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Microsoft 365 - Sync your files with OneDrive
Updated: 30 July 2020 03:57 PM

Synchronizing your data to OneDrive is a fantastic way to keep your work files protected in the cloud. OneDrive provides 5TB of space for your files.

Benefits of syncing to OneDrive

  • Securely access files anytime across devices, even when you are offline. OneDrive is available for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. OneDrive is also accessible from a web browser, visit 365.ocadu.ca and click the OneDrive icon.
  • Protect your files against hardware theft, loss and damage. If something happens to your computer, the synchronized files are still available to you on OneDrive.
  • Avoid accidental deletions. If you delete a synchronized file from your computer, that file will remain on OneDrive for 90 days.

How to Synchronize a Folder with OneDrive

First install the OneDrive application. When you install the Microsoft OneDrive sync app, a copy of your OneDrive is downloaded to your Computer and put in the OneDrive folder. This folder is kept in sync with OneDrive. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder on the OneDrive website, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted in your OneDrive folder and vice versa.

To upload files to OneDrive automatically, just copy or move the files to your OneDrive folder using the Finder (macOS) or File Explorer (Windows), or save them in your OneDrive folder from an app. Files you upload this way can be up to 15GB in size. If you installed the OneDrive app on other computers, the files will automatically be added to the OneDrive folders on them, too.

Syncing with OneDrive Demonstration

This demonstration is on macOS, the process is similar on Windows. More detailed links are found below.

Microsoft Links

Download the OneDrive application
Sync files with OneDrive on macOS
Sync files with OneDrive on Windows
OneDrive Help & Learning