2 Workarounds That Let File History Backup to OneDrive

Posted by @Cody

September 5, 2017

Normally, you cannot use OneDrive for File History, but you can trick File History to backup to OneDrive. This article will show you two workarounds to use OneDrive for File History backup.

Can File History backup to OneDrive?

File History is a file backup tool built-in in all versions of Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. Once you add a backup location into File History, it will automatically backup data to the storage device that you specified.

You can include or exclude any folders to in the backup. Those who have OneDrive accounts may want to use File History backup to OneDrive cloud, especially OneDrive for business users.

However, in general, you can only set removable storage device like external hard drive and USB flash drive. If you really do want to use File History to backup to OneDrive, there are two workarounds that can trick File History to save file versions to OneDrive.

Two ways to select OneDrive as File History backup location

Since File History can backup to network drive, you can trick File History to regard OneDrive as a network drive. There are two ways to get it done. You can choose either of them.

Share local OneDrive folder

As you know, OneDrive has a Desktop app that will automatically sync files between OneDrive cloud and the OneDrive local folder. This method is to allow File History to backup to the OneDrive local folder and then wait for it to sync to cloud.

1. Share the OneDrive local folder. By default, the OneDrive folder is located on C:/user/your username. You can create a folder named File History Backup if you like. Then right click it and select Properties.

2. Under Share tab, click Share…and complete the sharing process.

Share Folder

3. Locate the shared folder’s network address. It is like //your IP address/the folder name. Open File History and click Select a network location and then click Add network location.

Select a Network Location

4. Type the shared folder location here and click Select Folder.

Select Network Folder

5. Click OK to confirm this operation. Then it will return to the File History screen. Click Turn on and you have configured Windows 10 File History for OneDrive backup.

Turn on

As you can see, it first will backup to the OneDrive local folder, so you can also use this method to use File History to backup to a local drive.

Map OneDrive as a network drive

You can directly map OneDrive or OneDrive for business as a network drive. Then you can easily select OneDrive to backup. You can follow the steps below to map OneDrive as a network drive.

Step 1: Sign in with your OneDrive account. Make sure you are in the root folder. In the URL, copy the number behind “CID=”.

CID

Step 2: Open Windows File Explorer and select “Map Network Drive”.

Step 3: In the Folder field, enter https://d.docs.live.net/ followed by the CID number that you just copied in step 1. See the screenshot for reference.

Select Folder

Step 4: Check the option “Connect using different credentials” and then click on “Finish” button.

Step 5: Wait for the program to connect. Then it will pop out a window to ask you to enter your OneDrive account and password. Fill it out.

Wait for the process to complete. Then you have mapped your OneDrive as a network drive. Now you can just open File History to select this mapped drive (OneDrive) as the backup drive.

An alternative to backup data to OneDrive

Besides using File History to backup to OneDrive, you can use free third party backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard to backup your files and folders to OneDrive. Compared with File History, this free backup software has more options and runs faster.

To backup files and folders with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Free download, install and launch this freeware.

2. Under “Backup” tab, scroll down, and select “File Sync”. If you want to have an image backup, you can select File Backup instead.

File Sync

3. In this screen, click “Add Folder” under “Step 1” to specify the folder(s) that you want to sync. You can also set up a filter to exclude files from the backup, which is available in AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Add Folder

4. Click "Step 2” to select OneDrive as the destination location. To do that, you must have OneDrive desktop app set up.

Select Cloud Drive

5.   Click “Schedule” to specify how often you want the folder to be synchronized. You set a specific time in a day, a week, a month, or you can set up real-time sync.

Setup Schedule

6.   Click “Start Sync” to start the sync task.

Start Sync

Besides using File History to backup to OneDrive, you can also use free tool AOMEI Backupper. AOMEI Backupper also allows you to create system image backup to protect your system, make bootable media to boot your computer when Windows fails to load, and hard drive clone to SSD.