is it possibe to delete manually the content of the retention hold library?

Attila Dob 95 Reputation points

Dear All!

Background: I used to have a retention policy that did not let delete anyting.

So as a result 66% of my 1TB OneDrive is consumed by retention hold library. Is it possible somehow to manually clear it out?

Appreciate any ideas!

Regards, Attila

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  1. Haoyan Xue_MSFT 21,236 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Attila Dob ,

    Thank you for posting in this community.

    No, it is not possible to manually clear out the retention hold library. The retention hold library is a hidden system location that is automatically created by SharePoint and OneDrive to store files that need to be retained for compliance reasons. It is not supported to edit, delete, or move these automatically retained files yourself.

    Unless, Excluding your OneDrive for Business site collection from the Retention policy and post the removal, you can proceed for the deletion of content in the preservation hold library. Reference: How to Delete Files from the Preservation Hold Library in SharePoint Online? - SharePoint Diary

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