📁 Upload Files to OneDrive

As a part of Information Technology's ongoing efforts to migrate away from our legacy network drives to OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage offering, these instructions will help you move your personal files from your H: drive (or from folders on your computer) to OneDrive. There are 3 options for moving files to OneDrive: 

Option 1: Use the Sync Client (Recommended)

If you feel comfortable migrating your files yourself, it's quick and easy to do! Follow the instructions below to move your files to OneDrive. 

Migration instructions

  1. Make sure OneDrive is running on your computer: 
    MacOS: Use Spotlight to search for "OneDrive" and open it. You may see the blue cloud-shaped OneDrive icon in your top bar once it's running. 
    Windows 10: Open the start menu and search for "OneDrive". You may see the blue cloud-shaped OneDrive icon in your system tray (near the clock) once it's running. 
    (If you can't find the OneDrive app on your computer, see  Install the OneDrive Sync Client for more information.) 
  2. Open File Explorer (MacOS: Finder), and select the files that you'd like to upload. 
  3. Right-click on the selected files, and select Copy.
  4. Open your OneDrive folder:
    MacOS: Open Finder, and browse to "OneDrive - Cedarville University" in the sidebar.
    Windows 10: Open File Explorer, and browse to "OneDrive - Cedarville University" in the sidebar.
  5. Right-click in the white area next to your OneDrive files, and select Paste.

Tracking Progress

After you complete this process you will see your computer go through two steps.

First, your computer will make copies of everything on your H: drive in your OneDrive folder. You'll likely see the usual file copy progress dialog you usually see when copying large files. 

Second, after the file copy has completed, your computer will automatically begin uploading the files from your computer to the OneDrive cloud. This may take quite a while, depending on how many files you had in your H: drive. You can track the progress by clicking on the OneDrive icon in your System Tray (Windows 10) or your top bar (MacOS).

When both of these steps have completed, the icons next to the file and folder names will change from a syncing icon, to a blue cloud or green checkmark.

Come Back Later?

After the first step of copying your files from you H: drive into your OneDrive folder is complete, you can allow your computer to sleep, shut down, restart, or hibernate without any risk to your files. The computer will simply resume syncing your files from where it left off the next time you open, power on, or wake up your computer.

Option 2: Upload in a Browser

If you don't have enough room on your hard drive to do the Sync Client migration, or if for some reason you need to move files to OneDrive without using the sync client, you can upload files directly to the OneDrive webpage. This works best well for a small number of files and folders, and when you can leave your computer connected and running for a while after starting the upload. 

Migration Instructions

  1. Use your favorite browser to log into the Office Portal at https://portal.office.com using your Cedarville University email address & password. 
  2. Once you're logged in use the menu in the upper right to navigate to OneDrive
  3. Open File Explorer (MacOS: Finder), and find the files or folders that you'd like to upload. 
  4. Set up your screen so that the browser where you have OneDrive open and your files are side-by-side, and then drag and drop the selected files or folders into the OneDrive webpage.
    Note: If you already have folders in your OneDrive, you may need to drop the files in white space near the top of the page so that they don't end up in an already-created folder. 

Tracking Progress

After you start the upload, OneDrive will pop up a little menu indicating how the upload is going. Please do not shut down, restart, or put your computer to sleep while the upload is in progress, as that may cancel the upload in the middle. Once the upload is complete, your files will be safe in OneDrive.

Option 3: Request Help from IT

If you're not comfortable uploading your files on your own, or there are too many for you or your computer to handle, we'd be happy to help you out! 

Use the form linked below to request help:


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