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OneDrive, formerly known as SkyDrive, can be a blessing or a curse. It’s deeply integrated into Windows 8.1 and offers itself to become your one stop for Cloud storage and syncing across multiple devices How to Use Your Windows 8 PC Anywhere - Without Taking It With You! How to Use Your Windows 8 PC Anywhere - Without Taking It With You! Imagine your files, settings, and apps followed you everywhere. In Windows 8 that's possible and we will show you how it works. Read More . If everything is set up right, you can log into Windows 8 from any given device and find that your files, settings, and apps are already there.

Now let’s see how you can improve that experience, which in some cases — if you think cloud-based syncing is creepy — might actually mean disabling OneDrive altogether.

Move OneDrive Folder

Changing OneDrive’s default location is easy and has many advantages. You can free up space on your system drive, reduce read/write operations that cause wear on your SSD 3 Top Tips To Maintain Performance & Extend The Life Of Your SSD 3 Top Tips To Maintain Performance & Extend The Life Of Your SSD For years, standard hard drives have been the speed limiting factor in overall system responsiveness. While hard drive size, RAM capacity, and CPU speed have grown almost exponentially, the spinning speed of a hard drive,... Read More , or use space on external drives How To Increase Storage Space On Windows 8.1 Devices With SD Cards How To Increase Storage Space On Windows 8.1 Devices With SD Cards Windows 8.1 devices, even the tablets, are full PCs and often support SD cards. They are great for storing libraries, downloads, and SkyDrive files externally. We'll show you how to best use the extra storage. Read More more efficiently.

Per default, Microsoft’s cloud storage utility resides on the C: drive. To move it to another partition or an external drive, open the Windows File Explorer (there’s a shortuct in your Taskbar) and find OneDrive in the left-hand menu. Right-click it and select Properties.

OneDrive Properties

In the Properties window, switch to the Location tab, select Move… and pick your preferred location. Note that only the content of your old OneDrive folder will be moved, not the folder itself. So create a folder called OneDrive if that is your desired destination. Then click OK.

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Move OneDrive Location

Confirm that you want to move all files contained in the old OneDrive folder to the new location.

Move OneDrive Folder

After the move has completed, check whether all files safely arrived in the new location. The folder should look like the one depicted below.

Move OneDrive New Location

Now you can go back to the old location and delete the now empty OneDrive folder.

Move OneDrive Old Location

Customize Sync Settings

OneDrive doesn’t automatically sync all the files you’re storing in the Cloud How To Keep Your Files Synced With SkyDrive In Windows 8.1 How To Keep Your Files Synced With SkyDrive In Windows 8.1 Storing data remotely and syncing them across devices has never been so easy, especially if you're using Windows 8.1. SkyDrive received a significant update, improving its integration with Windows and adding interesting new features. Read More to your local drive. What you see in your local OneDrive folder are often “smart files”; you could also call them “ghost files”. They’re smart because they save you space. Instead of taking up disk space all the time, only files you want to open are downloaded from the Cloud. The drawback is that you won’t have access those files when you’re offline, for example while traveling.

Here is a simple trick to make sure important files are always available to you. Open the OneDrive folder on your computer, right-click a folder you need to be able to access anytime, and select Make available offline. That’s it.

Make Available Offline

If you need a copy of all your files on your local drive, go to the OneDrive app, open the right-hand menu, go to Settings, then Options, and set Access all files offline to On.

OneDrive Access Files

Turn on Camera Backup & Earn 3GB Storage Space

OneDrive offers a the Camera Roll feature for backing up images and videos to the Cloud. Search for Camera Roll via the Charms bar to get directly to its settings. Per default, uploads are turned off. You can choose to upload photos in good quality to save storage space or best quality if you want to back up your photos. Uploading videos to OneDrive is a separate option.

OneDrive Camera Roll

Note that OneDrive will fetch images and videos from your Pictures and Videos libraries only. You can move these folders the same way you can move OneDrive via the File Explorer (see above).

OneDrive can also back up photos and videos from your mobile devices. You can even earn 3GB of free online storage space if you install a OneDrive mobile app (e.g. for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone 8) and enable the Camera backup feature.

OneDrive Camera Backup

Use OneDrive as Default Save to Location

Did you manage to grab extra storage space when Microsoft officially renamed SkyDrive to OneDrive? If you’re still wondering what to do with the extra space, how about using it as a backup location? Or maybe you’d like to sync all your files across multiple Windows 8 devices? For this to happen, you would want to have Windows 8 save all files to OneDrive per default.

Setting this up is slightly tedious. Fortunately, our own Chris Hoffman has laid out the process of pointing everything to OneDrive in an article on HowToGeek.

Disable OneDrive

There’s a slim chance you’re not at all satisfied with OneDrive. You might be self-hosting files in the Cloud Who Needs Dropbox and SkyDrive? Host Your Own Files With FTPbox Who Needs Dropbox and SkyDrive? Host Your Own Files With FTPbox If you had a million dollars, would you rather store it in a safe at someone's house or at your own place. Why wouldn't you want to control your own data like assets? Read More . Or maybe you only have a single Windows 8 machine and don’t feel comfortable with storing copies of your personal files in the Cloud. All you want is to disable OneDrive.

Although OneDrive has become an integral part of Windows 8, it can be disabled via the Group Policy Editor. That sounds more complicated than it is, but we have prepared a step-by-step explanation just to be sure: How To Disable OneDrive In Windows 8.1 Pro How To Disable OneDrive / SkyDrive With Just A Few Clicks In Windows 8.1 Pro How To Disable OneDrive / SkyDrive With Just A Few Clicks In Windows 8.1 Pro Cloud storage utilities are a drag on system resources, especially if you're running more than one. If you don't use OneDrive (fka SkyDrive), disable it now. Read More

Disable OneDrive

If you’re not running Windows 8.1 Pro, you can try the REG file provided by Eight Forums.

Do You Make Use Of OneDrive?

What’s your take on OneDrive? Do you think it is well integrated, lacking features, or do you find it too intrusive? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!

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