OneDrive for Business unable to perform delete folder directly caused by Retention Policy
OneDrive for Business is one of the useful tools for cloud storage whereby end user should be able to folders (even got files inside) easily even being applied with retention policy.
Retention policy is suppose used on backend which not suppose to affect on OneDrive for Business usage. We are have 500 users getting impact on this. (and i assume all users having this issue as Microsoft support tested having this issue - "behaviour")
I was informed by Microsoft that this is by default preservation policy design behaviour, which I think this is not consider design behavior anymore as is causing the OneDrive for business folder deletion problem.Again, retention policy on OneDrive shouldn’t affect the folder deletion method as there is No Different that user can either delete all the files inside and delete the folder, or delete the entire folder directly.
Please fix this problem as soon as possible, otherwise this issue is serious discourage people to use the retention policy feature. Email me if seriously looking into this issue.
Since i figured it out i might just post the solution.
Its a very buggy solution but it worked for me:
1. Unlink OneDrive account
2. In the OneDrive folder, make a 'new folder' and move as many folders and files into that 'new folder'.
3. If your are getting problem moving with certain files or folder. Make a new folder inside the troubled folders and make a new folder where you move your files too.
4. Keep doing this Inceptions stuff until all of the files are under a 'new folder' created by you. Optionally delete as you go deeper.
5. Go to your Onedrive file location. C:\Users\PCNAME.
6. Delete the entire OneDrive folder.
The ability to actually use this interface is not only limited it adds so much user time to proper file management. This needs to be fixed!!
i create a folder “delete please Microsoft”. Then move my all folders. I m waiting now :)
Or at least let admins somehow delete folders overriding the RP.
People will upload stuff by accident, copy paste stuff instead of moving, make "safety copys" and duplicate stuff...
When it gets time to clean this, the RP becomes a disaster for admins.
Retention policy should really be in the back-end, so end user does not need to concern himself with it.
For example if he chooses to delete something he should be able too, and retention policy should never the less keep those files in back-end for restore if needed. Similar to how emails are kept in hidden folders in Exchange.
Usually when uploading large sets of files they fail, but you cant re-upload the same folders as they will not merge, so I just rename the folder and then start over, duplicating hundreds of gigs of data needlessly and storing useless **** on Microsoft's servers. It pains me but get your **** together Microsoft.
Some people want to keep files after a user deletes it AND be able to delete a folder full of files, it doesn't seem like that big of an ask. I wouldn't even consider these things related.
I spent hours running Remove-PnPListItem scripts to get around this... ridiculous that users and admins can't get around this without so much hassle.
Why must user experiece always be impacted when enabling a seemingly background process like a retention policy... please fix asap
this is the biggest piece of garbage.
I honestly can't believe this bug. Wow. IT works for SharePoint libraries too.
Either fix this or I'm back to Google drive.
Tu Tuan Hoang commented
There's workaround for this issue.
Open OneDrive in Internet Explorer, in the top right corner of the Internet Explorer window, look for the hamburger button (the button with 3 lines) , click on it and select "View in File Explorer". Wait for a few seconds, OneDrive will be open in File Explorer and you will be able to delete the entire folder from here.
This is freaking ridiculous. FIX this now.
Get yourself Ubuntu installed on a USB drive
Boot into Linux
Browse to the path or file you want to delete
Then boot back into windows and those stupid files are gone!
Difficult but works.
Seriously, why. Fix this
Microsoft please fix this!
Heather Harris commented
As a new user trying and testing things out for myself, this is an issue. I would like to be able to try things and then delete them. I agree, retention should have nothing to do with items that should be deleted instead of taking ups space.
I HATE THIS
Yeah this is a major pain point. Anyone find a workaround?
just go into One drive online, select gear icon on the top right, select ribbon on, then library on top left, then open in explorer. Follow the prompt and allow. It will then open in your local machine and you can delete. Save me many hours!