How to Backup to OneDrive for Business in Windows 10/8/7

Posted by @Cody

October 15, 2018

Many people use OneDrive for storing and sharing files online. You can also backup to OneDrive for Business to protect your data.

Why use OneDrive for Business to backup your drive?

The one clear advantage that online backup has over local backup is that your data is stored away from home or office, meaning that your important data is free from local disasters like fires and floods that could impact your external hard drive, optical discs, or other local backup destinations or media

Having your data stored in a physically secure, enterprise-grade data center also means that it's protected from theft as well as most common hardware failures.

Local backup is only a better option, in my opinion, if one of the following is true: a) your connection to the Internet is very slow, or b) your Internet connection is metered. Since backing up online requires a lot of Internet usage, these two situations make it difficult to backup successfully.

So, in my opinion, while local backup may have an advantage or two over online backup, overall the benefits of backing up using a reputable online backup service outweigh the negatives, at least for most people in most situations.

How to better use OneDrive for backup purpose

Besides using the OneDrive for Business desktop app for synchronizing files from local to cloud, you can also use other backup tools like Windows Backup and Restore or File History to backup to OneDrive.

Move OneDrive folder to another location

By default, OneDrive folder is located in C: drive. You should never backup files to the same local drive that has to be backed up. The system drive may be the most vulnerable partition on your internal hard drive.

If the system drive gets virus infected and encrypted your files, this change will also sync to OneDrive cloud. Therefore, you want to change the-the OneDrive folder to another location. For backup purposes, it is recommended to move OneDrive folder to external drive.

1.Right click on the OneDrive taskbar icon and then select Settings.

2. Under the Account tab, select Unlink this PC. Then you will the OneDrive setup screen appear,  and just ignore it for now.

Unlink This PC

3. Open File Explorer and locate your OneDrive folder. In the File Explorer Home tab, click Move to button and then select a location to move the OneDrive folder.

Move to

4. When it completes, go back to the OneDrive setup screen, and sign in with your OneDrive account.

Setup OneDrive

5. In the This is your OneDrive folder, click "Change location." After that, select Use this location.

Change Location  

Map OneDrive for Business as a network drive

To use backup tool like Backup and Restore or File History to backup to OneDrive, you can map OneDrive as a network drive.

1. Open a web browser (IE 11 is recommended) to login to your OneDrive for Business account. At the login screen, you should check the Automatically login option.

2. Down the left corner, click Return to classic OneDrive.

3. Copy the URL without “/Forms/All.aspx”.

Copy URL

 4. Open File Explore, and click Map network drive. Then enter the link address you just copied to connect the OneDrive. 

After that, you can the see the mapped OneDrive in File Explorer. With a mapped OneDrive for Business drive, you can use backup tool Like File History or Backup and Restore to directly backup to OneDrive.

Use free backup software to backup files to OneDrive for Business

Besides the File History, you can also use free backup software to backup files to OneDrive for business. AOMEI Backupper Standard is free backup and sync tool that allows you to backup to cloud, network drive, external hard drive and other storage devices.

After configuring the OneDrive desktop app, you can follow the steps below to backup data to OneDrive with AOMEI Backupper:

Step1. Free download AOMEI Backupper. Install and open this tool. Then you can click on the Backup tab, and select File Sync. If you want to create an image backup, then select File Backup instead. The steps are quite alike.

File Sync

Step2. Click Add Folder to select one or more folders that you want to backup to OneDrive for Business.

Add Folder

Step3. Click Step 2 to choose OneDrive folder as the destination path.

Select- Cloud Drive

Step4. Click Start Sync. If you want to automatically sync to OneDrive, you can click Schedule to add schedule to run this sync task. You can also enable real-time file sync (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional) from there.

Start Sync

Since OneDrive for Business has 1TB or more cloud space, you can create more backups to OneDrive for Business. For protecting your system and installed programs, you can also use this free tool to create system image backup.

For being able to restore your system or files when system failed to boot, you can create bootable disc or USB drive to restore your data.