Ultimate Guide: How to Backup Files to OneDrive?
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With the development of online storage technology, more and more users prefer to store their files on cloud storage. As one of the most popular online cloud storage provided by Microsoft, OneDrive provides convenient ways to keep your file safe and gives each Microsoft account user 5GB of free storage space and multiple options for upgrades.
OneDrive can now automatically backup your data with appealing and straight-forward design for Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac users and enables you to access your files from any devices with offline access option, so you can work both in or out of the office. And as a part of the Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive is encrypted using SSL to keep your files safe.
Another great thing about OneDrive is the ability to allow users to increase the security of file-sharing by adding password and an expiration date when you create links to shared files, and also with access, review and edit options aside. Plus, the system shares real-time notifications whenever a file is viewed or edited. Drag and drop, document scanning options makes the uploading process in an easy and fast way.
Backing up files to OneDrive can bring you benefits as below:
☛Backing up files to OneDrive can prevent your files from accidentally losing due to hardware failure, malware attack, and any other unexpected things.
☛Backing up files to OneDrive can help you free up some storage space as long as you delete the original files on local after backing up.
☛Files stored on OneDrive can be accessed, edited, downloaded, etc. from any PC, phone, or tablet even without an Internet connection.
☛OneDrive allows users to easily share the files stored on OneDrive with friends and family by setting the file to “public”.
To help users backup files from Windows PC or Mac with ease, OneDrive provides two ways: web version and desktop app. The web version allows you to upload your files from the local PC to OneDrive cloud, but you should select and add the files manually. This method may be time-consuming if there are too many files need to be uploaded. To save your time and effort, OneDrive releases a desktop app for Windows PC and Mac to sync files between the local computers and OneDrive cloud.
You can go to the OneDrive website to download and install the corresponding version of the new OneDrive sync app on your computer. When you set up the OneDrive app on your computer, you will be asked to choose the folder that you want to sync to OneDrive, here, you can choose all the local folders to be backed up to OneDrive. Actually, this can be regarded as an effective way to back up computer to OneDrive. Please check the steps below to learn how to backup files and computer to OneDrive:
Step 1. Download OneDrive desktop application and install it.
Tip: If you're using Windows 10, your computer already has the OneDrive app installed. If not, download and install the corresponding version of the new OneDrive sync app.
Step 2. Open OneDrive program on your computer and sign in your OneDrive account.
On Windows, when OneDrive Setup starts, enter your personal account, or your work or school account, and select “Sign in”.
On Mac, Sign in your Microsoft account. When prompted for where this email address is used, click "Personal" or "Work or school".
Step 3. Select a location for your OneDrive folder.
On Windows, select “Next” to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files on the “This is your OneDrive folder screen”. If you want to change the folder location, select “Change location”.
On Mac, click “Choose OneDrive Folder Location” to select the folder that you will sync to OneDrive. Select a location for your OneDrive folder and then click “Choose this location”.
Step 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.
On Windows, by default, all files and folders will be synced from your cloud account to the local storage location on your PC. Or, you can untick the box next to "Sync all files" and then choose individual folders from there.
On Mac, choose what you want to sync from your OneDrive folder to your Mac and which folder you want to automatically backup to OneDrive on Mac and then click “Next”. Then, the process is completed.
Step 1. Go to the OneDrive website and log-in to the website.
Step 2. On the main page of OneDrive, click "Upload" option to select the files you want to upload to OneDrive.
If you encounter the OneDrive sync app problems like OneDrive not syncing, OneDrive isn't connected, etc. It's highly recommended to try the free cloud backup service CBackup, which allows you backup files to OneDrive easily. Besides, it also can backup files to Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. as well as increase cloud storage space for mainstream clouds, like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.
Please follow the steps to backup files to OneDrive with CBackup:
1. Please create a new account of CBackup and sign in to CBackup desktop app.
2. Select the My Storage tab on the left panel, and click Add Cloud, then select OneDrive and click Add. then follow the steps to grant access to CBackup,
3. Edit the settings for OneDrive on CBackup, like Display name, Storage path, etc. And tick the Note option and click OK.
After adding OneDrive to CBackup, now you could backup files to OneDrive easily with simple clicks:
1. Tap the Backup Tasks > New Task to create a new backup task.
2. Rename the Task Name, and click Add Source to choose files you want to backup, click Add Destination > Single Cloud > Next > OneDrive > OK.
3. (Optional) Click the Settings on the bottom left, then tick Enable schedule backup under Scheduled Backup tab, choose a interval to backup files to OneDrive, like at a specific time, daily, weekly, or monthly.
Tips: There are some other features you could set up in Settings:
Email Notification will send you the email after the backup finished, no matter it backup fails or succeeds once you set up.
File Filter helps you exclude the file types you don't want to backup.
4. Press Start Backup to backup files to OneDrive automatically as you set.
OneDrive provides a fast and hassle-free way to back up your files and access them on cloud not only for Windows and Mac devices but also for mobile devices. Here are the steps of how to back up files to OneDrive on your mobile devices, you can check if needed.
Step 1. Install OneDrive app on your mobile device from Google Play or App Store.
Step 2. After installing, log-in to your OneDrive Account.
Step 3. In the OneDrive app, tap OneDrive add icon at the top of the screen.
Step 4. Tap to the "Upload" option and then select the files you want to upload to OneDrive.
In recent years, most users have more than one cloud storage to get more free cloud storage or enjoy different features provided by different cloud storage. If you are using two or more cloud storage, you are suggested to backup files in OneDrive to another cloud storage in case of accidentally losing.
Though OneDrive is a safe place for your files, chances are that you may accidentally delete your important files or find your files are missing in OneDrive for technical issues sometimes. Therefore, it is necessary for you to backup your important files on OneDrive to another cloud storage with a cloud backup tool like CBackup just in case.
CBackup is a tiny and easy-to-use cloud backup service that would help you back up files from OneDrive to Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, and so on with flexible backup settings. To backup OneDrive files to another cloud storage with CBackup, please refer to the steps below:
1. Just add your other cloud drives (like Google Drive) as above steps to add OneDrive to CBackup. Then go to the web version of CBackup.
2. Click “Backup Tasks” > “New Task”.
3. Modify the Task Name, and click Add Source to choose OneDrive as source, click Add Destination > Single Cloud > Next > Google Drive or other cloud you added > OK.
4. Click Start Backup in the lower right corner to backup OneDrive files to Google Drive or other clouds.
Moreover, you can download the CBackup to protect local data to a larger backup space - CBackup Cloud. It provides 1000GB, professional backup mode, secure transfer mode, and a variety of backup Settings to help you back up your data, meeting the needs of the vast majority of users.
That's all about how to backup files to OneDrive, you can follow the steps above to manually or automatically backup files via website, CBackup or desktop app. For your data security, don't forget to back up files in OneDrive to another cloud storage with CBackup. Besides cloud to cloud backup, CBackup also allows you to combine multiple cloud storage accounts owning to one or different brands of cloud to get more free cloud storage and enjoy different features provided by different cloud storage. What's more, it is free, don't hesitate to use it.