Microsoft OneDrive is a popular cloud storage platform that offers a significant chunk of cloud storage for free. As a user, you may use it until you consume a limited quota. It also has some extra perks. Some key benefits of using OneDrive over traditional hard disks are large file sharing, accessibility, and real-time synchronization. If you’re running out of OneDrive storage, here are some tips to clean up your OneDrive files.
Empty Recycle Bin
Your OneDrive Recycle Bin may be full, as there may be too many files in it. Emptying your Recycle Bin might help to free up some storage.
Note: Any files in your OneDrive’s Recycle Bin are automatically deleted after 30 days.
Get Large Files List
There may be too many large files in your OneDrive account. The easiest way to detect such files is using OneDrive’s large file viewing feature. Once OneDrive shows a list, you may review them and delete the ones you don’t need. Or you may also download them to your PC and then delete them from your OneDrive account if you need those files later.
Delete Duplicate Files
Duplicate files can hang around in many folders on your OneDrive, even if you haven’t accessed them for years. As the number of duplicate copies increases, your storage space shrinks further, and choosing the correct version becomes a tedious job.
It may be possible that you might have not noticed those duplicates until your OneDrive ran out of storage. You can get rid of these duplicates using tools like Cloud Duplicate Finder.
Methods of Identifying Duplicates
There are multiple ways to discover duplicates. First, find dupes with the same names. You can do it easily if they are all inside a single folder.
One drawback of using this method is the lower probability of accuracy. Sometimes, there are files with the same name yet different texts. It is not possible to determine whether they’re duplicates by simply looking at their file names. Deleting such files without verifying can cause unexpected data loss.
The second option is the file content method, the most accurate but slower way of finding duplicates. Here, you compare the actual text inside your documents to determine whether they are dupes. This method has an edge over the former option. It identifies duplicates regardless of whether the files have the same name.
Using Cloud Duplicate Finder
Cloud Duplicate Finder is a web-based application. It detects OneDrive duplicates that have the same content. You may access CDF through your browser to identify and remove dupes. The process is straightforward.