By Nicky / Last Updated December 29, 2020


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

What is OneDrive?


OneDrive is one of the most famous cloud storage service 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?

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 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 to OneDrive folder to sync it to cloud. The second way is to use a third-party backup tool to backup Windows 10 system to 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 AOMEI Backupper. 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”.

Choose System Backup Destiantion

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 encounter 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 do a cloud to cloud backup with a professional cloud backup service like CBackupper. In this way, even if you lose your data in original cloud storage, you have a backup in hand. Let’s see how to backup files between cloud storage with CBackupper:

Step 1. Go to the official site of CBackupper, click "Sign Up" to get your own CBackupper account and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Add and authorize your account of cloud storage under the “Clouds” tab. Choose cloud storage icon and click “OK”.

Add Cloud

Step 3. Click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button to do OneDrive data migration.

Create Task

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

OneDrive to Google Drive

Note: CBackupper also is a cloud backup tool that allows you to back up Windows 10 PC files to its AOMEI Cloud and offers a 15-day free trial with 1000 GB storage space. You can subscribe to it for $6.00 per month and $60.00 per year only. If you meet any problem during the process of using OneDrive or you are looking for a cost-effective cloud backup service, CBackupper is a great choice.

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You can learn how to backup Windows 10 system to OneDrive according to the contents above, and both of the two ways are free way, you can choose any one way to follow. By the way, don’t forget to protect your data in OneDrive with CBackupper. It is free and easy to use.