Seadrive does NOT EVER 'free up space'

If I pull a file from Seafile via Windows Explorer and then later select it and request to ‘free up space’, the file is instantly re-downloaded and marked with the green check mark again. Changing Windows storage settings (Settings|Storage|Configure Storage Sense…|Locally available cloud content|Seafile…) seems to have no impact. In short, these files are on stored locally and there isn’t anything I can do about it short of deleting Seadrive and manually deleting all traces then re-installing. However, after doing that the same issue recurs.

Any suggestions? This really makes Seadrive redundant to the regular Client and negates its main advantage over the Client (i.e. being able to remove files from the local machine when I’m done with them).

For reference, I’m using:

  • Windows 10 20H2
  • Seafile PRO (docker) 8.0.2
  • Seadrive 2.0.14
  • Seadrive local folder is fully excluded from A/V (ESET) and anti-malware (Malwarebytes) realtime scanning

Any ideas or help is appreciated.