Missing OneDrive Files On-Demand Recovery

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, a new feature named OneDrive files On-Demand was introduced. This feature was pinned in Explorer in the place where OneDrive was present. However, what most users have experienced is that- after the update, OneDrive files On-Demand feature was not available, or the files have been missing.

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So now you need the missing files back. Here are a few tips to restore missing OneDrive files On-demand.

When OneDrive Files On-Demand are not showing in Explorer:

When you are unable to see OneDrive Files On-Demand option in Explorer after updating, then try this one:

Ensure that you are running the exact Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 16299.15 or later). To know about your current operating system information, go to Start – Settings – System – About. Also, if you are unable to see Files On-Demand option in OneDrive settings, download and install the latest OneDrive version, followed by restarting your computer.

When OneDrive Files On-Demand are Missing:

When OneDrive files On-Demand are enabled, the files show up in 3 statuses in Explorer while you view them, namely: Online-only files, Locally available files, and Always available files. OneDrive allows you to view photos, documents, and other files only by means of downloading them from OneDrive cloud storage. When Files On-Demand was introduced, this was not the case as the files could be preserved freely on Cloud, as well as local storage devices.

So coming to recover missing files, for the Online-only files, you can find them on OneDrive Recycle Bin. Follow these steps:

  • Go to OneDrive website, login to your account
  • Now click on Recycle bin on the left pane
  • Next select the specific files and folders that went missing or were deleted in OneDrive, and click Restore all items

In order to retrieve files that are in the local disk, or synced between local disk and OneDrive Cloud, you can make use of YupTools Hard Drive Recovery software. This tool will get back missing OneDrive Files On-Demand in just a short span of time. Moreover, this utility comes with a user-friendly interface which makes the recovery process easy, even for a new user.

Restore Missing OneDrive Files On-Demand in Windows 10:

To quickly and easily recover missing OneDrive Files On-Demand in Windows 10, YupTools Hard Drive Recovery tool comes handy. This application will thoroughly scan the drive and retrieve missing or deleted OneDrive Files On-Demand. Apart from OneDrive files, the software also performs formatted hard drive recovery, corrupt, inaccessible, and RAW drive data recovery. Even data from deleted / lost partition, crashed hard drive, repartitioned drive, etc., will be restored.

Steps to Retrieve Missing OneDrive Files On-Demand:

  • Download and install YupTools Hard Drive Recovery software on your system
  • Run the tool. Select Recover Drives option from the main screen.
  • In the next screen, select Recover Partition option
  • From the list of drives displayed, select the local disk partition and hit Next
  • Once scanning is completed, you can preview the recovered files and save them

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