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OneDrive's 'Known Folder Move' now rolling out to everyone

OneDrive is making it a little easier to make sure your important files are backed up and protected, just in case you lose access to your PC. Just over a month after Microsoft began rolling out its new Known Folder Move (KFM) feature for OneDrive business users, it's now making it available to everyone (via The Verge).

KFM works by automatically migrating content from your Windows desktop, documents, and pictures folders to OneDrive. With the feature enabled, you won't have to actively manage what content is synced from any of the included folders. Further, OneDrive will help keep files protected with ransomware detection and help to recover files in case they're compromised.

In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said:

This is a new feature we started rolling out broadly this week that is now available to OneDrive users with personal accounts. It makes it easier to move content into OneDrive, have access to all your important files on all your devices, and keep more files protected with features like ransomware detection & recovery.

If your account is eligible for KFM you should see a prompt to set up folder protection when you open OneDrive on your desktop. If you've dismissed the prompt, you can enable protection by selecting the OneDrive icon from your notification area, then heading to the "Auto Save" tab in the Settings menu and selecting the "Update Folders" button.

OneDrive KFM

It's worth noting that there are some restrictions (opens in new tab) on what will be protected. Outlook database files and OneNote files that aren't already in OneDrive can't be protected, for example.

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  • Is it possible to tell onedrive to back up certain custom folders, like the Plex metadata folders in AppData for instance?
  • I wish onedrive provided us with this feature. Sometimes it is very useful. It is rather odd MS hasn't added this despite giving Office 365 users 1TB of onedrive usage
  • Doesn't Google Drive or whatever it's called now, do this? It keeps nagging me about setting up some sync stuff. I rarely use it unless I do school work where people insist on using Google Docs.
  • I'm confused as to how this works? Will I be able to move my Windows Pictures folder onto an external drive and then tell OneDrive to back that up? Will it copy those files to the OneDrive folder (and take up space on the HD) or just sync them to the cloud straight away?
  • I'd like to know if you can set this to back up on a schedule rather than real time. Had an issue before where I backed up certain profiles for my KB and mouse, but because it also stores log files, the files were constantly being updated and One drive was constantly uploading them which brought my system to a crawl.
  • OneDrive is a real time backup system. You could store your files in a different folder and then use the Task Scheduler copy them to OneDrive at regular intervals.
  • How is it different from moving (relocating) your user folders (documents, pictures etc.) by changing their default location to inside the OneDrive folder and then have them automatically synced?
  • I don't think it is, just a more user friendly way of doing it.
  • Dang - With no local Pictures, I flipped the switch on - and now I have 37 Gb of OneDrive reference "cloud" PHOTO files on my Lenovo Miix 630 - This is AWESOME!!!
  • I wish they said something before the roll out! I did a clean install of Windows this past week and thought something went terribly wrong. After another clean install I found the setting to turn this new "feature" off. They should make it opt in, not opt out.
  • Add music to this and I will actually care.