OneDrive NTFS Message

So I moved my onedrive to an SDHC card around 6 months ago because the hardrive space on my laptop is very small (only 32GB). This has been working perfectly fine for me.

The other day, my sister added her user account to my laptop and uploaded her onedrive to the same SD card. This card remains in the laptop.

Today, I turned on my laptop and a message came up saying:

"THe location where you were trying to create OneDrive folder belong to a drive with unsupported file system. To have OneDrive use a different location, click "Set up OneDrive" and point OneDrive to a NTFS drive. To use the existing location with OneDrive, you need to format it with NTFS then click "Set up OneDrive" to configure your account.

Why has this only appeared now? I don't know how to format the SD card with NTFS..

Please help!


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Add me to the list of EXTREMEL pissed off PAYING CUSTOMERS who got shafted by this sudden change. I'd be ok with it, if there had been communication in advance. But making a change that breaks functionality and without warning... that's not the behavior of an enterprise software company.

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This must be 'new and improved'*, as I first noticed it on my Surface 3.  No big deal I thought, converting the SD to NTFS is a simple command.  Then my desktop PC got an update, and it too got the message.  OK, now it is a big deal.  You see, on my desktop, I use Storage Spaces, and they are Resilient File System (ReFS).  In that I use storage spaces because they are damn near bullet proof, I was forced to move my One Drive folder to my boot drive, which is NTFS So, ReFS is good because it lets you lose a drive and keep your data, it self-heals/self corrects, doesn’t need to be checked and about 20 other advantages, but Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, decided that One Drive MUST exist on the older, less reliable NTFS.  I get why we can't boot from ReFS, but to force cloud applications to be on a file system older than its target customer is just wrong!  But what do I know, I've only been in the business since JC Penny & the phone bills (remember when there was only 1?) were sent out on punched cards.

 

For those who don’t know what a punched card is, they are only a hair older than NTFS.

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punched_card

 

And no, I'm not that old, I started programming when I was 3 <cough, cough>

 

*Improved to the point that it doesn't work any more

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Add me to the list of EXTREMEL pissed off PAYING CUSTOMERS who got shafted by this sudden change. I'd be ok with it, if there had been communication in advance. But making a change that breaks functionality and without warning... that's not the behavior of an enterprise software company.

you can use mklink /j to work around

example mklink /j c:\users\userfolder\OneDrive d:\userfolder\OneDrive

d: Is non ntfs partition c: Is Ntfs partition 

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Lets add my voice to this. Got the same message. Particularly annoying since my Windows Store apps are also set to be on the SD card of my Surface. I imagine it is not just a matter of copying my SD card files off to a backup, reformatting the card and copying them back. These are system files and they tend to be finicky about how you handle them. 

If the backup, reformat, copy back, should work, someone at MS please tell us.

In addition let me note some information from the exFat Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT)

So, is MS really saying I can't put OneDrive on an SD card larger than 32G, and formatting a larger card with exFat, their own format, isn't acceptable?  It was acceptable two days ago. 

You do understand that many people have an SD card in their Surfaces, for the express reason of having sufficient storage space to re-direct OneDrive.  Please tell us why exFat, a format optimized for larger SD cards, is all of a sudden not suitable for OneDrive, when it has been working for over a year at least.  Please tell us when this will be fixed.

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Or visit - 
http://odsp.westeurope.cloudapp.azure.com/qq/onedrive-sync-client-pushed-out-a-change-where-we/ to get more insights!!!

The odsp link appears to require a Microsoft corporate account, any chance that it will be reposted somewhere with general access?

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Did they really make NTFS mandatory on Macs too?

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This is a good question. I can't format my MBP hard drive as NTFS. Its currently HSF+ Journaled.  However, my Mac has been on for the last 5 calendar days, and I haven't seen any kind of NTFS vs. HSF+ error message to date.

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MS makes it sound like it's no big deal. "Oh, just format your SD card to NTFS, and everything will be awesome!"

COME ON. I have over 90GB of stuff - including apps and maps - on my SD card because my DV8P only has 32GB of onboard storage. You want me to transfer 90 gigs of stuff over to a temp location, format my card, and then transfer everything back? Not to mention that I'll first have to buy/borrow a 128GB flash drive and a USB OTG adapter? And I guarantee you that nothing's gonna work right after I do this. I'm gonna have to rebuild libraries, fix my SyncToy links, quick access links, etc.

I shouldn't have to do any of that garbage. My tablet was working just fine!!! Why do you guys always push out updates that requires me to fix something?!!?!

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How long until they silently break this permanently again now? :-(

Unfortunately, possibly not long.  If the github message found by https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/forum/odoptions-oddesktop/refs-on-storage-space-volume-your-onedrive-folder/b9aa1aa4-aadc-4774-9c71-f2704abcd70a is true then OneDrive is likely to start barking about the use of reparse points (junctions) if "files on demand" is forced upon all of us.  I sincerely hope that MS makes  "files on demand" an option (possibly requiring NTFS for all files on OneDrive) rather than a requirement.   I can easily live without FOD, I *can't* live without ReFS support. 

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JonathanDavie proposed a solution on July 3, 2017.
It relies on creating hard links/junctions.
The documentation is on https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx.
It worked for me. And its seems to work even after I have migrated Windows 10 to version 1709.
I hope for the best: the new features of OneDrive MUST be beneficial to a tablet.

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