By Delia / Last update October 21, 2020

Why backup user folder to OneDrive?

Have you heard about user folders? Each user account has a collection of user folders in all modern editions of Windows. Usually you can find them under C:\User\User name. These user folders are used to store your personal data like documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc.

Generally speaking, we need to backup these folders timely, because they are easy to lose due to system crash, human error and virus attack. Therefore, many users choose to backup user folder to OneDrive.

OneDrive is a storage option offered by Microsoft as part of its suite of Office Online services. Users can use OneDrive to share and sync files across Windows devices, as well as devices on other platforms like Android, iOS. In general, users would like to sync local folder to OneDrive for following reasons:

  • Access folders from any device over the network.

  • Keep your folders safe.

  • Save your physical storage device space.

  • Offline access your folders.

How to backup user folder to OneDrive?

Want to backup data to OneDrive? There are two efficient ways with detailed steps.

Solution 1. Use OneDrive to backup user folder

OneDrive is now pre-installed in many versions of Windows. If your system doesn't have OneDrive, you can download an OneDrive app and sign up with a Microsoft account. Let’s use OneDrive to backup user folder (Documents) in Windows 10.

Step 1. Go C:\User\User name to find your user folder (Documents). Right-click the user folder. Then choose Properties.

Step 2. Choose Location. Then click Move.

Step 3. Select OneDrive from the list. Then click Select Folder.

Step 4. If all things are right, you can click OK.


For a single file or folder, you can drag and drop it to the OneDrive folder. For large amounts of files or folders, it would be much trouble to drag and drop them to OneDrive one by one. However, you can turn to a third party software.

Solution 2. Use freeware to backup user profile to OneDrive

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free backup software that comes with file sync feature. This freeware allows you to sync files or folders to NAS devices, OneDrive, external hard drives and local hard drives.

For some files and folders that change often, it is better to schedule backup them to OneDrive with this powerful software. What’s more, this backup utility provides file backup and file restore. You can use these practical features by your needs.

Various operating systems can be supported by this freeware like Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP. If you want to learn how to backup user folder in Windows 7, this freeware also can give you a hand.

Is it complicated to backup folders to OneDrive with AOMEI Backupper? Don’t worry! All you need to do are a few clicks. Download this freeware to have a try. Then you can refer to the following steps.

Before you do, you need to install and launch AOMEI Backupper.

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Step 1. Select Sync from the left side. Then click Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Choose Add Folder to add your user folder (Documents).

Add Folder

Step 3. Click the inverted triangle beside the destination box. Choose Select a cloud drive in the menu,  and Choose OneDrive as the destination path. Then click OK.

One Drive

Step 4. Click Start Sync to backup user folder to OneDrive.

Start Sync To Onedrive


  • If you want to distinguish your user folder task from others easily, you can click sync Options to write a comment for your current operation.

  • You can set scheduled sync tasks by clicking Schedule. For schedule settings, you can choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers or USB plug. The last two options are supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional.

  • Another feature only supported by advanced editions is Real-Time Sync under Sync tab. It can sync changed files from the source directory to the destination directory in real time.

  • After syncing, if you want to view the user folder in OneDrive, You can sign in the official website of the OneDrive with your Microsoft account. Then you can see your user folder.


Now you can use these two efficient ways to backup user folder to OneDrive. It is recommended to use AOMEI Backupper, because it provides you more advanced settings. With this freeware, you also can sync desktop to OneDrive, sync external hard drive files and folders to cloud storage.

If you want to sync Windows Server to OneDrive, you can turn to AOMEI Backupper Server.