By Kelsey / Last Updated December 30, 2020


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How to Backup OneNote?

OneNote is a Microsoft program that can automatically save your notes while you are working. If the backup is located on your hard drive or in a medium connected to the system, then when the hard drive is damaged, the computer is attacked by a virus, or the operating system crashes, it may cause loss of OneNote data. The best way to ensure local data security is to back up to the cloud, such as backing up OneNote to OneDrive. You'll learn how to backup OneNote files to OneDrive in the following sections.


Why Sync OneNote With OneDrive?

OneDrive is Microsoft's great file hosting tool, a built-in program for Windows 10, and office 365's default online storage and sync service, providing many powerful features. Back up or sync OneNote to OneDrive, where you can share notes with friends and family, and use the app to view files on multiple devices. Also, OneDrive offers 5GB of free cloud storage for each registered account.

You may also choose to backup OneNote files to OneDrive because of the following:

√ Excellent interface.

√ Clients for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows.

√ Well integrated with Windows 10 and Office 365.

√ Powerful file sharing and document collaboration editing.

√ Data is stored in the cloud, effectively protecting against on-premises threats and avoiding important data loss.

How to Backup OneNote to OneDrive?

In this chapter, we will introduce 3 free methods for backing up OneNote notes and files to OneDrive. Continue reading to understand the specific steps.

Way 1. Manually Backup OneNote to OneDrive

Microsoft creates backups for OneNote, which you can manually run to back up OneNote data to your local location or external hard drive.

Step 1. Start OneNote on your computer, and then select File > Option.

Step 2. In the OneNote Options dialog box, click Save & Backup. Then, on the right side of the window, select Backup folder > Modify, and then choose to backup the OneNote file your local, or external hard drive connected to your system.

Backup OneNote Modify

Step 3. After selecting the backup location, click Back Up All Notebooks Now under the Backup tab. When you receive a notification that the backup is complete, click OK.

Backup All Notebooks Now

Step 4. Go to the OneDrive website and login to your account. Click Upload on the taskbar, then navigate to the folder where the OneNote files are stored and upload the OneNote files that need to be backed up.

OneDrive Upload

Way 2. Automatically Backup OneNote with OneDrive

Some third-party tools automatically back up OneNote to cloud storage service. Here, we recommend using free software such as AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is not a complicated process:

Step 1. Follow Steps 1-3 of Way 1 to backup OneNote files to your computer, and if you only need to back up individual files to OneDrive, you can choose to export Your OneNote notebook:

Open the OneNote Notebook, click File, then click Export on the taskbar, and select the content and format to export.

Export Notebook

Step 2. Open the OneDrive app and sign in to your account. Then download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and start it.

Step 3. Click Sync in the taskbar, then select Basic Sync on the right.

Basic Sync

Step 4. Click Add Folder to select the OneNote file, then click the down arrow icon, and tap Select a cloud drive. In the pop-up window, select OneDrive, and then click Start Sync.

Sync Select a cloud drive

Way 3. Sync OneNote to OneDrive

Syncing OneNote files to OneDrive is also a great way. When you take notes on your phone, you can also use the data when you open OneNote from your computer.

Step 1. Open OneNote Notebook and click Share on the taskbar.

Notebook Share

Step 2. Select OneDrive on the shared notebook screen. If you have logged into your OneDrive account, the account will automatically be displayed on the interface.

Select OneDrive

If OneDrive is not displayed on the interface, click Add a Pace > OneDrive, and then log in to your account.

Add a place

Step 3. Click Move Notebook to save the OneNote notebook online to OneDrive.

Move Notebook

Step 4. Now you can share your notebook with others so that you can collaborate in the notebook in real-time.

Shared With

Bonus Tip: How to Backup Windows PC?

OneDrive is a good supporting file hosting service for Windows OS, but if you want to back up your entire Windows computer, you may need to switch to a more professional PC cloud backup service. OneDrive only provides 5GB of storage space for free, which is more suitable for backing up some files such as OneNote rather than the entire computer data.

Cloud backup tools have more professional backup methods and more reasonable backup space solutions, such as CBackupper. This desktop application can help you back up Windows 10/8/7/XP in the cloud. Data will be backed up to its secure cloud - AOMEI Cloud through simple operations. It provides 1000GB of backup space ($6/month, $60/year), which is enough to protect your personal files.

CBackupper Main Page

It also provides a 15-day free trial. After registering an account, you can experience backing up and restoring computer data for free. Now start backing up your Windows PC:

Step 1. Download and install the CBackupper desktop app.

Step 2. Start it and create a CBackupper account then log in.

Sign In

Step 3. Click New Task under the Tasks tab to create a task.

Create Task

Step 4. In the next interface, click Add Source and select the PC files that need to be backed up.

Add Source

Step 5. Click Start Backup to launch the backup task.

Start Backup


That's all about how to backup OneNote to OneDrive, and you can choose one of 3 free ways. Also, if you're looking for a backup solution for your Windows PC, try CBackupper, a simple, easy-to-use professional cloud backup for large storage space at a lower price.