[Solved] How to Set Automatic Backup to OneDrive in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

Daisy updated on Sep 07, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

To automatically backup data into OneDrive storage device, you may need to learn the detailed steps about settings. Here we also recommend you try EaseUS Todo Backup, which allows users to customize the backup schedule.


Part 1 What is OneDrive and How to set up auto backup to OneDrive

OneDrive is a useful Microsoft automatic backup for Windows 10, similar to IDrive, pCloud, iCloud, and Google Drive. It supports PC, mobile, and web pages, and users can use it to store or synchronize device data across platforms. OneDrive will provide 5G free storage space, and if you want to get more, you need to spend money to buy.

Microsoft has introduced new folder protection (backup) function for OneDrive. Folder backup will automatically sync your documents, pictures, and desktop folders to ensure that essential PC folders are conserved to cloud service.


1. Incremental is not available.   

OneDrive currently does not support incremental backups. When the file is modified, it is directly synchronized to the OneDrive cloud. You cannot view the version before the modification.

2. Limited file location.

It should be noted that the backup folder will be moved to the OneDrive directory, and the original folder only retains a "Where is my file" shortcut, pointing to the folder with the same name that has been moved to the OneDrive directory. If you use multiple Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive will automatically keep all these folders in sync. This feature is especially useful if you like to put relevant documents on your desktop. It can protect data security to prevent threats such as hard disk damage, computer loss, or ransomware.

Step 1: Find OneDrive icon on the deskbar. 

onedrive settings menu

Step 2: Right click the OneDrive icon, and choose Settings. Find Auto Save in the OneDrive settings of Windows 10

windows 10 onedrive auto save

However, it should be noted that the local files of Outlook and OneNote cannot be conserved at present, and if the data is more extensive than 20GB, they cannot be synced.

If you do not want to auto save any folder, you can click the Auto Save tab, set the Documents and Pictures lists to This PC only, and uncheck the other boxes.

windows 10 onedrive automatic save

Part 2: Automatic backup to OneDrive with EaseUS Todo Backup

Compared with OneDrive backup's limitation mentioned on the previous part, EaseUS has five better way to set automatic backup on Windows 10. Two function is superior to OneDrive: incremental backup and storage location. And the other three - compression, customization and preview/view images are worth knowing on the latter part.

1. Incremental backup

A backup of all the data that has changed since the last backup, no matter whether the previous backup was full, differential, or incremental. This backup type is the fastest because it will not re-backup files of earlier tasks.

windows 10 incremental backup

On account of the OneDrive capacity, you may have to choose which part to backup or your cloud device gets full again and again. Incremental backup is a necessity.

2. No limited by storage location.

If you back up files to OneDrive, you will find your mirror documents are all save to the OneDrive directory. But EaseUS Todo Backup has more storage location choices.

choose a backup location

3. Backup compression to further save space.

Considering the capacity limitation of OneDrive or any storage device you use, the compression can maximize pace saving. You can also customize the compression level.

customize the compression

4. Customize backup plan

According to your needs, you can make a backup plan independently.

schedue backup

5. Preview and view images

You can preview and view images through backup path. Find the images that have been backed up. And then right-click to open or do other recover choices as the picture shows.

images preview

How to backup files/system/disk automatically

Step 1. Launch and run EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer. 
Click "File" on the main window.

Select Disk/Partition backup mode to start backing up your disk.

Step 2. Choose the specific files that you want to backup to your cloud account - Google Drive/OneDrive or Dropbox.

Choose the source and destination disk to backup computer to USB flash drive

And then, click "Browse" at the destination column to select "Cloud Device" and click the "+" icon to access the cloud storage.

Select destination to save photos.

Step 3. Select your Cloud storage - Google Drive/OneDrive or Dropbox and sign in to allow EaseUS Todo Backup access your account for saving backup images.

Select Cloud drive to add for backing up files.

Step 4. Click "Allow" to let EaseUS Todo Backup access and save backup images of your files to Cloud drive and finally click "Proceed" to start backing up your files now.
Wait for the process to finish, and all your videos will be saved to your cloud storage with a compressed format by taking up a small space. 


1. How to backup your computer to the cloud with OneDrive?

  • Open up OneDrive settings and select the Auto Save tab.
  • Click the Update folders buttons.
  • Select which folders you would like to be backed up and where to store.
  • Click OK.

2. Are OneDrive files stored on my computer?

It depends on your OneDrive settings and your computer version. You can check files on the local OneDrive folder or OneDrive storage in the cloud.

3. What happens if I delete files from OneDrive?

If you delete a file from your cloud, it will be deleted from the local OneDrive folder and vice versa. If you keep the data on the local data and remove them from the cloud, you need to move the local copy to a new folder outside of the OneDrive folder.

4. How do I stop files being save to OneDrive?

Select Start, type OneDrive in the search box, and then select OneDrive in the search results. Select More > Settings. On the Settings tab, uncheck all the boxes under General. On the Auto Save tab, set the Documents and Pictures lists to This PC only, and uncheck the other boxes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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