Nov 20 2017 03:12 PM
Nov 20 2017 03:12 PM
With Files On-Demand, I am trying to understand the point of changing the status from "Available on this device" to "Always available on this device".
As I understand it, as soon as the status becomes "Available on this device" , OneDrive maintains a sync'ed copy available both online and on the local device. If so, what difference does it make when the status is changed to "Always available on this device"?
Nov 21 2017 10:58 AMSolution
"Always available on this device" means that you explicitly requested to sync permanently the item. Hence the system will never automatically delete the local copy.
"Available on this device" means that the item has been used locally and hence temporarily synced to the device. Hence the system will automatically delete the local copy when needed.
Nov 22 2017 07:39 AM
Thanks Salvatore. It does make sense but still raises some questions. What does "when needed" exactly mean? And where is this documented?
Nov 22 2017 07:54 AM
Sorry, but I have never seen it documented...
Let us know if you find some detailed official article on this subject.
Dec 29 2017 07:24 AM
This time (end of 2017) there is no difference between the two diffrent status (local available) and always available). The difference is only a different Attribute in NTFS.
I have written 2 articles in German language, (have had no time to translate it to english)
so try it with google translation
Hans, MVP Office Servers and Services, Mr.OneDrive
Jan 11 2018 06:40 AM
Can you please tell us if and when the local copy of a file marked as "Available on this device" is automatically deleted by the system?
Instead, I assume that the local copy of a file marked as "Always available on this device" is never deleted automatically. Am I correct?
Jan 11 2018 09:44 AM
You are correct.
Only files that have been downloaded and not marked as Always Available On This Device may have the local version removed only if the disk is running out of space and the file has not been used recently.
Apr 05 2018 12:47 AM
I have had a same question, and now I got an answer. Below is Summary
1. Available on this device
. It means this folder or file temporarily occupy your space in your computer.
. For instance, if you move any file in your PC into your onedrive folder, then sync will be started, but this sync is only available when you have internet connection.
. It means that if all the file or folder is synced between your machine onedrive and on-line onedrive, then this file will become only online available file or folder. And sync is finalized, then this file anymore occupy your space in your PC.
2. Always available on this device
. It means this folder or file permanently occupy your space.
3. Available when online.
. It means that you need internet connection
. Available on this device will be chanted into Available when online if sync is finished.
Is everything clear?
Feb 07 2019 11:11 PM
You stated for Answer #2 that
Always available on this device
. It means this folder or file permanently occupy your space
Does this mean that your folder/file is permanently on your computer and erased off your OneDrive Cloud. Or does it mean that it's permanently on your computer and at the same time, on the OneDrive as well??
Feb 08 2019 10:06 AM
There's always an instance of the files on the Cloud. The status only determines what happens on your device.
Feb 26 2019 05:31 AM
Windows 10 has a feature called Storage Sense. So you can set the limit of a disk to say 90% before it begins to trim old unused files. This is incredibly useful for small SSD drives.
What does this mean for One Drive?
When Storage Sense goes out to trim from temp folders and such, it also looks at One Drive and will re-cloud the oldest files you opened and are resident on the machine so they are set back to the cloud. If you on occasion open files that are very important to you, you can set them to always on this machine and they will not be subject to this cleanup routine.
Mar 04 2020 10:31 AM - edited Mar 04 2020 10:42 AM
this seems misleading. At least in the way I understood you. I mean the statement that "system will never automatically delete the local copy" for "Always available on this device" option.
I have MS Team and there are some files. I synced sharepoint folder containing those files to my laptop. I chose "always available" option in OneDrive. Then I created a copy of a 1 file on my machine, this file appeared in MS Teams. Then I deleted the file using MS Teams. I expected that this file will remain on my local machine as you suggested (system shouldn't delete local copy as I understood). But it was gone...
Maybe I misunderstood something? But it doesn't look like always working this way (at least with syncing of Sharepoint folders)
UPD: after some test I found how it works. So if I created some file using online version of OneDrive - it will be automatically downloaded on my machine to the folder which was marked as "always available". But it will not be automatically downloaded to machine if folder was not marked with this option (always available). So it works one direction but doesn't work another. Hope it's clear
Feb 12 2021 01:42 PM
Nov 16 2021 02:32 PM
Nov 26 2021 08:24 AM
which of these results in the fastest access when you are online with internet access and logged in to one drive? I am having very very slow response to getting files. I guess asked in a different way what is the order of access ? i.e. if file is local (always available on this device) does the file get sourced directly from your hard drive? then if it changes is the sync to the cloud(onedrive) done asynchronously in the background both during access/changing, and at time of save. is the save done to hard drive first then synced in background to one drive, or saved to one drive then synced to hard drive. the reason I ask is that depending on the speed and reliablity of your internet connect it can make a difference. I cannot find any info on how the internals seem to work. since i converted I have noticed significantly slower access ( could be something else, but need to understand the details here).