Windows 10: Keeping a specific subfolder out of OneDrive

Discus and support Keeping a specific subfolder out of OneDrive in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; So I'm having an issue with OneDrive. I've set my "Documents" folder to be synced because It felt like a good idea to get saves for games backed up.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Jonas.W, Nov 21, 2020.

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    Keeping a specific subfolder out of OneDrive


    So I'm having an issue with OneDrive.


    I've set my "Documents" folder to be synced because It felt like a good idea to get saves for games backed up.

    The issue I'm now having is that one game I currently play also saves its mods to this location. That folder is now up to several GB's.

    This eats up most of my OneDrive storage space.


    I briefly looked to see if I could just ignore that particular folder in any settings, no success.

    I seemed to recall that deleting the folder from my OneDrive would also delete it from my local storage which is god damn idiotic to be frank, which upon some websearching turned out to be the case.

    I searched some more and came upon a post on this very forum where someone had a similar problem, and the advice he was given from two different moderators was to back up his folder locally then uncheck that folder in the OneDrive settings. This would of course delete his local folder as well again, bloody stupid system.


    I did this, and then after the folder had been deleted I proceeded to copying it back since I actually need the mods there for the game to find them.

    With the exception of the annoying red error symbol on my folder icon even the parent folders, everything was working great for about 10 seconds.

    After that OneDrive started syncing that folder again, even though I initially had unchecked that folder in the settings.

    When I went back in to the settings, the folder was once again checked presumably because OneDrive thought it was a new folder so it started syncing it again.

    Only now I can't uncheck that box because it's currently on the process of syncing it and I was asked to allow it to complete the syncing process before I could unsync it what?.


    What the actual H is up with this logic? Is there a solution to my problem that doesn't involve me either unsyncing the entire parent directory after making a local backup of course or completely turning the - in essence - useful feature completely off?

    :)
     
    Jonas.W, Nov 21, 2020
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  2. Windows 10 - OneDrive

    Right click on the app and one of the properties has an option to not automatically start it. Uncheck, restart the computer, and it should stop. If you want to go another step further, find the OneDrive app in the start menu, right click on it and uninstall.

    If that is still insufficient, there is a batch uninstaller for OneDrive available online. I can copy the code here if you need it.
     
    FordGT90Concept, Nov 21, 2020
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  3. 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, Nov 21, 2020
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  4. Keeping a specific subfolder out of OneDrive

    OneDrive Issues - Windows 10 64 bit

    Hi Roscoe,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Community.

    We regret the inconvenience caused to you. I would suggest you to make sure the file path isn't too long.

    Example of a file path - C:\Users\<UserName>\Pictures\Saved\2014\January\Holiday\NewYears\Family…

    The entire path, including the file name, must contain fewer than 255 characters. Shorten the name of your file or the name of subfolders in OneDrive, or select a subfolder that's closer to the top-level folder.

    If it doesn't help, then Unlink OneDrive and run OneDrive setup again.
    Follow the steps:


    • Right-click the white OneDrive cloud icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

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      (You might need to click the Show hidden icons arrow next to the notification area to see the
      OneDrive icon.)

    • Click Settings, and then click Unlink.

    • Follow the steps in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard to set up OneDrive.
    Let us know if the issue still persists and we'll be glad to help you.
     
    Navneet Anand, Nov 21, 2020
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