By Nicky twitter/ Last Updated June 29, 2021

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Can I backup external hard drive to OneDrive?

“Currently, I have about 400 GB of photos on an external drive, however, the space of the external hard drive is running out. So, I'm thinking about backing up the photos on an external hard drive to OneDrive because I have 1T storage space in OneDrive. Since the data quantity is huge, I want to find a way to backup external hard drive to OneDrive with ease. Can you give me some suggestions? Thanks!”

Why backup external hard drive to OneDrive?

In the current age, most users are on longer like to keep data stored on the external hard drive or USB drive and more and more people are rushing towards OneDrive because it is better, faster, and more secure.

As we all know, data on an external drive suffer from the very same risks that your computer does like system crash, hardware failure, natural disasters, theft, and so on. So, according to the 3-2-1 data backup strategy, you should create multiple backups and store backups in different places. Backing up data from an external hard drive to OneDrive can prevent them from losing all your data at once when the above disasters happen to you.

Meanwhile, the storage space of external hard drive is limited and the price of the external hard drive is not very cheap for most users. In contrast, OneDrive provides you with huge storage space as long as you pay to upgrade your account. And the price is reasonable.

What’s more, the data on OneDrive can be accessed easier than on external hard drives. Every time you need to backup new data or access some data on the external hard drive, you have to connect your external drive to the computer while the data stored on the cloud can be accessed and used on any device, at any time.

How to backup external hard drive to OneDrive?

Actually, as long as the hard drive is connected to your PC or laptop, OneDrive will treat it as if it is just a regular part of your local storage. So, you can backup or sync external hard drive to OneDrive just like you backup files from local computer to OneDrive. You will find 3 ways to backup your data from external hard drive to OneDrive in the following contents.

Way 1. Backup external hard drive to OneDrive via OneDrive website

OneDrive official website allows you to upload and access the files online, so, if you want to backup the files that you’ve saved on an external hard drive to OneDrive, you can follow guidelines here to achieve it through OneDrive website:

1. Connect your external hard drive to computer and make sure it can be detected.

2. Go to OneDrive website and login to your account.

3. On the OneDrive main page, click the “Upload” > “Files” or “Folder” button.

OneDrive Upload

4. You can browse and select all your files and folders on your local PC here, choose the files or folders you want to upload and click “Open”.

Way 2. Backup external hard drive to OneDrive via OneDrive desktop app

As mentioned above, once you connected your external hard drive to your PC or laptop, OneDrive will treat it as if it is just a regular part of your local storage. So, you can sync OneDrive with an external hard drive just like with any other folder with OneDrive desktop app with the steps below:

1. Connect your external hard drive to computer and make sure it can be detected.

2. If you haven’t set up OneDrive desktop app on your computer, download and install it first. If you have set up OneDrive desktop app on your computer, you will see OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer.

OneDrive in Windows

3. Drag and drop files from the external hard drive to this OneDrive folder directly. Then, these files will be synced to the OneDrive cloud automatically. You can go to the OneDrive website to see your files there.

Way 3. Backup external hard drive to OneDrive via a third-party tool

There are many third-party tools in the market that can also help you backup external hard drive to OneDrive directly. For example, there is a professional cloud backup service called CBackup can help you back up the external hard drive to OneDrive easily as long as you connect the external hard drive to Windows PCs.

CBackup allows you to add your third-party cloud storage accounts like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. And then, you can backup PC files including documents, forms, videos, photos, and so on to your OneDrive cloud or other clouds. What's more, CBackup is very easy to use and you can try CBackup for free.

Let's see how to backup external hard drive to OneDrive via CBackup:

1. Download and install it on your computer. Run it and sign up.

CBackup Sign Up

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 OneDrive files.

Add Cloud

3. Select the "Backup Tasks" tab, and then press "+ New Task" button to create your backup task.

Create Backup Task

4. Specify the "Task Name", and click "Add Source" button to choose folders you want to backup to OneDrive. Hit "Add Destination" button to choose OneDrive as the target location. Then, press the "Start Backup" button.

Start Backup Files To Onedrive

Meanwhile, CBackup also offers its own cloud server called CBackup Cloud. You can also choose to backup PC files to CBackup Cloud if you don't want to use OneDrive anymore. You can use it as a OneDrive alternative to do cloud backup with large storage space at a low price.

Start Backup

Bonus tip: How to get more free OneDrive cloud storage?

Generally, OneDrive provides users with 5GB of free storage space, which may be not enough for you if you decided to back up the entire external hard drive to OneDrive. If you are not ready to pay for an advanced plan with larger storage space, you can use a tool like CBackup to add and merge OneDrive accounts.

Besides the PC to cloud backup feature, CBackup can also help you combine the backup space of several OneDrive accounts into a huge backup space and then back up PC files to this combined storage cloud. In this way, you can take full use of all your free cloud storage.

1. Click "My Storage" on the left side, and click the "+ Add Cloud" button to add as many OneDrive accounts as you have.

2. 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

3. Then, when you choose your backup destination, you can choose the "Combined Cloud" as the backup destination.

Start Backup Files To Combined Cloud

Conclusion

You can backup external hard drive to OneDrive via any of the ways above with only a few steps. If you want to get more free OneDrive backup cloud storage, you can use CBackup to help you merge your OneDrive accounts. And if you meet an error when using OneDrive, you can use CBackup as the backup destination of the external hard drive.