I am trying to download a directory from my OneDrive onto my local computer. The problem is OneDrive keeps compressing the files, and the zip file, especially when it's large, is corrupted. Is there a way to download a directory as an individual, uncompressed files?

  • Are you using the desktop client or the web client to do this? If the web client requires you to compress the folder before you can download, and the browser you are using has a problem doing so. You should use a different browser.
    – Ramhound
    Aug 6, 2018 at 15:57
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    I've tried on multiple browsers, and downloading to different OSs. This seems to be an issue with OneDrive.
    – Adam_G
    Aug 6, 2018 at 16:05
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    In order to migrate this to Web Applications SE you might want to indicate how large the folder is, how large the compressed file is, and the type of data contained in the folder itself. I suggest just using the OneDrive desktop client, but that won't allow you to download just a single folder, the OneDrive web client is intentionally severely limited for a variety of reasons.
    – Ramhound
    Aug 6, 2018 at 16:09
  • Ok, thanks. I ended up syncing OneDrive with an external hard drive that has more space.
    – Adam_G
    Aug 6, 2018 at 16:48
  • So the issue was not OneDrive but local disk space?? VTC
    – user55949
    Jun 25, 2019 at 6:53

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The best course of action is to download OneDrive for Windows and sync it with your OneDrive. This way the files get downloaded one-by-one to your hard drive without being compressed into zips. Also if you need to download a large amount of data on an unstable network you can avoid possible corruption of files being compressed and downloaded as zip.

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