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Unlink onedrive - lost file (content)


Yesterday I unlinked OneDrive Personal to link up my OneDrive Business. I normally don't use OneDrive Personal but when my new computer was setup my personal account was linked (desktop, docs and pics). It synced alle my files and said it was full, I continued work on it since I thought it was stored locally on the computer.

I did a lot of work on a file stored at my desktop, which I saved multiple times during last week. Yesterday I unlinked the OneDrive Personal and linked up OneDrive for Business. Today I was going to edit the file again, everything was lost and it shows only the content of the file at the beginning (before edit started)

How can this be? Somebody else heard of this, found a solution?
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
Hi Aage,

By design when you unlink OneDrive it leaves whatever data was on disk locally and keeps it there. However, if you enabled Files On-Demand option it only stores the files in the cloud thus freeing up space on your local disk IF you instruct it to remove the files from your local drive. Then when you edit a file it downloads the file to the local disk and syncs the changes to the cloud.

Regardless, it sounds like the files were local no matter the config since you  stated your drive was full so the files should still be there. Has your disk space gone down since you unlinked?

Browse the directory C:\Users\%user%\OneDrive or a folder closely named to it like OneDrive1, etc. All your files should still be on your local disk and if not they are in the cloud.

If your disk space has been freed up, meaning all your files have been deleted then you can still access them via the cloud. Re-download them and copy/paste them into OneDrive for Business. Both OneDrive and OneDrive for Business can run simultaneously.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
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