also free up space one file at a time, multiple files at a time, one folder at a time, multiple folders at a time and the whole OneDrive in one blow.

    Isn't that how it's supposed to work?
     
    slicendice, Aug 2, 2017
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  15. lx07 Win User
    How I understand it you have 3 status.


    Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    These are (from the top)

    1. Online (a file which has not been downloaded). This is a placeholder for stuff just in the cloud.
    2. A file that has been downloaded. This is stuff that you haven't specifically said should be on your device but has downloaded as you looked at a picture or ran a program that downloaded its dependencies.
    3. Always offline. This is stuff you said should always be on your device.

    I want to push number 2 off my device as I didn't specifically say I wanted it. Unfortunately you can't do this.

    At the moment status 2 and 3 are treated the same when obviously they should not be. Status 3 you asked to be always on your device and status 2 you didn't.

    At the moment 2 and 3 are treated the same. This is either a bug or poor design.
     
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