My Files aren’t being Uploaded to OneDrive
There are many possible reasons why some of your files aren’t being uploaded to OneDrive:
- Temporary problems with your internet connection, as well as possible OneDrive service glitches emanating from the Microsoft mothership. Transfers are affected by yourPC speed, your ISP’s bandwidth allocation on your internet connection (their limits on your upload/download speeds), network congestion, content type and distance to the OneDrive data centers.
- The path to a file is longer than 255 characters. To remedy this, either shorten the filename or move it out of the sub folders in OneDrive or select a subfolder that’s closer to the top level folder. Try to upload the file again.
- If you recently moved, renamed, or deleted a folder or file, then it obviously won’t show up on OneDrive under the original name or location.
- You could still have the file open in an app you’re using. Save and close the file (or the app) and then try adding it again.
You can try performing a clean install of the OneDrive app on your computer. You’ll want to first uninstall the current client:
- On Windows, Go to Programs and Features in the control panel. Double click on the OneDrive icon or right click and select Uninstall.
- On a Mac, drag the OneDrive App from your Applications Folder to the Trash.
Note: The OneDrive folder will remain on your system so that you do not lose any files you sync’d from OneDrive.
Download the latest version here: https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/download. Then you can install the latest OneDrive client app.
Force OneDrive to Sync
If you’ve made changes that aren’t propagating to the rest of the OneDrive universe, then you may need to manually force a sync. There are various ways of going about this:
- Save the file in your OneDrive. Manually move it out of your OneDrive folder, then move it back in.
- Try creating a .bat file (on Windows) to regularly force a sync. The following batch file will create a new folder in your OneDrive folder, thereby forcing OneDrive to rescan your local OneDrive folder for changes and update any file and folder changes it finds on the web. The bat file is available at http://wlmail.wordpress.com/force-sync/.
- What has worked well on my Mac is to simply quit the OneDrive app and open it again, forcing it to sync as it starts up.
What if OneDrive is Taking a Long Time to Sync Files?
Your initial upload of files to the OneDrive servers will take an especially long time, but some users experience issues where certain files or folders refuse to sync. To remedy this situation, you should try to force OneDrive to sync again:
- Look in the OneDrive folder for files that are still syncing (as indicated by blue arrows in a circle Icon on the file or folder instead of a green check mark).
- Move the files that are still syncing out of the OneDrive folders to another location outside of OneDrive, such as the Desktop. This will delete the files off OneDrive but you will still have a local copy on your local PC.
- Once OneDrive changes to the status OneDrive up-to-date, move the files back to OneDrive by returning them to the OneDrive folders.
- OneDrive will try to upload them again and that will hopefully fix the problem of OneDrive files refusing to sync.
OneDrive Speeds are too Slow compared to Dropbox!
I fear many people have been spoiled by Dropbox. Change a file on a connected laptop 50 miles a way, and it instantly shows up in your Dropbox at home. There is a manual configuration option to allow users to increase the number of simultaneous uploads with OneDrive.
Even with that tweak, OneDrive still has a long ways to go before it competes with Dropbox. If OneDrive is giving you too many upload problems, you can request a OneDrive refund.