The winnowing begins; move what you want to keep off of OneDrive

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2016 - 01:34 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, onedrive

Starting today and wrapping up by the 27th of July, Microsoft will be deleting files from your free OneDrive accounts until you are under the 5GB limit.  If you did follow our previous coverage and grandfathered your storage you will keep your 30GB but it would not be a bad plan to keep an eye on your account over the next few weeks.  The Register reminds us that we are all suffering because of a tiny minority of users who abused the storage policy, instead of Microsoft deleting files from users such as the one who had 75TB of files stored on the service they decided to delete everyone's storage.

As I remind my users when the network drives get full, you will be much happier if you chose the files which are deleted as I am more than happy to hit CTRL-A and Delete to make space.

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"Microsoft is cutting its free 15GB OneDrive cloud storage space down to 5GB, and eliminating the 15GB free camera roll for many users. Files will be deleted by Redmond until your account is under the free limit."

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July 15, 2016 | 01:55 PM - Posted by Zurv (not verified)

deleting? Only after someone doesn't do anything for a YEAR.

till then it is only read-only till you cut down your space.

Here is the full quote:

Immediate action required

There are some important changes to OneDrive, and we wanted to follow up on our previous email to ensure you are aware of them. On July 27, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with your OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. We are also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus.
How this affects you
As a result of these changes, you will be over your storage limit (visit the Storage page to check your account). If you don't bring your OneDrive content under the new limits in the next 14 days, your account will become read only – you'll be able to access your content, but not upload files. If you do not take action in one year, your content may be deleted. You can learn more at our FAQ.


July 15, 2016 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

As usual they are sending mixed messages, some users are being told they have two weeks to remove enough files to drop the total under the 5GB limit.

Most recieved the warning you did, about read only access until about this time next year but since they are sending out different warnings it is worth thinking worst case scenario.

July 15, 2016 | 02:58 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah better safe than sorry, losing personal photos and videos or important business or financial documents could be devastating!

July 15, 2016 | 05:25 PM - Posted by Jeff Murray (not verified)

It actually reads: We are holding your files hostage until you pony up the $. lol

July 17, 2016 | 11:03 AM - Posted by Zkal (not verified)

How is that keeping files hostage? You can access them and save them, you just can't upload more to the service.

July 15, 2016 | 03:07 PM - Posted by Eric (not verified)

Free cloud storage is fine. If it's really important, then actually spending some money to safeguard against files is a option. Besides, I find it cumbersome to juggle 10 gig here, 20 gig there around.

July 15, 2016 | 03:21 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

The rates are not that ridiculous,


July 15, 2016 | 04:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Spinning rust and tapes, it's what the cloud providers use mostly with SSDs/NVM NAND for hot data that needs repeated access. So it's best to get a good home NAS/Home cloud and some form of tape backup(If you have 100TB+ of data to be backed up). Any Spinning rust is good for small amounts data backup for longer periods of time stored in a safe location away from the PC/laptop/other device in a fire safe etc. Any longer periods of archival storage can be done with DVD/BR disks for those with more than 10TB – 50TB data, and as you reach upwards of 100TB high speed tape becomes very affordable.

Really important data does not belong on anyone’s cloud but the user’s own cloud. Once You put your information out there on some third party cloud service it is not yours anymore, no matter what "security" the service claims. Even encrypted data can be stored and taken if any 3 letter agencies are looking more closely at what you are doing! they will take it and store it even if they do not even plan to decrypt the data, it’s just to have the goods on you. If they really want it well the NSA vacuums up so much information that they probably have the entire country’s/other countries’ data backed up to tape or some other media.

July 16, 2016 | 08:25 AM - Posted by Some internet user (not verified)

The sad thing is that you cannot download so much in 2 weeks from onedrive since the average download speed is 200KB/s...

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