By Nicky twitter / Last Updated June 15, 2021

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About OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive, or just OneDrive for short, is Microsoft’s cloud-based file hosting service and synchronization service. It allows users to store files and personal data like Windows settings or BitLocker recovery keys in the cloud, share and sync files across Android, Windows Phone, and iOS mobile devices, Windows, and macOS computers. Generally, OneDrive offers 5GB of storage space for free and provides a series of storage options including 100 GB, 1 TB, and 6 TB, and so on.

OneDrive

Can I backup Windows 10 files or system to OneDrive?

Nowadays, cloud-based storage has become a basic and expected feature of consumers and enterprise users. For Windows 10 users, the standard and default cloud storage service is the Microsoft OneDrive, which is included as an integral part of most common installations of the operating system. Therefore, although there are so many Windows 10 cloud backup, when Windows users are planning to back up their files to cloud storage, OneDrive must be their first choice.

However, it’s worth pointing out, OneDrive is specifically for storing documents and files, that are crucial to you. With OneDrive, computer settings cannot be saved and applications cannot be saved, meaning the only aspect OneDrive can help with is downloading crucial files for your computers. The final answer is that Microsoft’s OneDrive cannot be used to back up your system or PC.

Does OneDrive automatically backup Windows 10?

Generally, OneDrive allows users to backup Windows 10 files to its cloud through the website or desktop app. However, the web version only allows you to select and upload files manually. If there are a large number of files that need to be backed up, this process of uploading files via the website will be really time-consuming. And every time you have some new files that need to be backed up, you need to go to the website and log in to your account to operate it manually. That’s too much trouble.

Therefore, if you want to automatically backup and sync Windows 10 files or folders to OneDrive, you can rely on the OneDrive desktop app to let it automatically backup and sync your Windows 10 files. In the following contents, you will find the step-by-step guide to install the desktop app on your Windows 10 PC.

OneDrive Automatically Backup Windows 10

How to automatically backup Windows 10 files to OneDrive?

It's actually not a tricky operation to automatically back up files to OneDrive on Windows 10. The following two methods are easy to operate and safe. More importantly, the tools used are free.

Way 1. Use OneDrive desktop app

You can make the automatic backup to OneDrive on Windows 10 with the OneDrive desktop app.

1. On your Windows 10 PC, click Start and search for “OneDrive”, and then open it.

2. When OneDrive Setup starts, enter your personal account, or your work or school account, and select “Sign in”.

Set Up

3. On the “This is your OneDrive folder screen”, select “Next” to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files. If you want to change the folder location, select “Change location”.

Folder Location

4. You’ll now be prompted to select the folders that you want to sync across the local PC and the cloud. Only the ones that you tick will be available offline. Press the “Next” button to get to the final set up screen which confirms everything is ready to sync.

Choose Sync Folder

With OneDrive set up, you can access your cloud storage folder at any time by clicking the "OneDrive" entry in the left pane of the new Windows 10 File Explorer. As mentioned above, this folder has a two-way sync feature, so you just need to drag and drop the file into this folder, it will be synced to OneDrive automatically.

OneDrive in Windows

To ensure a PC’s important folders are backed up to Microsoft’s cloud service, OneDrive offers folder protection feature to automatically backup your documents, pictures, and Desktop folders to OneDrive. You can enable folders protection feature with the steps below:

1. Open OneDrive "Settings".

2. In “Settings”, select “Backup” > “Manage backup” to choose the folder you want to automatically backup to OneDrive on Windows 10.

Folder Backup

Way 2. Use a third-party backup tool

Besides OneDrive official tool, there also are many third-party tools that can help you auto backup files to the cloud. There, we will take a professional cloud backup tool – CBackup as an example to show you how to do it.

1. Download CBackup, install, and launch it.

2. Create a CBackup account and sign in.

CBackup Sign Up

3. Click the "My Storage" tab, and then click "Add Cloud" to add your OneDrive account.

Add Cloud

4. After logging in, click on the "Backup Tasks" and click on the "New Task" button.

Create Task

5. Specify your task name. Click on "Add Source" to select the PC files that you want to backup to OneDrive. And choose OneDrive as the backup destination.

Task Name Add Source

6. After selecting, click "Start Backup".

Start Backup Files To Onedrive

Note: To backup Windows 10 files to OneDrive automatically, you can set up an automatic backup task by click the "Settings" button. And then, you can choose a schedule mode like daily, weekly, monthly, etc. to let CBackup backup your Windows files to OneDrive automatically and regularly.

Specific Time Mode

CBackup also has a cloud server and allows you to back up PC files to its CBackup Cloud and offers huge backup space. If you meet any problem during the process of using OneDrive or you are looking for a cost-effective cloud backup service, CBackup is a great choice.

Start Backup

Bonus tip: How to get more OneDrive storage space for free?

As mentioned above, OneDrive offers only 5GB free storage space, which may be not enough for you to backup files to OneDrive regularly. If you are not ready to pay for an advanced plan with larger storage space, you can use a CBackup to add and merge OneDrive accounts. And then, combine the backup space of several OneDrive accounts on one interface and enjoy more free backup storage space.

1. Download CBackup. Run it and sign in.

2. Click "My Storage" on the left side, and click "+ Add Cloud" button, then choose "OneDrive" and hit "Add". Then follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your cloud storage.

Add Cloud

Note: Besides OneDrive, it also supports many other stream cloud drives like Google Drive, Dropbox, and so on. So, you can combine cloud storage belong to one or different cloud storage on one interface.

3. After adding, all your OneDrive accounts are listed here. Click the "My Storage +" button, you will see a "New Combined Cloud" option in the menu. Click it.

Add Combined Cloud1

4. Tick the box next to the cloud storage account that you want to combine. After checking, click on "Next".

Add Combined Cloud3

5. Then, you will have a "Combined Cloud" in your clouds list. You can choose the "Combined Cloud" as backup destination to enjoy huge backup space.

Add Destination Combined Cloud

Conclusion

To automatically backup Windows 10 files to OneDrive, you can choose any of the two ways above to follow. Both ways are free. In addition, if you set up an automatic backup task to back up your files to OneDrive regularly, your free storage space will be run out of quickly. Don’t forget to use CBackup to gain more free backup storage by combining multiple OneDrive accounts.