Backup Hard Drives to Cloud - How to Make It Easily

With the popularization of cloud drives, many people choose to backup hard drives to cloud for data security. How to backup to cloud easily? This page offers you a complete guide.


by Lily Updated on April 19, 2024

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Why backup hard drives to cloud?

Backup is the most basic data recovery solution for both individuals and companies. There is a lot of stuff to be backed up, such as personal/work files, internal/external hard drives, or the whole operating system. You can choose different storage media to save the backup data, including USB flash drives, HDDs, SSDs, etc. Among all the storage media, personal cloud drives have become more and more popular. 

Cloud Service

Following reasons may explain why users would like to backup hard drives to cloud:

  • Access on different devices. After backing up to cloud, you can access your files on your laptop, tablet or phone easily with your cloud account.

  • Survive from hard disk crash. If you backup files to an external hard drive, you may lose the backup data due to hard disk crash, which can be avoided in cloud backup.

  • Set up 3-2-1 backup rule: it is a popular backup solution to keep three copies, with two saved locally and one remotely.

Since it’s advantageous to backup hard drives to cloud, how to save to the cloud exactly?

How to backup a hard drive to cloud in Windows 11/10/8/7

First, you should find a cloud service that best fits your needs. Then, download and install the desktop app for the service on your computer. Take Microsoft OneDrive as an example. I’ll show you two efficient ways to backup an external hard drive to OneDrive:

👉 Way 1: Backup an external hard drive to cloud with OneDrive
👉 Way 2: Sync an external hard drive to cloud via a handy freeware🔥

✐ Note:
If you pick Google Drive or Dropbox instead of OneDrive, go to the following tutorials.
Backup external hard drive to Google Drive >>
Backup external hard drive to Dropbox >>

Way 1: Backup an external hard drive to cloud with OneDrive

1. Connect the external hard drive to your computer.

2. Tap the Search button on the taskbar and type “onedrive” in the search box. Click the top result and sign in with your Microsoft account.

3. Click the Next button after you confirm the location of the OneDrive folder.

OneDrive Folder Location

Note: If the OneDrive folder already exists, it’s safer to use the Change location option to set up OneDrive in another folder path to prevent file sync problems.

4. Click the Open my OneDrive folder button.

Open OneDrive Folder

5. Drag and drop or copy and paste files/folders from the external drive into the OneDrive folder. The client will automatically sync them to your account in the background.

6. Safely disconnect your external hard drive.

Way 2: Sync an external hard drive to cloud via a handy freeware

If you have a large number of files on the external hard drive to be backed up, it would be a tedious work to drag and drop or copy and paste files repetitively. Is there a more efficient way to backup an external hard drive to cloud?

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free backup software, can rescue you. With the File Backup and Sync features, you are able to backup external hard drives to cloud drives easily. The difference between File Backup and Sync is that whether it will generate an image file. There won’t be an image file if you use Sync, so you can access the synced files without the restoring process.

All Windows PC operating systems like Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Download and install AOMEI Backupper on your PC right now.

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How to sync files on an external drive to cloud via AOMEI Backupper

1. Connect the external hard drive to your computer. Run AOMEI Backupper, click “Sync” on the left pane and select “Basic Sync”.

File Sync

Tip: To enjoy more advanced sync modes like Mirror Sync, Real-Time Sync and Two-Way Sync, you may upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

2. Name the task so that you can distinguish it from other sync tasks. Click “Add Folder” to select the folder(s) you want to synchronize from the external drive. 

Add Folder

Tip: You can select the whole drive as the source location, but you will be suggested to use the “Partition Backup” function for faster speed.

3. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second bar and choose “Select a cloud drive”.

Select Cloud Drive

4. Select “OneDrive” cloud and click “OK”. If you cannot find OneDrive in the list, then go back to Step 3 and manually navigate to the OneDrive local folder by clicking "Select a local path".

Select OneDrive

5. Confirm the source and destination path and click “Start Sync”. Safely disconnect your external hard drive when the sync process is finished. The files will be automatically synchronized to your account by OneDrive desktop app.

Start Sync

>> Options: you can write a comment for your sync task so that you can figure out the specific sync contents. You can also enable email notification here.
>> Schedule: you can set the sync task to run periodically. There are five modes supported: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, and USB plug in.

To sum up

To backup hard drives to cloud, you can use the software provided by cloud backup services or turn to powerful third-party software like AOMEI Backupper. In addition to syncing files to cloud, AOMEI Backupper owns the clone feature that enables you to clone SSD to another SSD. Try it now and discover more by yourself!

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.