Automatic file downloads of online-only files

I’m not sure which genius thought of the Windows Setting for Automatic file downloads, but it appears to have lost its mind on my Surface Pro. Some download agent of OneDrive appears, entirely on its own, to have decided that I need several gig of old photos to be downloaded continuously to my local drive — even though I have the files set to be online only to save space. If I leave my Surface unattended, this little service runs that starts downloading like crazy. I select “Block App” and it stops….but it will restart on its own after a period of time (perhaps a couple hours). By the end of each day, my Surface has 0 bytes available on the C: drive. Windows really loves having 0 bytes available on the system drive. So I select all these ancient photos, right click, and select “Free up space” to make them “cloud only” and I get all my space back. Until the little download agent runs again. This all started in the last couple of weeks. I never saw this “feature” before then. Hopefully it’s a bug in my “Insider Build” and it will be fixed. Otherwise, it might be time for a nice fresh install.

Has anyone else encountered this issue?

Conversation 3 comments

  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    26 May, 2021 - 5:52 pm

    <p>Not help: I’ve found life is easier NEVER allowing OneDrive to run; instead, connecting to OneDrive once or twice a week using rclone, then syncing files from PC to OneDrive but much less often from OneDrive to PC.</p>

  • darkgrayknight

    Premium Member
    26 May, 2021 - 6:31 pm

    <p>Sounds pretty bad. When I was having issues (not the same) with OneDrive, I ended up disconnecting OneDrive and re-adding my account which ended up with OneDrive working correctly.</p>

  • navarac

    27 May, 2021 - 3:26 am

    <p>Like a lot of things associated with Microsoft, I find OneDrive very slow and fraught with this sort of problem.. To be fair, a lot of settings do not hold between updates – default Apps is another. I went to Dropbox very soon in the Windows 10 cycle and have never has a problem. Its syncing is quicker too. But then I’ve been weening myself off all things Microsoft lately.</p>

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