OneDrive Expandable Storage and Personal Vault Launches Worldwide

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in OneDrive with 9 Comments

Microsoft announced two major features for OneDrive back in June: Personal Vault and expandable storage. Both of the features are launching worldwide today.

OneDrive’s new Personal Vault provides users with a secure place within their OneDrive cloud storage. The vault can only be accessed using a pin or your phone’s biometric authentication system. Personal Vault includes other features like automatic locking, BitLocker encryption on Windows 10, and restricted sharing. The feature first launched in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, but Microsoft is rolling the feature out to all users worldwide today. For those with the free or standalone 100GB plan of OneDrive, you will only be able to store up to 3 files in your Personal Vault, while everyone else will be able to store as many files as they want on their Personal Vault.

Expandable storage on OneDrive is also launching today, meaning those with an Office 365 subscription can now expand their 1TB storage in 200GB increments, starting at $1.99 a month for an additional 200GB of storage.

Microsoft is also announcing the release of the Dark Mode for OneDrive on iOS, which works on all devices with iOS 13. And on Windows 10, PC folder backup is now more deeply integrated with the newest version of Windows 10.

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9 responses to “OneDrive Expandable Storage and Personal Vault Launches Worldwide”

  1. colin79666

    So $9.99 a month for an additional TB per user yet a 365 Home subscription costs $9.99 a month for 6 users each with a TB?!

    • anoldamigauser

      In reply to colin79666:

      Only the purchaser of an Office 365 Home subscription is eligible to purchase an additional TB of storage. Those that the account are shared with get the standard 1 TB, which is still a good deal. I am unsure if they would be able to purchase an additional TB separately.

    • dashrender

      In reply to colin79666:

      I'm guessing Colin's point was that for $9.99/m, a home user can effectively get 6 TB of storage, assuming one person uses all 6 of those accounts.. Of course, that one user has hoops to jump through to make those separate buckets of storage work together.

  2. mattbg

    I’m on Office 365 and in Canada (where it had apparently already been rolled out) and just got Vault and the extra storage options last week.

  3. David L. Berger

    Why would anyone in their right mind pay these outrageous prices for additional storage when each Office 365 Home account comes with essentially 6TB of data? All you need to do is create another Microsoft Account, add that account to your Home account, and then share that 1TB with the Home account. 5 accounts and you get 5TB. If Microsoft really wanted to make Office 365 an irresistible bargain, they would give the Home account a little storage control panel where you could allocate the 6TB to the 6 accounts any way you wanted allowing you to give additional storage to those accounts that need them.

    • dashrender

      In reply to DavidLB:

      My guess why they don't allow you to carve up the space - because they don't wan you doing that - that's not the intention... They want you to spend more money for more space - or deal with the pain of working outside the system.

      we might not like it - but it's their product to earn money on any way they please.

  4. dashrender

    Is the Personal Vault enabled on O365/M365 business accounts? If so, how does a business gain access to that vault if they don't know the pin?

  5. andrue_owner

    I agreed with DavidLB regarding outrageous prices for additional storage when each Office 365 Home account comes with essentially 6TB of data. It's a marketing total mistake. To the point it was detailed at recently. Each of us wants to get the best storage for the best reasonable price, it;s normally. And regular paying xtra money is the worst way to attract new customers. Therefore I'm very sceptic regarding OneDrive Expandable Storage.

  6. puudevascpor1973

    As I was told at Microsoft Support Center , you get 5 GB of free storage when you sign up for OneDrive, but you can always buy more or sign up for Office 365 to get more storage. I need to say it's a difficult moment when you realize that the finalproduct will be much more expensive than you expected. But I think we have to read OneDrive Manual to catch all the needed details.