OneDrive unlimited storage shutdown: Reduce to 1TB or account will be locked


Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
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Microsoft’s OneDrive is one of the most popular cloud storage services available at the moment. Being directly linked to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system has given the platform the space and tools it needed to grow successfully. Today, however, there are less happy news awaiting users of the service.

Microsoft says 1 TB is enough

If you’re one of the many people that store their files on Micorosft’s OneDrive, you might want to start doing some storage cleaning because Micosoft is putting down the hammer. Microsoft announced that all OneDrive accounts will be returned to a 1 TB cap and that all users should make sure they don’t have more than 1 TB stored on OneDrive. Many might be wondering what will become of their data if it exceeds the cap.

Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user […]

We’re no longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

OneDrive Lockout

According to Microsoft representatives, the respective account will be given three months to reduce the volume of data. If you fail to clean out enough data so you don’t have more than 1 TB of data stored after those three months, the account will be locked for six or more months.

But wait, there’s more. During the lockout, you can actually request a 30 day unlock in which you are once more given the opportunity of cleaning your account. If you fail, your account gets sent back into quarantine, where you won’t even be able to access your files let alone manipulate them in any way.

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