Moving files from server to OneDrive and/or to Teams/SharePoint

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As a government Office365 user, we keep our files on the government servers or OneDrive. My job is different in that I do graphics using Adobe products and do not use the Adobe cloud for files.


That being said, graphics files are typically large. Am I to zip the files before uploading them to OneDrive or to Teams/SharePoint? Some files, even when zipped, are larger than 15GB. How can I store them on OneDrive or SharePoint? What is the size limit of a file to store on OneDrive? Is it because the files are not MS files?


The upload speed to Teams are very slow for me. I never know upload progress...if the upload will be completed soon or not. Is there something I can do to see upload progress of my files? Same goes for when I move files from the server to OneDrive. Upload speeds are slow and I cannot judge when they will be completed. Is something going to be done to put an upload progress bar onscreen in OneDrive and in Teams?


Thanks in advance for your assistance on this.



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Don't zip your files before putting them in cloue storage, unless you never intend using the files again. It's a sync mechanism not a repository. If you put in a zip file and then unzip it, you'll then have to wait for those files to sync too.

OneDrive handled 100GB files last time I checked. It's easy enough to look up the current limit.

Upload speed is a function of your connection speed and how busy your machine is. The OneDrive icon in your taskbar gives you a progress indicator.

I suggest you get some training to bring you up to speed on cloud storage basics.

@Mike Williams 

Hello Mike.

I see that many plans give a user 1 TB for storage. I am prepared to zip my files--but not if I am using them frequently--to make most of my storage capacity.

I now have the OneDrive icon on my task bar to see upload progress--no one told me about this.


But I am also wondering about the Teams upload. There is no progress bar, just the spinning upload in progress message at the top toolbar. One never knows when it will end.


Just finding it difficult to do my work while the upload is going on.




It sounds like you're doing some sort of manual upload rather than using synchronised local storage => this is why you need training. You will waste a lot of time trying to do things that will happen quickly and automatically if you don't understand the basic principles and processes (e.g. the OneDrive icon). I've worked in environments like this where everyone has super tools and is being insanely INEFFICIENT with them because of inadequate training.

There is no separate Teams upload. Teams uses SharePoint storage, and that is all managed by the OneDrive sync client.

If you're working under a Government 365 license, you've probably got access to gobs of SharePoint storage,which is the more appropriate location for work that others depend on. Save your OneDrive for personal document storage.


I am a graphic designer and just wanted you to understand that the software I use, which is Adobe and Acrobat, do not automatically SAVE to MS OneDrive as would Office365 documents. I fully understand and do know how to upload Office files to MS OneDrive with autosave, but my bread and butter is with Adobe files.

This is what I store in OneDrive--Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat. These are not MS files! I am mixing software brands here. I believe you have misunderstood what I have asked.

MS OneDrive is what the government has provided me with for storage of my Adobe files and I use it. I have to manually save each time. There is no training on how to automatically save these files to OneDrive--or to Teams.

If you have OneDrive set up properly then ANY application will save to it. You do not have to forcibly upload it to the cloud. I work with Adobe applications all the time, saving them to OneDrive, SharePoint and DropBox. The software brands have nothing to do with it.

I cannot reinforce my statements about training enough. You have many misconceptions that are making your work much more difficult than it needs to be.

@Mike Williams 

Hello Mike.

IT has setup OneDrive and Teams. We have received no training on how to use either and I have tried, over the years, to view YouTube videos for training. That could be why I have asked for advice from Microsoft Tech Community.

The breadth of training you require is greater than focussed issue support. If your office has access to LinkedIn Learning resources, I suggest you consult their excellent courses.