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What is the SkyDrive folder in your Users folder for?

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    Harlequin

    Just noticed my Surface Pro HD was filling up, and noticed my C:/Users/Me/SkyDrive folder was 7GB+...is this just an "offline" feature? Windows 8 thing?

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    Sven Groot

    It means you have the SkyDrive desktop app, which doesn't come with Windows 8 (it may be preinstalled on the Surface Pro).

    You can go into the settings (accessible from the tray icon) to select which SkyDrive folders you want to sync (if any) to save space.

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    Hometoy

    Does this cause a problem if you have multiple users, each with their own SkyDrive account?

    I don't have a Surface or even Windows 8. I am just curious.

     

     

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    Harlequin

    Just me on this, and I do have the SkyDrive Windows 8 app, but I doubt it uses this folder. I just copied my Photos to the MicroSD card, so I can see if it wrecks anything Smiley

    Thought I'd ask here because there isn't anything on the web I can see about this.

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    blowdart

    , Harlequin wrote

    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.

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    Harlequin

    Weird...I never installed the desktop version...wipe folder, space saved Smiley

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    kettch

    @Harlequin: Did you make sure to close SkyDrive from the system tray before you did that? Otherwise you're doomed.

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    Harlequin

    No I didn't...

    Worry.Begin();

    Edit: SkyDrive has a recycle bin....think I'm saved Smiley

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    Harlequin

    So I can guess the System Tray SkyDrive is a service used by the SkyDrive Store app?

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    kettch

    @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.

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    blowdart

    , kettch wrote

     

    The SkyDrive folder in your user directory contains folders from SkyDrive that are sync'd locally.

     

    By the desktop client

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    Harlequin

    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...

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    blowdart

    , Harlequin wrote

    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.

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    Harlequin

    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.

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    And need to find a good "backup SkyDrive locally" solution Smiley

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    kettch

    @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.

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    Sven Groot

    If you have the SkyDrive desktop client installed, Windows 8 File History will automatically include that folder in the back up. Smiley

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    blowdart

    If you turned file history on of course ....

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    Harlequin

    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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