By AOMEI / Last Updated June 19, 2020

Where should you save backup files?

To create backups is inevitable in case of data loss caused by any unexpected things. It is crucial to keep the backup to another location where no system resides. Therefore, many people have purchased extra hard drives, external drives, NAS devices or other storage devices to serve as a backup drive. Nowadays, many cloud storage services have been introduced, some of which are totally free. You can also consider saving backups to a cloud drive rather than backup to external hard drive.

Cloud Drive

DropBox is one of the most popular cloud drive providing both free and paid service. If you want to have cloud backup, you can choose the DropBox Service to backup PC to DropBox. One of the main advantages of saving backups to a cloud drive is that you can access the backup on any devices anywhere. Therefore, even if the original hardware is complete failed, you can still get the backup as long as you have an internet connection.

Use Dropbox to backup data on computer

Speaking of using Dropbox for backup, you may think of the most commonly used 2 ways. The first one is to download the Dropbox and install it on your computer, then just drag and drop the files you want to backup into the Dropbox folder. The second one is to upload files or folders on the dropbox.com.

Use Dropbox Folder to Backup Data on Computer

However, I have to say that Dropbox is a sync tool instead of backup tool. And here are some disadvantages of it.

  • It only sync files and folders in the Dopbox folder. That’s to say, you can change the location of this folder to any devices, but it only sync files and folders where the Dropbox folder is installed.

  • You are allowed to recover files within 30 days. If you accidentally deleted some files in the Dropbox folder, it will be removed from all devices and Dropbox will only keep the deleted files 30 days. After 30 days, your files will go forever unless you pay for it.

In sum, Dropbox is not good choice if you want to continuously protect and recover your data. To achieve that goal, you’d better use a free backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard. Just a few clicks, you can finish the backup process without any obstacles. Then, you can restore files at any time.

Use AOMEI Backupper to backup laptop or desktop files to Dropbox

To automatic backup Windows to Dropbox, you can set up a scheduled backup to the local DropBox folder with AOMEI Backupper and then the image backup will be automatically synchronized to your DropBox drive in no time.

Why use AOMEI Backupper to backup data on laptop or desktop? Here are some reasons for it.

  • Free and Easy to use. This software is used in the worldwide and recommended by many users, owing to its clear interface and user-friendly design.

  • Support regular scheduled backup, such as, daily backup, weekly backup, event triggered backup, etc.

  • Incremental backup and differential backup are both available. This feature will only backup the modified files after the first full backup and it saves much time and disk space.

  • Email notification, encryption for backup and compression are supported.

  • Besides, you can restore files from backup at any time, as long as you have a backup in hand.

If you just want to backup PC files to Dropbox, the free version is enough. If you want to enjoy more advanced features, such as, backup files with certain file extension, delete backup files before backup disk full, etc, you can upgrade to its advanced version, such as, AOMEI Backupper Professional.

How to backup computer files and folders to Dropbox?

To backup data on computer to Dropbox, you should download and install the DropBox desktop application on your computer if you don’t have one before. In order to keep your backup up to date, it is recommended to create scheduled backup.

To create automatic backup with Dropbox:

1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper.

2. At the main page of screen, under “Backup” tab, select “File Backup”. You can also perform “System Backup”, “Disk Backup”, or “Partition Backup” if you like.

File Backup

3. On the next page, you can select any folders or files that you want to include in the backup by clicking “Add File” or “Add Folder”.

Select Files Folders

4. Specify the local Dropbox folder as the backup target location. Just click the inverted triangle and "Select a cloud drive". then pitch on the Dropbox in the next window.

Select a Cloud Drive

5. Then pitch on the Dropbox in this window.

Backup to Dropbox

6. Click “Schedule” to decide when you want to the backup to run automatically, and you can also decide to run an incremental backup, differential backup or full backup. Also, you can click “Options” to see more options. After that, click “Start Backup” to start the pending operation.

Schedule Backup

Notes:

To backup files in a better way, you could consider using the following features.

  • Filter settings. This feature is used to backup files with certain file extension instead of all of them. For example: If you want to backup files with .doc, you can directly delete contents in the box next to File Inclusive Mask and type it in the box, then click OK to exit.

  • Backup Scheme. With this feature, AOMEI Backupper will delete old backups with a specific roles and you never have to worry about running out of disk space. This is a big headache for users, especially for users who create a scheduled backup.

  • Sync local folder to Dropbox. Besides the ability to backup PC to DropBox, AOMEI Backupper still can sync local folder to Dropbox with "File Sync" feature. It’s suitable for users who has the need to vew files anytime anywhere.

The first two features are only available on the paid version, such as, AOMEI Backupper Professional. If needed, please upgrade to the advanced version.

Usually, the backup will be complete quickly unless you have included a large amount of data in it. Then in a short while, the image backup will be automatically synced to your DropBox cloud.