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Syncing to new laptop


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My old laptop has a 20 GB OneDrive folder synced to my OneDrive account. I have just purchased a new laptop and want advice as to the simplest way to sync it to my cloud account (and discard my old laptop after scrubbing all it's HDD content).

For example, can I use an ethernet connection to copy the OneDrive folder from my old laptop to my new laptop, then install the OneDrive app on my new laptop (for subsequent syncing)?

I want to take every precaution that I don't lose any files currently in my OneDrive cloud account. Thanks in advance for any advice!



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  • 11 months later...


Unlike Dropbox, Onedrive cannot detect other systems on your local LAN and then sync more quickly vs. pulling down from OneDrive servers. So, to make things go faster, you could copy the files over manually before turning on OneDrive then select that folder where you copied your data. When you enable Onedrive, it will then see the files are already there and only sync the delta's. 

From there, you can blow away your old system and you're good-to-go.

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