How to Sync OneDrive to Computer Effortlessly?

April 25, 2019

To avoid data loss caused by accidental deletions, users have to sync OneDrive to computer. This article shows you how to complete this task easily.

As a file hosting and synchronization service operated by Microsoft, OneDrive offers users a simple way to store and share various types of files with other people and devices on the internet. In general, OneDrive users are given 5GB of free storage space. Additional storage is available for purchase.

OneDrive is now pre-installed in many versions of Windows. If there is no OneDrive in your system, you can download desktop app from OneDrive website and sign up with a Microsoft account.


Why sync OneDrive to computer?

Once you install OneDrive on your computer, an OneDrive folder will appear. If you want to backup files to OneDrive, you just need to save the required files to this folder. Files will be automatically synced to the web browser if the internet connected. If you delete files in the web browser, the files in the OneDrive folder will be deleted as well.

However, the default location of the OneDrive folder is C: drive, which contains the operating system. If the OneDrive folder is growing in size, the C: drive will be filled up so that the system performance will be degraded.

To free up the precious space, you have to remove some files from this folder. Unfortunately, accidental deletions often happen to users. For better data protection, you’d better sync OneDrive to computer which has redundant disk space.

How to sync OneDrive to computer?

Two proven methods are described here to help you sync OneDrive to computer. You can look at them first and then choose the one you like.

Use copy-and-paste to sync OneDrive to PC

Step 1. Press Windows logo key + E at the same time to open File Explorer.

Step 2. Click the OneDrive folder in the left pane.

Step 3. Right click a folder and then choose Copy.


Step 4. Navigate to the destination path (here is F:). Right click the empty space and then choose Paste.


Step 5. Follow the steps above to synchronize other folders to the destination location manually.

This method looks simple when you only have a small number of files and folders. However, for large amounts of files or folder, it would be much trouble to copy and paste them one by one. Some files or folders even cannot be copied correctly. Moreover, user may not remember to sync OneDrive to computer in a timely manner. Luckily, the next method makes a real difference.

Use a more efficient method to sync OneDrive files to PC

How to sync OneDrive to PC in Windows 10 effectively and easily? AOMEI Backupper Standard is undoubtedly the best answer. This freeware comes with File Sync feature that allows you to sync OneDrive to external/internal hard drive, NAS devices and network etc.

To save time and energy, you are allowed to sync multiple files or folders at the same time. Also, you can use it as free auto sync software so that you won’t worry about forgetting to sync OneDrive to computer anymore.

The user-friendly interface and simple operation steps are compatible with various versions of Windows (Windows 10/8.1/8/7Vista/XP). Let’s see how it works!

Step 1. Download, install and open this freeware.


Step 2. Click File Sync under Backup tab.

File Sync

Step 3. Change the Task Name as you like. Click Add Folder in Step 1. Choose Browse to select the OneDrive folder. Then click OK.

Add Folder

Tips: You can enable Filter settings to exclude specific files. This feature is provided by AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 4. Click Step 2 to select the destination path (here is D:\). Then click Start Sync.

Start Sync


  • Sync Options: You can comment this task and enable email notification here.

  • Schedule: You can set up an automatic sync based on Daily, Weekly or Monthly. To enjoy Event triggers, USB plug in and Real-time Sync features, you should first do an edition upgrade.

  • This freeware only supports one-way sync currently.

  • You can manage all sync tasks in Home tab.

Final Words

Syncing OneDrive to computer is really a good way to keep your data safe. To do this, two methods are shown in this article. AOMEI Backupper Standard is highly recommended as it not only makes the process much easier but also gives you many advanced options. Incidentally, this freeware can also be used to sync local folder to OneDrive and backup Windows 10 to OneDrive.