Not using OneDrive? Want it to stop syncing your files?

I ask those questions, because many people aren’t using OneDrive (Microsoft’s cloud-storage device) on their new Windows 10 PC and some don’t want to. So, how do we get rid of something that is integrated into the Operating System? In this case you can’t but, you can disable it and move it from sight. Out of Sight, Out of Mind—right? 

For those who aren’t quite sure what OneDrive is and how it works. Let me give a little background information. OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that allows you to have access to your Documents, Spreadsheets, PowerPoints, pictures, and really anything you can fit into the amount of storage that is available to you. What is cloud-based? This means that no matter what computer you are on, you can login to your hotmail account (or account used when the account was setup on the PC) and have access to the contents of the OneDrive via a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc..). You can download, edit, save to and work from the same ‘file system’ you have on your home computer or laptop.

Now, back to the original reason we are here. We want to turn-off/disable OneDrive. Why? Security reasons, don’t need the accessibility, you pick the reason. To turn off OneDrive, you have to disable the automatic sync function. You can take it one step further and hide the program from view in the Windows File Explorer.  In the taskbar, right-click the OneDrive icon, click Settings from the pop-up menu. With the Drive Settings window open, you will have 4 tabs: in the Settings tab find the General area, un-check the checkboxes. Click the Auto-Save tab, for Documents and Pictures; click the drop-down menu and choose option This PC Only. Uncheck the checkboxes as well. To complete the process of stopping the syncing of files. Click the Account tab and then click Unlink OneDrive button.

Hiding the icon for OneDrive in the File Explorer is a little simpler than the latter. Open the File Explorer by clicking the icon in the taskbar. Right-click the OneDrive icon. In the pop-up menu choose Properties, locate the General tab, then the Attributes section and click the box next to Hidden. Click ok. To remove the icon from the notification area in the taskbar; all you need to do is right-click the icon and click Exit in the pop-up menu.


Save your work!

Have you ever started to work on a project or paper and realized that you will need to take it with you somewhere? Or just need to have an extra copy of your work in a safe non-volatile place? I have, and there are a few choices when it comes to saving your work and making it portable. If you are looking for something small and easy to carry, a SanDisk Cruzer Glide CZ60 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is the ticket. What about for those moments when you need something that will hold more data than a flash drive will contain? A portable hard drive would be a good option. A typical, affordable portable hard drive can hold anywhere from about 500 gigabytes to 2 Terabytes of data. A decent option would be the Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400) portable hard drive. I have a couple of these that I use consistently between home and campus. It keeps me in business no matter what I need to store on it.

Other good options to save your work would be “in the cloud” on places like DropBox , Google Drive, OneDrive (Microsoft/Hotmail) or on a personal cloud storage device. These sites give you a set amount of free space with the setup of a new account. With Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox the space is limited to what they give you for free with your account. With all of these cloud options you can upgrade your space at anytime by purchasing more space. The negative to using this sort of option is that if you find yourself without access to the Internet you have no access to your work. Which is why even though I use cloud services such as these, I still fall back on something that is a little more tangible like a flash drive or portable hard drive for those occasions when I am not sure that I will have constant access to the internet.

So, for those of us who need a refresher on how to save to an external drive (flash or portable Hard drive)

1.) Plug the drive into a USB port on either your laptop or desktop.

2.) For Windows/PC users click File

3.) Click Save As

4.)  In the left pane of the white area click ‘Computer’ if not already selected, then click the Browse button this will open a new window

5.) Your drive will be under the header ‘devices with removable storage’ it is usually labeled with the brand name of the device.

6.) Double-click the device and it will open to your drive

7.) In the file name box, delete the predefined file name and type in a descriptive file name so that you may easily find the file the next time you need it.

8.) Click Save