What is the Free Storage Limit for OneDrive?

OneDrive Not Enough Free Space
OneDrive Not Enough Free Space

OneDrive is a cloud storage service provided by Microsoft that allows users to store and access their files from anywhere with an internet connection. For new users, it provides 5 GB to save different kinds of files, like documents, photos, videos, music, and others. Among them, there are 4 special ones that we want to explain further.

  • Shared Folders: OneDrive allows users to share specific folders or files with others. These shared items also count towards your storage quota.
  • Version History: OneDrive retains a version history of your files, allowing you to restore previous versions of documents. However, these versions can also contribute to your overall storage usage.
  • Email Attachments (Outlook.com): If you use a Microsoft account with Outlook.com, email attachments sent or received through Outlook.com may count toward your OneDrive storage quota.
  • Deleted Items: Files that you delete from your OneDrive account are moved to the recycle bin where they still occupy storage until you permanently delete them.

How to Fix OneDrive Not Enough Free Space [Advanced Solution]

If you also use another cloud storage service or have another OneDrive account, moving some of your files to these places is a good choice. By doing so, there is no need to delete any files and purchase a higher OneDrive plan. Besides, you don’t have to download the files to your computer which takes over computer storage and may influence its performance.

To migrate your OneDrive files to another cloud, you can try to use MultCloud. It is a free cloud-management service where you can add multiple cloud accounts. Cloud Transfer is one of MultCloud’s functions, excelling at transferring files from one cloud to another without downloading and uploading.

Not Enough Free Storage OneDrive
Not Enough Free Storage OneDrive

What’s more, as we mentioned before, email attachments also occupy your OneDrive storage. You may consider using MultCloud Email Migration to save your Outlook emails and attachments to another cloud as PDFs when you encounter the OneDrive not enough free space issue.

Move Files from OneDrive to Another Place by Cloud Transfer

MultCloud supports 30+ cloud drives such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, NAS, and more. You can also migrate your OneDrive for Business to another place when facing the OneDrive for Business not enough free space problem. In the following steps, we will show you how to transfer files from OneDrive to Google Drive.

Step 1: Register a MultCloud account.

Step 2: Add your OneDrive and Google Drive accounts to MultCloud: click “Add Cloud” in the left bar > choose OneDrive/Google Drive icon > log in to your OneDrive/Google Drive account > allow MultCloud to access your account.

Add Google Drive and OneDrive
Add Google Drive and OneDrive

Step 3: Click on “Cloud Transfer” and choose which files you want to move from OneDrive and where you want to save these files on Google Drive in the TO box. Finally, tap “Transfer Now” to start the process.

Transfer OneDrive Files to Google Drive
Transfer OneDrive Files to Google Drive


  • Before starting the task, you can open “Options” and tick the “Delete all source files after transfer is complete” option to let MultCloud delete the transferred files on OneDrive.
  • If you want to move a kind of file like photos or videos, you can use the “Filter” to select this kind of file by adding its extension. Then the Cloud Transfer task will move these files only.
Cloud Transfer Filter
Cloud Transfer Filter

Save Outlook Attachment to a Cloud by Email Migration

You can also migrate the email attachments to your preferred clouds. Here we will show the steps for saving Outlook emails and attachments to Dropbox.

Step 1: Add Outlook and Dropbox to MultCloud. To add Outlook, click “Add Email” and choose the Outlook icon. Then log in to the Outlook account and grant MultCloud access permission.

Add Outlook
Add Outlook

Step 2: Select “Email Migration” in the left bar and choose your desired emails in the left box and Dropbox in the right box. Then, click “Transfer Now” to start the task.

Migrate OneDrive Attachments to Dropbox
Migrate OneDrive Attachments to Dropbox

Note: Email Migration also allows you to filter emails. But the difference is Email Filter selects emails according to their senders, recipients, dates, with/without attachments, and read/unread.

Email Filter
Email Filter

How to Fix OneDrive Not Enough Free Space [3 Common Solutions]

If you don’t have another cloud drive account, you can also deal with the OneDrive full storage problem in common ways, such as deleting duplicate files, clearing the Recycle bin, and buying more storage.

Solution 1: Delete Duplicate Files

Step 1: Enter the OneDrive web and sign in.

Step 2: Navigate to “My Drive”, click “Sort” in the upper-right corner, and choose “File Size”.

Sort OneDrive Files by Size
Sort OneDrive Files by Size

Step 3: Compare the files with their names, file size, and file type. If you find the duplicates, delete one of them to free up space.

Solution 2: Clear the Recycle Bin

The deleted OneDrive files will still be saved in the Recycle bin for 30 days. During this period, they will still take over OneDrive storage. Therefore, if you permanently delete the files in the Recycle bin, you can free up some storage space.

Step 1: Enter the OneDrive web and navigate to the “Recycle bin” folder.

Step 2: Select the “Empty recycle bin” button to permanently delete these files from OneDrive. Remember that the permanently deleted files cannot be restored.

How to Free up OneDrive Space
How to Free up OneDrive Space

Solution 3: Buy More Storage

If you tried all the solutions above but still find OneDrive not enough free space, you may purchase a paid plan. OneDrive plans are included in the Microsoft 365 plans. For personal use, there are 2 paid plans:

Plan Price Cloud Storage EMail Storage
Microsoft 365 Basic $19.99/year 100 GB 50 GB
Microsoft 365 Personal $69.99/year 1 TB 50 GB


The 4 solutions given in the post can truly solve your OneDrive not enough free space problem. Among these ways, migrating files to another place is recommended since you don’t have to delete files at the risk of losing some important data and you can remain on the OneDrive plan.

Additionally, MultCloud offers more functions that may be useful for you. For example, if you have 2 OneDrive accounts, you can use Cloud Sync to integrate the 2 clouds and update changes in real time.

How do I force OneDrive to free up space?
If you have the OneDrive desktop app and want to free up your disk space, you can make use of the “Free up space” demand to let your files only be removed from your computer but not OneDrive. To realize it, you should open the OneDrive folder in File Explorer > choose the file/folder > right-click on it and choose “Free up space” in the dropdown menu.
Why is OneDrive storage full?
OneDrive may be full due to exceeding the allotted storage capacity. Uploads, shared files, and email attachments contribute. Review and delete unnecessary files, upgrade storage if needed, or consider compressing and archiving to free up space.
How do I check my OneDrive space limit?
On the OneDrive web, you can check your storage in the lower-left corner on the “My File” page. On the other hand, if you want to check the storage on the desktop app, you can click the OneDrive icon > tap the gear icon > choose “Settings” > Navigate to the “Account” page. Then you can see how much storage you left.
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