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What is OneDrive?

OneDrive

OneDrive is one of the most famous cloud storage services provided by Microsoft, which can back up your personal and work files online. With it, you can easily sync files on your Windows 10 PC to the cloud and to your other Windows PCs, smartphone, or tablet. It's built into Windows 10 and offers a web app, desktop app, and mobile app to meet different needs.

Meanwhile, OneDrive offers 5 GB free storage space for each registrant and with 100 GB, 1 TB, and 6 TB storage options available either separately or with Office 365 subscriptions to help you protect your data with sufficient storage space. Because of the convenience and cost-effectiveness, many users choose OneDrive as their storage solution.

Generally, you can manually backup Windows 7/8/10 files to OneDrive via the web app. If you have installed the OneDrive desktop app on your PC, you can also apply this app to automatically backup PC to OneDrive cloud.

Can I backup Windows 10 system to OneDrive?

“Can I backup the Windows 10 system to my OneDrive so that I can restore the system settings and apps by one click with a good internet connection when I reinstall the Windows 10 system at this laptop? Looking forward to your kindly reply! Thanks!”

As mentioned in the case above, many OneDrive users may wonder if they can back up the Windows7/8/10 system to OneDrive in order to restore the Windows system directly from OneDrive later without reinstalling the Windows system. However, no matter the web app or desktop app, it allows you to backup files or folders only.

System backup involves making a backup copy of the entire Windows operating system that is running on your PC, as well as all your programs, files, and settings. This type of system backup can run into hundreds of gigabytes - even multiple terabytes. So, you can’t back up the entire Windows 10 system to OneDrive directly.

But don’t worry, if you need to backup Windows 10 system to OneDrive, you can rely on a professional backup tool to create a Windows 10 system image, which is a file. And then you can backup the Windows 10 system image to OneDrive for safekeeping.

2 Ways to backup Windows 10 system to OneDrive

In the following contents, we will introduce 2 ways to backup Windows 10 system to OneDrive. The first way is to create a Windows 10 system image with Windows built-in backup tool and put the Windows 10 system image into the OneDrive folder to sync it to the cloud. The second way is to use a third-party backup tool to backup Windows 10 system to the OneDrive folder directly.

Way 1. Create system image and copy it to OneDrive folder

Windows built-in tool called Backup and Restore (Windows 7) can help you create a system image and backup the image to local hard drives, external hard drives, DVDs, or Network drives with ease. Please check the steps:

Step 1. Tap the Search button on the taskbar and type “backup” in the search box. Select “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” from the search results.

Step 2. Click the “Create a system image” option, and then hit “Next”.

Create A System Image

Step 3. Select a local hard drive to save the Windows 10 backup. Then click “Next”. Confirm the backup settings and click “Start backup” to image Windows 10.

Backup System to Hard Drive

Step 4. The folder for your backup on the target hard drive must be named "WindowsImageBackup". Just copy the entire folder to OneDrive folder with administrator rights. OneDrive will sync it to the cloud automatically.

OneDrive Folder

Way 2. Backup system to OneDrive directly via third-party tool

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free and professional backup and restore software that can help you back up system to cloud, external hard drives, NAS/Network drives and so on. You can follow the steps below to use AOMEI Backupper Standard:

Step 1. Download and install OneDrive desktop app on your computer first. After setting, OneDrive will create a folder on your computer (C:\Users\ [your username] \ OneDrive) to sync your files automatically.

Step 2. Download, install and launch CBackup. Click “Backup” and select “System Backup”.

System Backup

Step 3. The required system partition(s) is (are) selected by default. Choose the destination path to store the system image by browsing and locate to “C:\Users\ [your username] \ OneDrive”.

Select Destination

Step 4. Confirm the operation and click “Start Backup”.

Bonus tip: how to protect your OneDrive files?

Nowadays, users prefer to backup important data to OneDrive including system image to avoid lose all data at once when encountering natural disasters, theft, fire, etc. However, data in OneDrive is also not absolutely safe due to human errors, technical bugs, hacker attacks, and so on. So, it is necessary to make a copy of your OneDrive files in advance.

Since cloud storage is currently the most secure data storage method, you are suggested to keep your backup version in another cloud storage. In this way, even if you lose your data in original cloud storage, you have a backup version in hand. You can restore the data from your backup destination to the original location or new location at any time.

To save your time and effort, you can do a cloud-to-cloud backup with a professional cloud backup service like CBackup.

With CBackup, you can easily and quickly backup all or part of the OneDrive files to another cloud storage, or another OneDrive account.

In addition, CBackup offers many useful backup settings like Scheduled Backup, File Filter, Email Notification, and so on to improve your backup efficiency.

What's more, all the mentioned features and backup settings are free and CBackup is very easy to use. So, you don't have to worry about anything and you can just have a try.

Let’s see how to backup files between cloud storage with CBackup:

Step 1. Create a CBackup account and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Add and authorize your account of cloud storage under the “My Storage” tab. Choose the OneDrive icon and click “Add”.

Add Cloud

Step 3. Click on the “Backup Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click the “New Task” button to do create your backup task.

Create Task

Step 4. Then, name your backup task, click the “Add Source” button to add OneDrive as the backup source. Choose another cloud storage (e.g. Google Drive) as the backup destination and click “Start Backup”.

OneDrive to Google Drive

Note:

You can select certain files on OneDrive as the backup source or select the entire OneDrive as the backup source.

You can click the “Settings” button before starting backup to enjoy “File Filter”, "Email Notification", "Scheduled Backup" features.

After backing up, you can easily restore the files that have been previously backed up to the original location or a new location easily with CBackup.

Restore

CBackup is also a cloud backup tool that allows you to back up Windows 10 PC files to its CBackup Cloud and offers huge backup space. In addition, it also supports PC to third-party cloud storage backup. If you meet any problem during the process of using OneDrive or you are looking for a cost-effective cloud backup service, CBackup is a great choice.

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Conclusion

You can learn how to backup Windows 10 system to OneDrive according to the contents above, and both of the two ways are freeway, you can choose any one way to follow. By the way, don’t forget to protect your data in OneDrive with CBackup. It is easy to use. No matter you need a OneDrive client alternative or a cloud backup service alternative, it can offers help.