A friendly reminder about your OneDrive storage amount

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2016 - 05:06 PM |
Tagged: onedrive, microsoft, cloud storage

Remember the good old days when OneDrive moved from offering you 1TB of storage to an unlimited amount?  That did not last too long, they changed their minds and dropped the paid service back to 1TB and the free version from 15GB to 5GB, with a chance to grandfather in the additional storage if you followed up with them.

A viewer recently encountered this for the first time and it seems appropriate to remind everyone about the change.  If you have the paid service and are storing over 1TB you may have already heard from Microsoft but if not then consider this the warning that you have better trim down the amount of data you store on OneDrive as the changes are going to happen in the latter half of this year.  The same goes for free users who have 15GB, or 30GB if you opted into the camera roll service, get the amount of files you have stored on OneDrive under 5GB or risk losing data you would rather keep.  The standalone 100GB and 200GB plans will be reduced to 50GB, the price will remain at $1.99 per month.

The whole situation is reminiscent of a teacher in a classroom full of kids choosing to punish the entire class for the actions of a few individuals; in this case the tiny percentage which exceeded 75TB of usage.  Make sure to clean up your OneDrive as soon as possible, this is not something you want to wait until the last minute to do.

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"If you are using more than 5 GB of free storage, you will continue to have access to all files for at least 12 months after these changes go into effect in early 2016. In addition, you can redeem a free one-year Office 365 Personal subscription (credit card required), which includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage."

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February 5, 2016 | 05:34 PM - Posted by James (not verified)

Important to note they they did SLIGHTLY backpedal the changes: http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/11/microsoft-partially-takes-back-changes-...

February 5, 2016 | 05:41 PM - Posted by James (not verified)

Nope im an idiot. Misread the article. You had that covered already.

February 5, 2016 | 06:49 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

No worries, to be honest this had completely slipped my mind which was why it seemed appropriate to remind people.

February 6, 2016 | 08:24 AM - Posted by Steve c (not verified)

Actually they forward pedaled.

They no longer offer "at least 12 months" to those of us who had the service. You can't sync your files (I can't and others on the blog)

They are NO LONGEr offering refunds

So if you paid for product (like me ) in November of 2015, you cannot sync your files any longer nor get a refund

"At least 12 months" and "pro rated refunds"


Microsoft has lost the ability to communicate with its users.

And they had approached us about switching to onedrive business !!! Hilarious

February 9, 2016 | 01:46 AM - Posted by ThorAxe

Fortunately I opted in before the offer expired so I still have 40GB available on OneDrive

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