By Lily / Last Updated July 7, 2020

Why to 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. Following reasons may explain why users 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.

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 easily in Windows?

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

Way 1: Backup files from an external 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 files on an external 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 File Sync features, you are able to backup external hard drives to cloud drives easily. The difference between File Backup and File Sync is that whether it will generate an image file. There won’t be an image file if you use File Sync, so you can access the sync files without the restoring process.

All Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Learn how to use AOMEI Backupper to sync files on an external drive to cloud below:

1. Connect the external hard drive to your computer. Download, install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Backup” on the left pane and select “File Sync”.

File Sync

2. Name the task so that you can distinguish it from other sync tasks. Click “Add Folder” to select the folder to be synchronized. You can also select the whole drive as the source location, but you will be suggested use the “Partition Backup” function for faster speed.

Add Folder

3. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second column 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 the folder shaped button in the second column.

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 six modes supported: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in and Real-time sync. You may upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy the last three modes.

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 enables you to backup PC to NAS and transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10 over network. Try it now and discover more by yourself!