Windows 10: How do I prevent and resolve duplicate but different content OneDrive folders?

Discus and support How do I prevent and resolve duplicate but different content OneDrive folders? in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; I did a refresh/reset on my Dell desktop. I put all my documents and everything in my OneDrive folder but I did not want to spend hours downloading so... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by GarethMostyn, Jul 23, 2021.

  1. How do I prevent and resolve duplicate but different content OneDrive folders?


    I did a refresh/reset on my Dell desktop. I put all my documents and everything in my OneDrive folder but I did not want to spend hours downloading so I chose 'keep my files'. A few weeks later I noticed a problem and I realise that I now have two folders called 'OneDrive' they are almost identical. One is the real OneDrive the same as the cloud version and the other is just on the PC in a folder called OneDrive. I did not name this folder, I assume it was my old pre-refresh One Drive. I have two drives on my computer, a small OS C: drive 100GB which is why my operating system and progr

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    GarethMostyn, Jul 23, 2021
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  2. onedrive duplicating my folders...

    Hi.

    Again, onedrive is going crazy and is duplicating my main folder, full of subfolders. It's locking me out of all my files. I have windows 10, Office 365 home. I paused synch at the moment before I have 1000 copy of my folder, which I can't open anyway!
    Please don't ask me any question that will further delay the repair. Simply give me a step by step solution and then improve onedrive so this won't happen again to so many of us. I suggest you also add "onedrive" in the list of "Windows Topics" below since
    thousands of users have issues with it.

    Thanks

    Michel

    *** Email address is removed for privacy ***
     
    Michel Chiangmai, Jul 23, 2021
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  3. OneDrive resulted in duplicate Documents folders, can't merge

    I did try restore but it wouldn't let me. The result was the same, that being that it complained of there already being a system folder there (i.e., users\Chris\Documents, etc.)

    I just looked in HKCU... as suggested and found the folders defined as "C:\Users\Chris\OneDrive\...". Interestingly, I found a couple of GUIDs other than the Download folder you referred to above. Both point to "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\...". They duplicate
    the explicitly named Personal and Pictures folders assigned to "C:\Users\Chris\OneDrive\...", i.e., they point to the same folder.

    Only Personal, Pictures and Desktop are assigned using the C:\Users\Chris\OneDrive string. As above, Personal and Pictures are duplicated as GUIDs. Desktop is not duplicated.

    Can I just delete the GUID duplicates of Personal and Pictures (not Downloads) and change the OneDrive entries to "%UserProfile%\...," as some others are assigned?

    Is it atypical that Cache is defined as "C:\Users\Chris\AppData\...", unlike other AppData folders defined using "%UserProfile%\..."?

    Edit: if editing HKCU directly results in the duplicate folders remaining, that's fine. I can just move the contents of the unwanted folders into the corresponding defined system folder, then delete the duplicate folders.
     
    ChrisCowles, Jul 23, 2021
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  4. TarAn_D Win User

    How do I prevent and resolve duplicate but different content OneDrive folders?

    Move the OneDrive Folder

    Move the OneDrive Folder in Windows 10

    When you set up OneDrive to sync with your computer, a folder C:\Users\XXXX\OneDrive will be created to store the contents. XXXX denotes your username. To move this folder to another location follow these simple steps:

    1. Unlink OneDrive from your PC:

    • Go to the taskbar notification area
    • Right-click on the OneDrive icon
    • Select settings
    • Click: Unlink this PC
    2. Delete the C:\Users\XXXX\OneDrive folder

    3. Create a new folder (target folder) for OneDrive contents, e.g. D:\OneDrive

    4. Create Directory Junction for the new folder

    • In the search area of the taskbar type CMD and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter
    • In the command window type
    mklink /J C:\Users\XXXX\OneDrive D:\OneDrive

    adjusting it to your specific username and selection of the target folder

    5. Link again OneDrive to your PC using the OneDrive icon in the taskbar notification area
     
    TarAn_D, Jul 23, 2021
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