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  1. The local OneDrive folder, the PC Documents folder, OneDrive backup and sync. How does it...


    I was recently trying to clear some space on my work laptop. I realized I wasn't really using the OneDrive folders on my sidebar so without really understanding what I was doing I unsynced it. It didn't really clear any space I didn't expect it to since as far as I knew, I hadn't actually saved anything on there. I clicked on Documents on my PC and saw that about 2/3rds of my files and folders were missing! After panicking for a good while, I went and looked at my OneDrive folder online. Some of my missing files were there online but not all of them. I re-synced OneDrive and went to the docu

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    Adhiti Raman Thothathri, Aug 5, 2022
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  2. Why I have TWO Documents folders?

    ok so lemme start off my saying i recently wiped my system and installed windows 10
    and i noticed even more recently that i seem to have TWO documents folders...
    i have one that has nothing that it should in it and the other somehow is linked to Onedrive...
    the onedrive linked one has everything that the non onedrive should. (game saves, etc)
    my question is...why? is this normal cause i can't imagine it is...
    i don't think steam game save cloud will work with onedrive so i need to know, is this fixable WITHOUT another wipe? i have no idea how my onedrive got synced with my documents folder. i didn't set it up that way. any help is appreciated!
    thanks!
     
    TheMatt1984, Aug 5, 2022
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  3. rondebbs Win User
    OneDrive and two PCs Documents Folder

    Hello, I have an older Dell All-inOne PC running windows 10. I keep most of my files in the - This PC\ Documents folder. I started using oneDrive to backup my Documents folder. I think when I set this up I just copied the This PC\Documents folder to OnDrive so I now have OneDrive\Documents. I always work on the local Documents folder and periodically get any new files to OneDrive\Documents as a backup.

    I recently got a new Lenovo laptop. After logging on the first time I realized that my OneDrive files could be seen/accessed from the new Lenovo. But now on the new Lenovo I see that my local Documents (This PC\Documents) seem to be populated with all the OneDrive\documents files. I'm not sure how they got to my local hard drive (This PC\Documents). Are OneDrive files automatically copied to my local Documents folder? Thanks - Brad
     
    rondebbs, Aug 5, 2022
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  4. KeithM Win User

    The local OneDrive folder, the PC Documents folder, OneDrive backup and sync. How does it...

    OneDrive and two PCs Documents Folder

    Not exactly. If you right-click This PC\Documents and select the Location tab, you will see that it is pointing to C:\Users\<UserName>\OneDrive\Documents. So your files aren't being copied to your local Documents folder (C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents (it's most likely empty)). They are being saved directly to the OneDrive folder because the OneDrive\Documents folder has been designated as your local Documents folder.

    If you want your new machine to behave like the old one, go to OneDrive settings, select the Auto-save tab, click the Update folders button, and turn off "protection" for all folders. This should move your files to the default Documents folder and only files moved/saved to the OneDrive\Documents folder will be synced.

    Keith
     
    KeithM, Aug 5, 2022
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