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    OneDrive goes wild on Comcast data limit

    Comcast in our area made us their crash test dummies for a 300GB data limit. It hasn't been a problem for me until about a month ago when I started storing "My Documents" to OneDrive. Seemed like a great idea at the time. But now OneDrive cranks a GB or more of data most days...sometimes more. In May I had to pay $40 to Comcast for data overage. This month I am on track to pay $70-$80 for a total of 700GB or more. I only have 28GB on OneDrive, and I don't spend much time modifying or creating files. OneDrive sent 40 MB to the cloud in the past hour, and I've not created or modified any files today. I would just shoot it, but I'd have to download all of my files first...and spend even more money on overage charges.

    Does anyone know why OneDrive would act this way? Quick, before I have to do crowdfunding to pay my internet bill.
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    Are you sincing with the OneDrive desktop app? If so, you can stop syncing and then turn it on when you know you have changed something in your documents.

    You can also check your Documents folder for folders relative to apps that may use them for files that keep changing. There are quite a few apps that use your documents folder, these days, so maybe you have one that keeps creating / changing files in there and maybe that's the cause for your issues?
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    Yes, now I am turning sync off when not needed. Hopefully this will reduce the problem until there is a better solution.

    As for files that applications change...hmm...the only folder that has files changed in recent days is Outlook. My main Outlook file is over a GB. Perhaps OneDrive keeps syncing the who darn file everytime an email comes in??

    BTW, I have searched quite a lot on the web about this issue, and there isn't much there except people who have "solved the problem" by ending their use of OneDrive.

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    You might consider downloading and running Nirsoft's free utility NetworkTrafficView...

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

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    Thanks for the NetworkTrafficView tip. I started using the free Networx this week. https://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
    My impression is that these tools are similar.

    I think I'll move Outlook off of OneDrive and just back that up on an external drive...see if that is the cuprit. No matter which application is modifying data, network activity will show up associated with SkyDrive.exe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodough View Post
    Yes, now I am turning sync off when not needed. Hopefully this will reduce the problem until there is a better solution.

    As for files that applications change...hmm...the only folder that has files changed in recent days is Outlook. My main Outlook file is over a GB. Perhaps OneDrive keeps syncing the who darn file everytime an email comes in??

    BTW, I have searched quite a lot on the web about this issue, and there isn't much there except people who have "solved the problem" by ending their use of OneDrive.
    Yes, Outlook should be removed from the sync, because it is always changing, while you have Outlook open.

    To backup my .pst files to OneDrive I did the following:

    1. Created an Outlook Backup folder in MyDocuments
    2. When the computer reboots, a simple batch file is run, to copy the original .pst file from the working Outlook folder to the Outlook backup folder
    3. The folder synchronized with OneDrive is the Outlook Backup folder, not the one where I run the live .pst file.

    Of course, this means if something goes wrong, your Outlook backup may be a bit old (one day old?). That's good enough for me.

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    Comcast stock will probably fall a point or two with this report that my internet data usage is now under control. With Rui's advice and what I was already beginning to suspect, I removed Outlook from OneDrive backup last night, and the virtual scream of data racing up and down the wires (ah, dialup days when there really was a scream) has slowed to mere chirping.

    This episode raises two more issues perhaps best posted elsewhere, but I'll just mention here:

    Perhaps I should divert a small portion of my previous monthly investment in Comcast to instead get an Office365 account where (I assume) I won't need to backup email.

    And a question from a guy who hasn't run batch files since DOS days...are batch files still "a thing?" Apparently so, taking the advice in Rui's post. How does one introduce a batch file to the startup process in this brave new world of Windows computing?

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    There are good reasons to go with Office 365, but you don't get hosted email unless you go with the business version. So, going with the Home version won't help you with your issue.

    Truth is, even with a business email account, you may still want to use Outlook for email, unless you want to use a browser...

    Yeah, support for batch files is still there and if all you want to do is run a xopy command, the venerable batch file is all you need. I have Task Scheduler run the batch file when I login, so that takes care of it .

    I may provide more detailed instructions if you need to.
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    If you simply want off-site backup then have a look at CrashPlan. It has some very intelligent algorithms that lead to a very a reduced traffic to backup changes although the initial backup is rather painful. See2015-06-25_14h08_12.gif
    As far as I can understand it, the last line shows that 18 files with a total size of 43 Mb were backed up in less than a minute be transmitting only 1.8 Mb. I am pleased with this because as I am in Africa, I have a very slow Internet access <1 Mbs.

    The downside is that this just a backup and restore solution. It does not allow for file sharing.

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    I would simply recommend buying Goodsync (https://www.goodsync.com/php/pums/rf...odsync&lang=en) and set it up to sync to whatever internal/external device you wish (across a network as well) just set it up to sync (or backup) automatically on file change - you can also configure it to sync a desktop to Notebook(s) or Smartphones - at $29.95 it is not expensive with regard to what it can offer.

    I use Goodsync to sync/backup data to my Synology NAS - which I also use for video live surveillance (Video Station) of both my houses wherever I am in the world

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    Quote Originally Posted by autobackup View Post
    Frodough

    I would simply recommend buying Goodsync (https://www.goodsync.com/php/pums/rf...odsync&lang=en) and set it up to sync to whatever internal/external device you wish (across a network as well) just set it up to sync (or backup) automatically on file change - you can also configure it to sync a desktop to Notebook(s) or Smartphones - at $29.95 it is not expensive with regard to what it can offer.

    I use Goodsync to sync/backup data to my Synology NAS - which I also use for video live surveillance (Video Station) of both my houses wherever I am in the world
    The problem is not the app used. If you get GoodSync to backup the .pst file, it will generate as much traffic as the native OneDrive app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodough View Post
    Comcast in our area made us their crash test dummies for a 300GB data limit. It hasn't been a problem for me until about a month ago when I started storing "My Documents" to OneDrive. Seemed like a great idea at the time. But now OneDrive cranks a GB or more of data most days...sometimes more. In May I had to pay $40 to Comcast for data overage. This month I am on track to pay $70-$80 for a total of 700GB or more. I only have 28GB on OneDrive, and I don't spend much time modifying or creating files. OneDrive sent 40 MB to the cloud in the past hour, and I've not created or modified any files today. I would just shoot it, but I'd have to download all of my files first...and spend even more money on overage charges.

    Does anyone know why OneDrive would act this way? Quick, before I have to do crowdfunding to pay my internet bill.
    I have wound up moving my Onedrive folder to under Users/Public and then dragging the documents/folders I want synced to that location (particularly my gb's of photos). That way I have direct control of what is synced and don't worry about files like .pst getting backed up (unless it's important to me).

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    Personally, I have a severe problem with ANYONE having my personal information regardless if it's encrypted, password protected or otherwise.... I backup and save my own data on my own external disk drive.

    And FORGET Google Office your office needs.... now THEY have control over all your data and so does the NSA.

    Google and Facebook READILY hand over your data to obama at will... it's all part of their deal to supply your info to them while the companies operate at NO COST or taxes. They are unlimitly non-policed or accountable for anything.

    Easily PROTECT YOURSELVES people and don't be conveinently lazy... backup your own data !

    Best Wishes

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    My grandfather said that if you rely on other people to look out for your interests they will always look out for theirs first. Do not rely on others for your safety or important interests, do it yourself, get your own backup disk and use it.
    First they get you hooked, then they raise the price, then they raise the price, then they...repeat.

    Every problem you deal with today, is the direct result, of a solution to a previous problem.

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    You are a smart man !!! Too many of these posts seem like they're from the "new" Millennial birthers who really have no concept of how computers and your data really work.

    Trust NO ONE with your data. The Internet is bad enough, especially with this BRAND NEW SEVEN FOOTBALL FIELD DATA COMPLEX built in Bluffdale, UT to capture every single piece of data created... just like this post.

    So tell me so the poor souls can continue being so much smarter than everyone else... You still want to create and save all your data online when it's being all of bought, sold and stolen ???? Go for it Kiddos.



    Quote Originally Posted by philomel View Post
    My grandfather said that if you rely on other people to look out for your interests they will always look out for theirs first. Do not rely on others for your safety or important interests, do it yourself, get your own backup disk and use it.
    First they get you hooked, then they raise the price, then they raise the price, then they...repeat.

    Every problem you deal with today, is the direct result, of a solution to a previous problem.

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