Why Don't All Folders Show in "Backup Sources"?


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These files are logged as being backed up:

"C:\Users\Dennis\OneDrive\.849C9593-D756-4E56-8D6E-42412F2A707B","63 bytes","6/07/2020 5:50 PM","11/06/2022 8:23 AM"
"C:\Users\Dennis\OneDrive\Personal Vault.lnk","1.13 KB","6/07/2020 5:50 PM","11/06/2022 8:23 AM"


"Backup Sources" doesn't show this directory!

I have noticed other missing folders in the past, but perhaps they all started with "$", either way, I want to see all folders.
Edited 11 June 2022 2:31 AM by dbareis
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It may be because the Reflect application actually runs under the SYSTEM account (which is why you can browse into folders that are by default closed off even to administrators, like System Volume Information), and I believe that a given user’s OneDrive folder is set up to be visible only to that user. I’m not certain about this though, given that it is indeed possible for Reflect to back up a OneDrive folder despite the backup job itself also running under SYSTEM by default.
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jphughan - 11 June 2022 6:59 AM
It may be because the Reflect application actually runs under the SYSTEM account (which is why you can browse into folders that are by default closed off even to administrators, like System Volume Information), and I believe that a given user’s OneDrive folder is set up to be visible only to that user. I’m not certain about this though, given that it is indeed possible for Reflect to back up a OneDrive folder despite the backup job itself also running under SYSTEM by default.

The backup of these files occurs so which ever account is doing it has access permissions, in any case I checked the security on the folder and the SYSTEM account has full access as does my account.
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Although I would never use it as a backup source folder, my OneDrive LOCAL folders show up in my Add Source Folders dialog as the FIRST/TOP Entry, not buried in with the other folders, and, as you can see on the left a subfolder is easily added as a destination of a FF backup.   So it has some kind of special status with Windows software.  In this case, it's Win 11 21H2 22000.705 on a laptop.



It's become obvious to me over several years of dancing around with OneDrive, and Microsoft's continued pushing it in my face, insisting that I use it, that what it does FOR me and what it does TO me was constantly changing with each new release, especially an early release that had it gobble up almost ALL my local files and put them on the cloud.   It took a long time to recover and undo all of that, so I decided that I cannot count on it, thus my use of it is minimal.   Since the local directory is backed up by MS to the cloud, I see no reason to use MR to backup those same folders.  YMMV.


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It's become obvious to me over several years of dancing around with OneDrive, and Microsoft's continued pushing it in my face, insisting that I use it
That's why my response to the very FIRST nag post install of Windows is to UNINSTALL OneDrive.. I will NOT be pushed, if I want cloud storage I WILL find an alternate that DOES NOT nag.
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I did the same by uninstalling OneDrive.  When I use OneDrive, I do it interactively through my web browser.  I don't want syncing of any kind.

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I did the same by uninstalling OneDrive

How?  Just go to Settings > Apps > Microsoft OneDrive > Uninstall?

Is it really that simple?  And does this remove the OneDrive folder in Explorer?

                                
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I forget precisely.  I believe that's how I did it.  Apparently, it doesn't remove the OneDrive folder as a search for OneDrive found folders for both of my User accounts on this system. 

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If it at least prevents Windows from attempting to sign in to my OneDrive account whenever I accidentally click the OneDrive folder in the Explorer tree, that would be a big improvement.

                                
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I don't know if it will accomplish that.  I never used OneDrive except interactively on the the web site.  So, I never clicked any OneDrive folder anywhere.

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