By Ivy / Last Updated October 20, 2020

What is OneDrive?

Before you start to backup Windows 10 to OneDrive, you need to get some information about Onedrive.

OneDrive is a free online storage that comes with Microsoft account. It's available on Windows 8/8.1/10. As long as you have a Microsoft account, you can get 15 GB free space and use it to store any kind of files. At the same time, you can access them from anywhere. It works like Windows, Office, etc. You can use Onedrive on different platforms and do not need to worry about losing your files. OneDrive can stand alone, but you still can use Office like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote etc.

In an early version of Windows, Microsoft used placeholders on users' PCs to represent files stored in OneDrive. Thus, it was not possible to make the files they keep safe in file explorer on the computer available offline. To satisfy users' needs, Microsoft adds a new feature in Windows 10. It's named Selective Sync. This feature allows users to sync all or part files and folders on OneDrive to the local computer.

Why do you choose OneDrive?

In the cloud storage market, you will see plenty of devices. But why we choose to backup Windows 10 to OneDrive. There are some reasons as follow.

1. Only need one Microsoft account.

OneDrive comes with Microsoft account and is available in Windows 8/8.1/ 10. So if you are a user of Windows 8/8.1/ 10, you can find OneDrive on your computer and do not need to download it. At the same time, as long as you have a Microsoft account, you can use it.

2. OneDrive offers a greater free capacity for users.

With the increasing workload day by day, you will possess a huge amount of files or folders. Then your hard drive is going to be full. The capacity of hard drive becomes a dizzy problem.

To reduce the problem of your local drive, some users may try to backup PC to cloud drive, such as Backup PC to Onedrive, Backup PC to Dropbox. Compared with both, Onedrive will be a better choice. Because Onedrive offers 15GB free storage for every user while Dropbox supply 2GB.

3. Office 365 subscriber can get more space from OneDrive.

If you run out of all the free space on Onedrive and want more space, you can buy it. Aside from that, you still can subscribe Office 365, you can get more space from Onedrive.

4.OneDrive can be available in more place.

In general, the majority of cloud storage is available on webpage or computer. However, users spend much time on the telephone. Thus, users still need a cloud storage device which can be used on the telephone. OneDrive can be used on the telephone. As long as you install OneDrive application on your Windows Phone, IOS, Android, Mac OS X, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, it will be available on these devices.

How to backup Windows 10 to OneDrive with AOMEI Backupper?

Before you start to back up, you need to sign up in OneDrive if you do not have an account of it. If you already have one, you need to sign in.

Sign in

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and enjoy it.

Step 2. Enter the main page, click Sync and Basic Sync subsequently

File Sync

Step 3. In this window, click Add Folder and mount the folders you want to sync, then pitch on the inverted triangle and Select a cloud drive

Add Folder

Step 4. Select OneDrive, and click OK to summon the next step. At last, click Start Sync and wait for the result.

One Drive


1. If you want to distinguish the sync from others, you can click Sync Options to make a unique comment.

2. If you want to sync folders regularly, you can tick Schedule.

Sync OneDrive files to your computer

To make OneDrive files available offline and access it anywhere, you can use the new feature OneDrive Selective Sync in Windows 10. With it, you can sync your files on OneDrive to your computer effortlessly. And you have the freedom to choose to sync all or part folders.

Step 1. Right-click the OneDrive icon on the Windows 10 taskbar, then choose Settings.

Step 2. Click Choose folders under Microsoft OneDrive window.

Onedrive Selective Sync

Step 3. Click Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive or Sync only these folders according to your needs, then click Ok to finish this step.


As long as you have a Microsoft account, you can get 15 GB free space from OneDrive. Thus, if you do not want to spend extra money on any storage device, you can Backup Windows 10 to OneDrive. Also, if you want to access your OneDrive files anywhere, you can use Selective Sync feature. It allows you to sync all or part folders on OneDrive to your computer.

To backup Windows 10 to OneDrive, you can use backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper. With it, everything becomes easy. just a few clicks, you can finish all the steps. Aside from that, you still can Backup Windows 10 to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

What's more, it's a multifunctional software. To protect data, you can use backup and restore feature, including System Backup, Disk Backup, File Backup, etc. As a powerful system clone software, you can also move OS to SSD within clicks. To migrate only data on the partition, you can use Partition Clone.