Microsoft is finally dropping its 2GB file restriction for OneDrive

Earlier this year, Microsoft rebranded its SkyDrive service to be called OneDrive, and has been improving the service on a nearly monthly basis. With apps being updated constantly, free storage for those with an Office 365 subscription, and a bunch of other features being added, Microsoft is pushing OneDrive with all of its corporate power.

During the last few days, users have started to notice that Microsoft has removed its artificial limitation preventing 2GB files from being uploaded to the service. Fortunately, this was not a fluke, as it looks like Microsoft is removing this limitation.

Microsoft confirmed that the block was starting to be removed on some accounts and is rolling out to additional accounts at this time. The company had the following to say:

As we mentioned on our uservoice, we have started the work to increase the file size limit for all OneDrive accounts. We have started the process with a small number of customers and will continue to roll it out to our full customer base. We will have more to share on this update in the near future, stay tuned to the OneDrive blog.

It's about time that Microsoft is starting to remove the limitation as it is now quite easy to create files over that size if you are sharing zipped files of photos or movies. Not to mention that if they truly want you to use OneDrive as your central file service, large files need to be included as well.

At this time, it is not known if there is a new file size restriction.

Based on the statement that Microsoft has given, it looks like they are planning to announce this feature soon and that users discovering the unblocking of the file size limit jumped the gun for the upcoming post. We will be curious to see if Microsoft has any other features to announce in their upcoming post which should be landing soon.

Source: TNW

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Onedrive keeps getting better and better. A definite pat on the shoulder for Microsoft, together with Office they still have unbeatable software that I'm more than happy to pay for, and this is coming from a Mac user.

I've been waiting for years for the feature of syncing a folder other that moving files in it. How how would it be to implement this?! I mean.... right-click folder -- sync with OneDrive. BOOM! best service ever!!

Mike Greenway said,
I'm confused? (and mean nothing negative) but every folder in my PC's OneDrive folder already syncs every file change?

yes but it still has to be in the OneDrive folder. What if I want my c:\photography to be synced?

Awesome news. I have a message of about 15 files that are not syncing on one computer because of this restriction. When some camcorders these days can easily produce >2GB video files of home video, there is really no excuse to have this restriction. All kinds of valid uses for >2GB files.

I think MS are doing good work right now. I've always had my main email at Yahoo since the 90's but terrible re-designs and now re-direction to the homepage before letting you log into mail has been the last straw. Going to start moving everyone to my Outlook account and I'm also moving from Dropbox. 5 years ago I would have never moved to Hotmail. I hope MS don't let me down.

I must be missing what You are saying about co-ownership. I can edit a OneNote file that is stored OneDrive and shared with my wife, seconds later it changes on my Wife's PC/Microsoft Account and she can edit it again and I can share any folder with someone.

I know that works :)
What I want to do is share my pictures folder with my girlfriend that she also has offline access to. When she adds pics to that offline folder, they get added to my Onedrive folder

Limitation is with IIS where each Application Pool cannot address more than 2048MB RAM. They either liberated IIS from this stupid limitation or stopped using it

Riva said,
Limitation is with IIS where each Application Pool cannot address more than 2048MB RAM
I guess IIS only provides front-end, so this is not the major reason.

Riva said,
Limitation is with IIS where each Application Pool cannot address more than 2048MB RAM. They either liberated IIS from this stupid limitation or stopped using it

Nope. File uploads are streamed and don't require the server to allocate the storage for the file.

Why can't you just remap your My Documents, My Pictures, etc to your OneDrive folder and not worry about it?

Edit: Oops, sorry, wrong thread...

Jordanzhninja said,
When will we be able to back up program files or other files like ones in My documents or the desktop to onedrive without moving them?

I wouldn't be surprised if they offer a "Windows backup" service to OneDrive built into Windows 9 etc. But then how much storage will you need? I mean my program files directory is way bigger than my OneDrive storage, so are you going to be fine with paying the subscription each year to have a full Windows OS backup to OneDrive?

In answer to your question George,

Yes, If it didn't have to store the data locally via normal backup applications I already would be doing this for my OS Drive :)

George P said,

I wouldn't be surprised if they offer a "Windows backup" service to OneDrive built into Windows 9 etc. But then how much storage will you need? I mean my program files directory is way bigger than my OneDrive storage, so are you going to be fine with paying the subscription each year to have a full Windows OS backup to OneDrive?


Well, if you have Office 365 you get one Terabyte of space. Lot of space for multiple backups.

George P said,

I wouldn't be surprised if they offer a "Windows backup" service to OneDrive built into Windows 9 etc. But then how much storage will you need? I mean my program files directory is way bigger than my OneDrive storage, so are you going to be fine with paying the subscription each year to have a full Windows OS backup to OneDrive?

That would be fantastic. For me, a TB of space would be PLENTY for a solid online backup of my whole "important stuff" drive.

fergiej said,
Why can't you just remap your My Documents, My Pictures, etc to your OneDrive folder and not worry about it?

Some of us would like Windows to have as comprehensive of a backup option built in like Mac OS X has with Time Machine. It is not about necessarily having your personal files backed up. Its about being able to be back-up-and-running as quickly as possible in the event of a drive failure.

At first when SkyDrive started they didn't plan to turn it into such a big service as it is today so I can understand having file size limits in place. But now that they have subscription plans people can pay for and they can make money through the service compared to the start when it was just a free thing on the side the idea of limits is not needed.

Hell, it'd be in their interest to allow you to upload bigger and bigger files and then have you paying for more storage each year.

Now if only they'd add more media support to OneDrive, or basically allow the Xbox Music app on WP8.1 to access a OneDrive music folder and stream it then that'd get me to use it more than what I do now.

Enron said,
Or try Windows 8

Yes, but not everyone has 8.1, neither does everyone have the option to install the OneDrive client on WP. Having to sign in, sync, and make sure it uploads, then sign out and uninstall for just one instance. On Google Drive you can just drop the folder on the web interface.

I don't know, I click reply and it puts "Type comment here..." in the box and it's supposed to go away when I start typing but it doesn't. Hopefully they'll fix that soon.

Type comment here...

Enron said,
I don't know, I click reply and it puts "Type comment here..." in the box and it's supposed to go away when I start typing but it doesn't. Hopefully they'll fix that soon.

Type comment here...

This is a lie because the "Type comment here..." is in the placeholder attribute of the <textarea> tag. Your browser does not consider that as part of the value in the text area. In order to do that, your browser would have to set the part between the beginning and end tags to have that text.

Enron said,
I could record a video of how it stays in the box.

Type comment here...

There's nothing wrong with the Neowin website. Most likely, it's a problem with your web browser. What are you using?

Nope, it's definitely something with the website because when creating a new comment thread, it works fine. The "Type comment here..." goes away immediately when you start typing into the box. However on reply boxes, the "Type comment here..." stays as actual text that has to be deleted manually. How could it work on one part of the site and not another?

Type comment here...
^^^ this should go away when I start typing in the box

Enron said,
Nope, it's definitely something with the website because when creating a new comment thread, it works fine. The "Type comment here..." goes away immediately when you start typing into the box. However on reply boxes, the "Type comment here..." stays as actual text that has to be deleted manually. How could it work on one part of the site and not another?

Type comment here...
^^^ this should go away when I start typing in the box

It goes away for everyone else though...

Enron said,
Do you use IE11? It happens to me even if I turn on compatibility view.

Type comment here...


Yes Modern UI mode though. I have not tried desktop IE 11 as I am on my Linux partition running Chrome right now.

Are you using touch (I.E. you tap the Comment box) to comment?

Enron said,
Nope, I'm mousing. And I just tried it on modern IE and it still does it!

So frustrating.

This is a bug with IE10+. Microsoft has decided they won't fix it. Neowin can set up a workaround just for IE, but it's IE's fault. Basically IE automatically replaces any code generated <textarea>'s innerHTML with the placeholder when it's empty. To test it, try running this (it should return an empty string, but doesn't in IE):
((x=document.createElement('textarea')).placeholder='testing!')&&x.innerHTML

If you want to yell at Microsoft, here's where they said they won't fix it because it's not important enough: https://connect.microsoft.com/...fter-deep-clone-on-textarea

Edited by Pluto is a Planet, Sep 3 2014, 3:12am :

Pluto is a Planet said,
This is a bug with IE10+. Microsoft has decided they won't fix it. Neowin can set up a workaround just for IE, but it's IE's fault. Basically IE automatically replaces any code generated <textarea>'s innerHTML with the placeholder when it's empty. To test it, try running this (it should return an empty string, but doesn't in IE):
((x=document.createElement('textarea')).placeholder='testing!')&&x.innerHTML

If you want to yell at Microsoft, here's where they said they won't fix it because it's not important enough: https://connect.microsoft.com/...fter-deep-clone-on-textarea

It is working fine with IE 11 though. On my Surface.