By Ivy / Last update November 9, 2021

Why Backup PC to Cloud?

Nowadays, there are many cloud drives available for you to store data online, including Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, and other clouds. Why backup computer to cloud? The following reasons could be one of yours:

  • Reduce Cost: for personal use, your hard disk in Windows 7/8/10/11 shows low disk space error, and don’t intend to pay for another relatively expensive external storage device to save files. It’s affordable for business use especially there a large amount of data should be saved.

  • Easy to Access: the files stored in the cloud are easy to access anytime and anywhere while the data in the Windows computer is kind of difficult to access from another device unless shared it on the same LAN.

  • Multiple Guarantees: the offsite backup solution safeguards your data, even your computer damaged somehow, you could restore data from cloud to a new location to make it safe, you will not lose them.

  • Automatic Backup: after you set a backup, it will automatically and continuously backup data to the cloud whenever you’re connected to the Internet.

Before backup PC to cloud drive, choosing a suitable cloud drive is much important for you.

Which Cloud Drive is Suitable for You?

Here we will compare the most common cloud drives, including price and cloud storage, here are the charts for the cloud comparison.

For personal use, If you would like to use more free storage space, Google Drive (Google One) will be your best choice. Or large amounts of efficient storage space with a affordable cost, then Dropbox will be your best fit.

Cloud Drive

Personal Use


Cloud Storage

Google Drive


15 GB


100 GB


200 GB


2 TB


120 TB


240 TB


360 TB

Microsoft OneDrive


5 GB


1.2 TB



2 GB




36 TB



10 GB


100 GB

For business use, these cloud drives provide you more professional tools and services for you to manage business data as well. Hence, simply comparing their cloud storage space and price is relatively one-sided, and it should rely on your demands.

Cloud Drive

Business Use


Cloud Storage

Google Drive


30 GB, 1 user


unlimited cloud storage/1 TB, 1 user

(1 TB per user if fewer than 5 users)

Microsoft OneDrive


1 TB, 1 user


Unlimited cloud storage,1 user



5 TB, 1 user


Unlimited cloud storage,1 user



100 GB, 1 user


Unlimited cloud storage,1 user

Best free Cloud Backup Software for Windows

After choosing the suitable cloud drives, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive, etc., then a cloud backup software is required to backup PC to cloud drives. Although you could try these desktop app of the cloud drives, such as Google Backup and Sync, OneDrive, Dropbox desktop app, or Box Sync, to transfer files to online cloud storage, they cannot backup entire hard disk, partition structures, and other critical data for Windows operating system.

Then the best free Windows cloud backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard comes to play an important role in backing up data to cloud. It’s designed for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) to backup PC to cloud automatically or scheduled with only a few clicks.

How to Backup PC to Cloud in Windows 7/8/10/11

To backup computer to cloud successfully, please ensure you have the enough free space on your cloud drives to save the disk image, because the disk image maybe 40GB or more (depending on your data size on the source disk). 

Before backup computer to Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive, please get the free Windows cloud backup solution - AOMEI Backupper downloaded, then perform the program after installing it to backup efficiently.

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Now, let’s have a look how to backup PC to cloud easily and safely with the following steps (take backup computer to Google Drive for example):

1. Please go to Backup tab, and then choose Disk Backup. If you prefer to backup Windows system files, please try system backup.

Disk Backup

2. Click + Add Disk to choose your Windows 7/8/10/11 hard disk as source disk.

Add Disk

3. Select the Google Drive folder as the destination to save all files from your computer.

Select Backup To Google Drive

Google Drive folder is typically located in C:\Users\UserName\Google Drive (replace the UserName with your current user name, the following is the same).
✍OneDrive desktop folder is probably located in C:\Users\UserName\OneDrive.
✍Dropbox folder is located in C:\Users\UserName\Dropbox by default.
✍Box Sync folder located in C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Box Sync in general.
✍Apart from clouds, you could select one of the following devices as destination: local disk, external hard drives (HDD/SSD), USB flash drive, CD/DVD, NAS, etc.

4. Click Schedule option to set the disk backup running once, daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, USB plug in.

Schedule Settings General

Tip: The Event triggers, and USB plug in in Schedule are premium features, and please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or other advanced editions to enjoy.

5. Press Start Backup >> to backup PC to Google Drive easily and safely.

Start Backup To Google Drive Scheduled

Options: enabling you to modify the backup image, like compress, split, encrypt, and comment on the backup image file, even enable email or SMS notification to get alert once the backup finished.
Schedule: you could enable schedule option to run this backup task via daily, weekly, Scheme: It’s useful to manage your hard disk storage space and allows you to delete old backup images to deal with backup disk full error no matter whether full backup, incremental or differential backup, etc.

Wait for a moment, the cost time depending on the data capacity of the source disk. Then you will get an disk backup image file in your Google Drive folder, and it will automatically synced to the cloud, everything is saved to the cloud. If you are willing to backup data to cloud automatically, please try file backup or basic sync.


It’s a piece of cake for you to backup PC to cloud, like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, etc., as long as you find the best way to backup computer with the proper Windows cloud backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Besides, more advanced features in premium edition,like migrating Windows 10 to SSD, cloning HDD to SSD is the powerful feature for you to upgrade Windows 10 computer, real time sync to sync all changed or modified files since the last backup to keep your personal files up to date.

For server users who are running Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019/2022 (including R2), try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more powerful features.