How to reclaim drive space on your computer by leveraging a few features of the OneDrive software.
OneDrive allows you to reclaim space in several ways:
- Disable synchronization for particular folders that are unneeded.
- In situations where Files-on-Demand is supported (Windows 10 version 1803 and later, macOS version 10.14 Mojave and later), the "Free up space" command will remove the local copy, leaving only a placeholder.
Both of these options will allow you to strategically remove OneDrive-based files and folders from your computer without actually deleting them from OneDrive. You can then selectively sync or download this data at a later date if you find the need to do so.
Disabling Synchronization for a File/Folder
This option will completely "turn off" an entire folder from synchronizing to the OneDrive or "Bedrock Mfg" folder on your computer.
- Click on the OneDrive icon in your taskbar/menubar, and click More, then Settings.
- Click the Account tab, then select the Choose folders option next to the location you'd like to change.
- Next, you'll be presented with a window showing you all folders you have access to in the location you chose. De-select the items you do not need to keep synchronized to your computer—note that you can drill down and expand folders to reveal subfolders that you can de-select, as well.
You may be asked to confirm the de-selection of files/folders. Click OK to acknowledge.
- Finally, click OK to accept the changes.
This option allows you to "free-up space" on your computer by selectively removing the local downloaded copy of a file or folder that you no longer need to retain on your computer (at least for the time being).
Please keep in mind that this option requires a fairly recent version of Windows 10 (version 1803 or later), or a recent version of macOS (version 10.14 Mojave or later), and this only works on files that are already stored in OneDrive (aka SharePoint).
- First, locate the item that you'd like to remove to free space.
- Next, right-click on the file and select "Free up space" from the menu.
Alternatively, you can choose to "Always keep on this device" a folder you wish to guarantee you always have quick access to, even offline.
- There is no step 3—you're done!