By Kelsey twitter/ Last Updated January 17, 2022

Why Do You Need Cloud Backup?

  • Are you afraid of accidentally losing the data stored on your hard drive?
  • Are you anxious that there is not enough space locally for backup?
  • Are you panicked that you have lost all local backups due to local accidents?
  • Backup all your data to the cloud offsite, never lose data and recover them from any PC.

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Quick Guide

What is OneDrive data migration?

As one of the mainstream cloud services, OneDrive has massive users. Generally, data migration of OneDrive means to migrate contents in OneDrive cloud to the local computer, other cloud services, or other OneDrive accounts. For example, OneDrive to Google Drive migration. Or, sometimes, it also refers to move data from other cloud storage to Microsoft OneDrive like Dropbox to OneDrive, Google Drive to OneDrive, and so on.

Why need to migrate OneDrive data?

Generally, migrating data on cloud services is a common practice, and the main reasons for migrating OneDrive data are as below:

People may need to download files from OneDrive to a new computer.

The OneDrive is almost full while another cloud is nearly empty, and vice versa.

People have purchased office 365 products with 1 TB OneDrive storage. So, they plan to switch to OneDrive.

People may have multiple OneDrive accounts and sometimes they need to migrate data among multiple OneDrive accounts.

Using multiple cloud drives at the same time, people may want to save a certain kind of data all in OneDrive for better management.

How to perform OneDrive data migration?

Although OneDrive continuously provides users with advanced technical support, there is still no official function that can help users migrate data from OneDrive to other cloud storage directly. Therefore, to move OneDrive data, you have two choices, one is to download and upload data manually, the other one is to use a professional cloud data migration tool.

Situation 1. Migrating data between OneDrive and computer

Actually, backing up files between OneDrive and the computer is quite easy with the help of the OneDrive web app and desktop app. In the following contents, we will show you how to download or sync OneDrive files to local hard drives.

  • Way 1. Download via OneDrive web app

Step 1. Go to the OneDrive website and log in to your OneDrive account.

Step 2. Click “My files” in the menu and select files or folders you want to download.

Step 3. Click the "Download" button and wait for the downloading process to complete.

One Drive Download

  • Way 2. Sync OneDrive files via the OneDrive app

Step 1. Download the OneDrive app on your computer. 

Step 2. Follow the instruction to install the OneDrive app on your computer.

Open Onedrive Folder

Step 3. You can choose to sync the OneDrive files to the local hard drive and then you will have an OneDrive folder on the computer that shows all OneDrive files.

Onedrive Folder Windows

Situation 2. Migrating data between OneDrive and other cloud drives

As most of us known, the most common way to transfer data between two cloud services is to download and upload data manually. You can refer to the following steps to move data in the traditional way.

Step 1. Log in to your OneDrive account.

Step 2. Click “My files” in the menu and select files or folders you want to download.

Step 3. Click the "Download" button and wait for the downloading process to complete.

One Drive Download

Step 4. Log in to another cloud drive and click the "Upload" button and select downloaded files from your PC to upload. Here, take Google Drive as an example.

Upload Files

Note: The new folder will become a .zip file after it’s downloaded to the local PC. If you want to upload the folder to OneDrive directly, you need to extract file first.

Situation 3. Migrating data between two OneDrive accounts.

Step 1. Log in to one of your OneDrive accounts on the website.

Step 2. Select files or folders you want to download. Then, click the "Download" button.

Download from OneDrive

Step 3. Click the “Start” button in the lower-left corner of the desktop. Then, search “OneDrive” through your PC, click” Open”.

Step 4. Enter your email address and password to sign in.

Step 5. Click “Open My OneDrive Folder” and your files will be listed here.

Step 6. Drag and drop or copy and paste the files/folders you want to add into the OneDrive folder

Multiple OneDrive Accounts Windows

An easier way to migrate OneDrive Data between clouds or accounts

Downloading and uploading is indeed a feasible way to move data among clouds, however, it will take a really long time to repeat this operation when there are a large number of data. If you want to migrate cloud data in an effective way, you can turn to a cloud data backup tool like CBackup.

CBackup is a professional cloud backup service that offers cloud to cloud backup and sync services. This feature does not require downloading and installation, you just need to add multiple cloud storage services like OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. on just one interface and then create the backup or sync task.

What’s more, it also allows you to add multiple accounts owning to one cloud drive so that you can migrate OneDrive data to another OneDrive account easily. In the following contents, we will take OneDrive and Dropbox as an example to show you how to achieve OneDrive data migration from Dropbox to OneDrive with CBackup.

Step 1. Get started to create a CBackup account freely and sign in.

Sign up

Step 2. Add and authorize your OneDrive and Dropbox accounts under the “Added Clouds” tab. ( CBackup bases on standard OAuth system that can ensure your account’s security ).

Add Cloud

Step 3. Click on the “Backup Tasks” tab on the left, then, click the “New Task” button to create a migration task.

Create Task

Step 4. Name your task, click the “Add Source” button to add Dropbox as the source. You can choose to backup the entire cloud or just some of the files or folders on the source cloud here.

Add Source

Step 5. Similarly, click the “Add Destination” button to add another OneDrive account or cloud drive as the migration destination.

Add Destination

Step 6. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to perform OneDrive data migration.

Start Backup

Tips: Before starting backing up, you can click the "Settings" in the lower-left corner to enjoy some backup settings: 

You can enjoy “File Filter” features, which can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when transferring.

You can enable email notification. Then, once the task succeeds or fails, you will receive an email notification from CBackup so that you don't need to wait for the task to end.

You can set up an automatic backup in a Specific time/Daily/Weekly/Monthly mode. Then, data will be backed up between two cloud drives at a regular interval or simply for a special timing automatically.

Final words

Following any one of the above methods, you are able to migrate OneDrive data. However, for the sake of saving time and energy, I highly recommend you use CBackup. And besides cloud data migration, it can also help you access multiple cloud accounts without the username and password required in just one interface. 

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