Backup files to One Drive

December 14, 2023

[avatar user="Jamie Poindexter" size="thumbnail" align="left" link="attachment" /]byJamie Poindexter|Jun 23, 2020|Jamie's Tech Corner,Our blogUsing Microsoft One Drive personal or Business? You should probably enable the “Backup my files” option in One Drive. By default, as you may know One Drive works a lot like other cloud sync programs such as Dropbox. You sign in and One Drive selects a folder that all of the files in the cloud download too. This folder can be changed but its always a single folder that contains everything you have in the cloud. The backup feature in One Drive will backup important files on the desktop, my documents and pictures folder to the cloud. In the event something happens to the files or the hardware they can be easily recovered or accessed from another PC if you were working at a different PC than the files were originally stored on.

To enable this setting right click on the blue cloud “business” or white “personal” and choose settings. Click on the backup tab and then manage backup. One Drive will let you exclude one of the 3 folders if you like and also calculate the space used in those 3 folders. Clicking start backup will immediately start uploading the files to the cloud for safe keeping. As you change or add files in those folders they will automatically be synced as well do its as simple and enabling it and forgetting about it.

In the event you need to access those files on another PC you can sign into One Drive using the same account and enable the backup. Now the files will roam with you, so files you had on the desktop of your work desktop will show up on the laptop you use at home. The files will show in the corresponding folders on the web as well. So you need to access a one off and don’t want to sign into One Drive you have that option as well.