OneDrive storage appears to drop from 25GB to 15GB for some users - but don't panic!

In recent days, there has been some confusion among certain users of Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage, after some noticed that their free inclusive storage had dropped from 25GB to just 15GB. It's not the disaster that some might think it is, but to explain what's happening, we'll need to rewind the clock a bit first. 

Back in April 2012, Microsoft downgraded the amount of free storage that it offered for its SkyDrive users, from 25GB to 7GB. However, for existing users of the service, the company did not want to simply walk all over their loyalty by screwing them over with the storage reduction, so it gave any user that was already signed up to SkyDrive the option to retain their 25GB of storage. 

When Microsoft rebranded SkyDrive as OneDrive, everything continued as it was, but more recently, the company has made significant changes to OneDrive. Last month, it announced that it was dropping prices on extra OneDrive storage, with all new users signing up to the service now getting 15GB free, rather than 7GB. 

Fast forward to today, and there appeared to be a reduction in storage for those that were previously seeing 25GB of free storage, but who are now seeing only 15GB. This is simply the result of Microsoft changing the way that it itemizes the storage on your account, following the recent changes to its OneDrive tiers.

If you were one of those who got to keep their 25GB when it dropped to 7GB for new users in 2012, you should now see a new item on your OneDrive storage listing: "Loyalty bonus: 10GB". This loyalty bonus, added to the now-standard 15GB of free storage that everyone gets, brings your storage up to 25GB, just as before. 

To put this another way, you're still getting 25GB of free storage - it's just presented differently.

via @WinObs

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Never used OneDrive after those scandals when MS employees were viewing private photos and banning accounts.

I have 226 GB on Yandex.Disk and 100 GB on Mail.ru Cloud for free. That's enough for me.

anothercookie said,
Kind of sucks that the loyal users don't get an extra boost in storage still same old same old 25 GB free.

I have 253 GB currently. http://i.imgur.com/OHy49kz.png

The Office 365 option is tempting though

It's one of the cheapest ways to get a Terabyte of cloud storage. Oh, and you get Office! $7/month or $70/year, with a full suite of Office, plus a Terabyte of cloud storage, and 60 minutes of Skype minutes. I think it's a great deal.

tsupersonic said,
It's one of the cheapest ways to get a Terabyte of cloud storage. Oh, and you get Office! $7/month or $70/year, with a full suite of Office, plus a Terabyte of cloud storage, and 60 minutes of Skype minutes. I think it's a great deal.

If skype didnt charge so much for texts or had an unlimited texting plan as well, I would probably drop my phone contract...

It's real. 20 GB enthusiast bonus were onedrive invites from when the site was still named skydrive, there was an email form on the onedrive page so I figured I'll just throw a few emails in there see if I get anything. The 100 GB till 2013 is from bing rewards cashouts before they put blocks on redeeming 1 code per account. The second 100 GB is from the one drive launch

Also, you have to install a OneDrive app/client that supports it.

I think WIndows 8.1 OneDrive app will do it now under the presuption that you want to backup photos taken by a webcam.

UXGaurav said,
What do people store in so many GBs online?

I am trying to store everything of non-security stuff online =). Backup in the cloud! ;)

Pluto is a Planet said,
Backups of every version of a specific program. I'm doing this to later take advantage of vulnerabilities that are fixed.

I really, really, want them to up their 2 gig limit on uploads though =/.

Scabrat said,

I really, really, want them to up their 2 gig limit on uploads though =/.

I guess just try compressing it first, and split up the file if it goes over 2GB... 7-Zip or WinRAR let you do both, and have great compression. Of course if it's like video or something it's normally not going to be able to be compressed much more, but you can still put it in an archive with no compression and split it up.

Pluto is a Planet said,
I guess just try compressing it first, and split up the file if it goes over 2GB... 7-Zip or WinRAR let you do both, and have great compression. Of course if it's like video or something it's normally not going to be able to be compressed much more, but you can still put it in an archive with no compression and split it up.

Hey, thanks! That is a great idea =). I just don't like that I have to resort to that. No reason a 10 gig limit isn't acceptable imo... But maybe there is. =)

Scabrat said,

Hey, thanks! That is a great idea =). I just don't like that I have to resort to that. No reason a 10 gig limit isn't acceptable imo... But maybe there is. =)

You're absolutely right, it is inconvenient xD

You also get 3GB for free if you activate some photo backup thing by downloading the phone app

EDIT: "Its called Camera roll bonus if you're interested"

Yep. I just checked and I now have 15GB free + 10GB loyalty. I also have the 3GB camera roll and 120GB in combined promotions that will end next year.

Enron said,
I like how the Office 365 gives you an actual terabyte and not 1000 GB.

Unless they're trollin' and each GB is 1000 MB.