Question OneDrive backup - accidently created copy of everything, how to delete ?

ShangWang

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Mar 26, 2021
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Hi all,

So I was checking OneDrive and noticed a "backup" option, I was curious as to what it was since I already have my files synced to one drive.
What ended up happening was it literally made a copy of every single file I had and now it's just taking up unnecessary space.

Is there a way to reverse the copies and delete them ?
 

Colif

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Seems most of the ways are to use some program to do it.

I moved my one drive folder location wrong and now my desktop has a duplicate of almost every file on it, so i get your pain. I just hide desktop icons and ignore it, I have too much storage space to care to fix it. Next clean install will fix it.

careful what you change - https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2273744-one-drive-don-t-make-this-mistake
 

Colif

Win 10 Master
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Turning on backup does more than just the duplication, he might want to look at my link and check the other changes also didn't happen. I already had most of my library folders on Onedrive as I have a 1tb upload limit with them due to an office subscription. It sure makes reinstalling win 10 easy
 

ShangWang

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Turning on backup does more than just the duplication, he might want to look at my link and check the other changes also didn't happen. I already had most of my library folders on Onedrive as I have a 1tb upload limit with them due to an office subscription. It sure makes reinstalling win 10 easy
What seemed to work for me is going into onedrive and searching -copy in indexing, then I just ctrl + a and delete all the files in there, no program files or windows files are saved there so it was safe to delete.

Then I just got rid of all the duplicate desktop icons, done!

I didn't get the weird case in the thread you posted, no cache thing or whatever, all my files are still accessible without onedrive it's just "synced" as before. I think Microsoft might have changed the setting over the years or I didn't have the cloud save enabled so I'm good.
 

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