Backup OneDrive Files to External Hard Drive

Tracy King updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

How to backup OneDrive files to an external HD?

"Did you ever meet this problem that the OneDrive folder was getting full of files? And do you know how to move or backup those OneDrive files to an external storage device?
I’m having this problem that my OneDrive backup files are taking full space of the D: drive on my PC. And I don’t know how to move the OneDrive backup files to my external hard drive. If you know how to backup OneDrive files to an external HD, please let me know. Thank you in advance.
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Due to different reasons, some Windows users want to move and backup OneDrive files to an external storage device. Here in the below, you’ll find three reliable free methods for OneDrive backup, and you can follow either one to backup your OneDrive files to your external storage device now.

Method 1. Automatically backup OneDrive files from PC to external hard drive

If your OneDrive backup location is on the Windows local drive, you can directly apply powerful Windows free backup software to backup OneDrive files from your PC to an external storage device for free with below easy steps:

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive to your PC and launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click File Backup.

Backup OneDrive files to external hard drive.

Step 2. Select the location of OneDrive folder where you save the OneDrive backup files that you want to backup to an external HD.
Step 3. If you need to automatically backup OneDrive files to an external HD, click Schedule to set up a backup plan for this task. 

Select external hard drive to save OnedDrive files.

You can set to automatically backup OneDrive files to an external hard drive by day, week or month.

Step 4. Click Proceed to start backing up OneDrive files to your external hard drive now.
After the first full backup, the program will do an automatic backup for your OneDrive files, and all you need is to keep the external hard drive connecting to the PC. 

Method 2. Backup and download OneDrive files online to external HD

If you want to download the OneDrive files that you’ve saved online to an external hard drive, you can follow guidelines here to  download, backup the files in your OneDrive account to the external HD with ease now:

Step 1. Login to your account on: https://onedrive.live.com.
Step 2. Choose to download the OneDrive files that you want to backup.
Step 3. Click Download once you’ve selected the files in your OneDrive account.

Note:Do remember to change the location of your downloaded files to your external hard drive with below guidelines:
1. Open the Internet Explorer, click Tools setting button, and select View downloads.
2. Select Options in the lower left corner and choose a different default download location - set your external hard drive as the default download spot by selecting Browse, then click OK once you’re done.

Step 4. Once you’ve changed the OneDrive download location to your external hard drive, all files will be downloaded to your external HD.

Method 3. Transfer and move OneDrive folder to an external hard drive

If you don’t want to take the risk of losing your files in OneDrive which is stored on your PC due to unknown errors or a sudden disaster, you can follow to change the OneDrive location and move OneDrive files to your external hard drive with tips in the below:

1. Connect the external hard drive to your PC.
2. Right-click on OneDrive in the taskbar and select Settings, click the Account, then select Unlinke this PC.
A OneDrive setup screen will show up, and you can choose to ignore it. 

Move OneDrive files to external hard drive.

3. Open File Explorer and locate your OneDrive folder, click Move to button, create and select a folder on your external hard drive.

Transfer OneDrive files to external hard drive.

All files in OneDrive folder will be moved to the external hard drive automatically.

4. Sign in with your OneDrive account when the OneDrive setup screen pops up.

Change OneDrive location to external hard drive.

5. Click Change location in This is your OneDrive folder screen, and select a new OneDrive folder location, click Use this location

Set external hard drive to save OneDrive backup files.

By changing the location of your default OneDrive folder location to an external hard drive or device will ideally protect your data from being damaged or various data losing cases on your PC.

 
 

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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.

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