Microsoft OneDrive vs Google Drive for Development Work


Every time I try OneDrive I always seem to have issues with it these days (used to be fine in the Windows 8.1 days before placeholders were removed and used for everything).

I stored all my .NET Core projects on there and when upgrading them from 2.2 to 3.0, took a copy of the folder and then worked on the new folders to get apps updated and ready to deploy and then deleted the 2.2 folders once complete. As soon as I copied a folder it crippled the PCs performance and took days to sync my 8 small website projects, during which time working in VS was frustrating and it sometimes failed to load IIS Express due to OneDrive taking over all resources.

Trying to use Google Drive File Stream instead, it has none of these performance issues working and syncing quickly but then publishing the project fails about 90% of the time due to locks on files so I must close the project, copy it to a local folder, open from there, publish and then delete the new folder.

I do use GitHub for versioning and backup too but often want to quickly open different projects on different PCs so storing on OneDrive is helpful but it seems I pay the price by having a slow and hot device as a result with very poor battery life.

Also I can never use OneDrive for Office documents as always seem to end up running into conflicts and multiple versions of files when it is only me editing them (works ok with non-Office files aside from issue above) – e.g. copy and paste a Word file in OneDrive using Explorer and then click to open it and you will then find you cannot save it and have to select a version of the file to keep or possibly the only option is to discard changes or save with another name. Also sometimes it duplicates files by sufficing the PC name on the end.

Does anyone successfully use a cloud storage provider with VS?



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