After using OneDrive with no problems for one year, I needed to make a change, but it doesn’t appear to work as planned. I am on Windows 10 Pro.
1. The OneDrive local folder was originally located on drive C:, under my user profile (pretty much the default).
2. Because I wanted to use OneDrive more than I did before, it meant that it would ultimately contain much more data. My drive C: is a smaller capacity SSD drive, so I wanted to relocate the local OneDrive folder to a different physical hard drive – D:.
3. Following instructions from the Microsoft site, I took the following actions:
a. In OneDrive Settings I Unlinked This PC.
b. In File Explorer I selected the existing OneDrive folder in my user profile and selected Move To, and chose drive D: as the location.
c. In the OneDrive setup window, which was still open, I selected Get Started, and followed prompts until I was able to click on Change Location and chose drive D:.
d. When I was informed that he files already existed at that locaion, I chose Use This Location, and continued with the setup.
4. That is when my problem began – OneDrive would not sign-in or see the local files. The white cloud simply said OneDrive Signing In. But it never did.
5. I subsequently copied all the data from the local OneDrive folder to a different folder (to completely ensure that I would not lose them).
6. Then I deleted the local OneDrive folder from my user profile and also made sure that the OneDrive folder I created on drive D: was also deleted.
7. I exited the OneDrive application, and subsequently uninstalled it and reinstalled it.
8. Finally, I removed my computer from the account on the website.
9. After reinstalling the OneDrive application I was able to direct it to use drive D:, it went through its setup and located the proper files.
10. Now – the OneDrive icon and folders exist on drive D:, BUT after a while I saw in File Explorer they ALSO reappeared in my user profile as well. That is exactly what I was trying to avoid!
11. I was a Microsoft Certified Professional, so I am pretty familiar with Windows, but I cannot figure out how to fix this… or CAN it be fixed?