UAB students, faculty and staff can access cloud storage through their Office 365 account, using OneDrive. OneDrive offers up to 5TB of storage, as well as the ability to collaborate and work concurrently with others on your team to edit Office documents. You can share access or links with people on campus and off.

You can also access your content and documents on just about any device — laptops, desktops, phones and tablets — so you can work from anywhere. And the best part? It’s free. Learn more about using OneDrive from the links below.

Syncing with OneDrive

Using OneDrive Files On-Demand with Windows 10 v1709

Syncing files from OneDrive to your computer allows you to access your files, even when you’re offline. OneDrive Files On-Demand, available with Windows 10 v1709, also lets you view everything stored in your OneDrive account from your local machine, and immediately download copies of files you need, as you need them. OneDrive Files On-Demand enables you to easily work with application and file types that do not currently support cloud storage. Files can be synced back up to OneDrive for long-term storage and removed from your machine to free up space, until they are needed again.

Click here for additional information about OneDrive Files On-Demand
Click here to watch a brief video about using OneDrive Files On-Deman

Using OneDrive Sync with Windows 7 or older versions of Windows 10

Syncing files from OneDrive to your computer allows you to access your files, even when you’re offline. NOTE: Using OneDrive Sync could result in all of your hard drive space being filled. If you are not on the current version of Windows 10 (v1709) with OneDrive Files On-Demand, you should only sync files and folders that must be accessed offline, or files used with applications that do not support cloud storage, and you should confirm that you have adequate local hard drive space before enabling syncing.

Click here for additional information on the OneDrive Sync Client
To get access to OneDrive Files On-Demand, request an upgrade to Windows 10 v1709 by contacting AskIT at 996-5555 or askit.uab.edu

To determine what version of Windows you’re on: Hold down the Windows Key and press "R" once, then enter “winver” (stands for Windows version) and click “ok"

Not Using OneDrive Files On-Demand or Sync

Certain applications do not support cloud storage and require a local copy of files to function as intended. If you are not using OneDrive Files On-Demand or OneDrive Sync, you can manually save a copy of needed files to your computer or a department share folder, space permitting. If you are interested in using OneDrive Files On-Demand or OneDrive Sync, please see the information above

Click here for additional information about file type issues with OneDrive

OneDrive Service Limits

Items and files - A file's entire path, including its name, must be fewer than 400 characters. For information about characters that cannot be used in file names, see Invalid characters in file and folder names. For information about blocked file name extensions, see Types of files that cannot be added to a list or library. For more information about restrictions and limitations, like size limits for syncing files, and character limits for files and folders, see Restrictions and limitations when you sync files and folders.

File size - Less than 15 GB per file.

Sync – For optimum performance, we recommend storing no more than 100,000 files in a single OneDrive. If you use the previous OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe), the sync limit per library is 5,000 items.

File types used with applications not supporting cloud storage – Some applications (such as Canvas, SPSS and EndNote) do not support cloud storage and require a local copy of files to function as intended. For more information, see this knowledge base article.