Just me on this, and I do have the SkyDrive Windows 8 app, but I doubt it uses this folder
No, only the desktop app uses that folder.
Weird...I never installed the desktop version...wipe folder, space saved
@Harlequin: Did you make sure to close SkyDrive from the system tray before you did that? Otherwise you're doomed.
No I didn't...
Edit: SkyDrive has a recycle bin....think I'm saved
So I can guess the System Tray SkyDrive is a service used by the SkyDrive Store app?
@Harlequin: No, the Store app talks directly to SkyDrive. I really wish that it would fall back to the local cache if there was no connection, but that's another issue altogether.
The SkyDrive folder in your user directory contains folders from SkyDrive that are sync'd locally. Anything you do in that SkyDrive folder is reflected in the cloud, and any other computers that you have the SkyDrive service installed on them. Rather than deleting that stuff, you can right click on the tray icon, go into settings, and there's a Choose Folders tab. That will allow you to get rid of locally cached content without doing anything drastic.
Would Office 2013 install the desktop client/service? I know I put my OneNote files on SkyDrive, so OneNote 2013 talks directly to the files in the cloud...
Office 2013 can install SkyDrive pro (which uses sharepoint as a backing store).
For myself I always install the desktop client, because I want my files synced for offline use. You don't have to sync all the folders either, that option was added late last year.
Just need to start following that 3-2-1 rule!
1. Keep 3 copies of any important file.
2. Use 2 different types of media to backup the files.
3. Store 1 copy off site.
And need to find a good "backup SkyDrive locally" solution
@Harlequin: I think your "backup SkyDrive locally" solution is having the desktop client installed on a machine and setting it to sync everything. Then you make sure that folder is included in your regular backup scheme.
If you have the SkyDrive desktop client installed, Windows 8 File History will automatically include that folder in the back up.
If you turned file history on of course ....
So how do you turn this thing off? I have the folder back on my Surface with the entire 7+GB Skydrive there...waste of space...
Edit: Ignore, I think it pretty much is empty...just have 8GB of stuff in my user folder in hidden folders...time to hunt...
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