Using "Move To" to move large number of files/folders (more than 500 MB) from OneDrive to sharepoint

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around one month ago i were able to move around 25,500 files/folders from a user's onedrive site to a sharepoint online document library. where i used the "Move To" option, and the size of the files and folders were around 12 GB, and got moved in around 8 hours. but today i were reading this article @  Move files and folders between OneDrive and SharePoint and it mentioned the following note:-

 

Notes: 

  • You can move up to 500 MB of files and folders at a time using the online portal. To move larger files or files totaling more than 500 MB, use File Explorer. For more information (using OneDrive to OneDrive for Business as the example), refer to Move files from OneDrive to OneDrive for Business.

 

 

but based on my case last month, i were able to move around 12 GB of data, so not sure what does the 500 MB refer to? and after the move, i restore the items from the user's one drive recycle bin and try another move to a test document library, and i have noted that the destination library got the same number of files/folder and size.. so 2 move to processes were able to transfer 25,500 files and folder with total size of 12 GB... which is against what is mentioned on the above link (mainly that we can only move 500 MB!)... and if there are a real limitation, then why sharepoint online allowed me to do the move...

Thanks

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That documentation seems to need updating, they even say that move to doesn't retain version history which is no longer the case. Now that's pretty impressive that it was able to move that many files however :P. I wouldn't do that many, but still good to know it can handle it!
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@Chris WebbBut can i know why you would not use it?also seems the move operation will be a server-side operation, as i tried a test, where i just initiate the move operation (by selecting the related main folders and move to to sharepoint) , then i logout from sharepoint >> but seems the move operation continue to run till the end !!! also if there is a limitation on the Move To operation, then sharepoint should have prevented us from moving 12 GB, the issue once you start the move operation you can not stop it!!

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Yeah because it's essentially firing off power shell commands on the back end to process the move. I wouldn't use it because anything through the browsers to me is usually a crap shoot with session time out etc. I mean, if it tests out fine then by all means, but I just don't trust anything via web in large quantities from past experience. Not to say this isn't a good idea, just my personal preference until like you, have tested with large data sets then I would feel more comfortable.