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How do I sync my external hard drive to OneDrive?

How do I sync OneDrive with an external hard drive so that when I add files to the external hard drive those files are automatically/periodically sent to the cloud?

- Question from reddit.com

Microsoft OneDrive is applicable to all types of computers. You only need a OneDrive account to sync files on your device with the cloud. Many users use external hard drives to store more tools. Are you looking for a way to sync external hard drive to OneDrive?

Connect the external drive hard drive to the computer and sync with OneDrive, which means you can view and use the files in the external drive hard drive on any device that can use OneDrive, and you can make changes to the files on the hard drive through the network. Besides, the following key points may be the main reasons why you need to sync files from external hard drive to OneDrive:

  • Save storage space in the external drive.

  • Access files on external hard drives that have been synced to the cloud from multiple devices.

  • Provide a copy of the file on the external drive in the cloud to provide multiple protections for the file.

If you are looking for a way to sync external drives with OneDrive, please continue reading this article for all the solutions.

3 Ways to sync external hard drive to OneDrive

OneDrive's official platform provides two ways to sync files to the cloud, which users can do through the client and web. Also, you can use some third-party sync tools to more easily sync the external hard drive to OneDrive. Next, we will take you through the specific steps of all solutions.

Before starting the following methods, please connect your external hard drive to the computer via a data cable and make sure that the files in it can be accessed.

Way 1. Sync external hard drive to OneDrive manually

The OneDrive website allows you to manually upload files on your computer to the cloud. If you have connected an external drive to your computer, you can sync the external drive to OneDrive files through the website.

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

Step 2. Click the Upload option on the main page of OneDrive and navigate to the external hard drive folder. You can select the entire file or the files in it, and click Open to confirm the sync files from the external drive to OneDrive.

OneDrive Upload

Way 2. OneDrive sync external drive with official app

OneDrive provides an official desktop application to help users sync local files to the cloud. The program has been built into Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 systems. You can use it to sync external hard drives with OneDrive immediately.

Step 1. If you are a Windows 10/8.1 user, open the OneDrive program directly from your computer (search for OneDrive in Start). If OneDrive is not installed on your computer, go to download it, and then log in with your Microsoft OneDrive account.

Set Up

Step 2. Now to set up your OneDrive, you can click Change location to select the folder storage location, or click Next to accept the default location of OneDrive files.

Folder Location

Step 3. Then choose to select the external hard drive folder to be synchronized with the cloud from the local.

Step 4. After the setting is completed, a OneDrive folder will be automatically created on your computer. You only need to drag files or folders from the external drive hard disk connected to your computer to it, and you can let OneDrive sync the external drive to the cloud.

OneDrive Folder Windows

Way 3. Sync external drive to OneDrive with 3rd-party tool

There are also some free third-party tools that provide an easier way to sync external drives to OneDrive. For example, with AOMEI Backupper Standard, you can directly and automatically sync the files in the external hard disk to OneDrive, instead of manually uploading each time the file is updated.

Note: Before starting the following steps, please make sure you have logged in to the OneDrive client with the correct account on your computer.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and follow the guide to complete the installation.

Step 2. Run this software and go to the Sync tab, click Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

Step 3. Then click the Add Folder button, and choose the folders from the external hard drive to be synchronized and click OK.

Basic Sync Add Folder

Step 4. Then click the inverted triangle on the right side of the box below, click Select a cloud drive, and select OneDrive.

Sync Select A Cloud Drive

Step 5. Click Schedule on the bottom left, select the interval in General tab, daily, weekly, or monthly, then hit OK to confirm the schedule OneDrive sync. Then click Start Sync to sync external drive to OneDrive automatically.

Schedule Settings General

Youd better backup the external drive to OneDrive for safekeeping

If you want to provide an extra layer of protection for local files, the cloud sync method still has risks. Once the synchronization process stops due to some errors, the data in your external drive will be completely at risk. And if you are using the free tier of OneDrive, you will have a lot of unsynchronized data.

If you pay more attention to protecting data security, we recommend that you use a professional cloud backup service to back up your external hard drive to the cloud. CBackup is a good choice. You can easily back up local files to multiple destinations, including cloud storage services such as OneDrive, and CBackup Cloud with large backup space. Its powerful technical support and backup function can provide professional protection and experience for your data backup.

Step 1. Download the CBackup desktop app, create a CBackup account for free and sign in to it.

Sign In

Step 2. Go to the My Storage tab, then tap + Add Cloud, and select OneDrive, click Add to confirm. Then sign in to your OneDrive account and authorize CBackup to access and manage your OneDrive files.

Add Cloud

Note: CBackup is based on OAuth and uses 256-bit AES encryption technology to ensure data security during data transmission.

Step 3. After adding, go to the Backup Tasks tab and click the New Task button.

Create Task

Step 4. Click on Add Source to select the files from the external hard drive folder that you want to backup to OneDrive. And click Add Destination to choose Single Cloud > OneDrive as the backup destination.

Add Source

Step 5. After selecting, click Start Backup to backup local files to OneDrive.

Start Backup Computer to OneDrive

Tip: CBackup Cloud provides more storage space, and you can also use it as a backup target.

Final words

The above 3 methods can help you easily sync external hard drive to OneDrive to ensure that the files are stored in multiple places. If your primary purpose is to ensure the safety of the files on the drive, you can use Backup to back up any local files to the cloud.