By Ivy / Last Updated April 9, 2020

Manual backup vs automatic backup vs automatic cloud backup

Manual backup is a traditional way that almost everyone uses, simple and easy to learn, but time-consuming. You just need to drag and drop, or use copy and paste option from the context menu. The target drive is always a physical disk, NAS, or cloud drives like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, or NAS. And this type of backup increases the risk of data loss and the main reason is human error, local disaster like system crash, disk failure, or natural disaster such as fire.

Automatic backup can free your hands and let you do more meaningful things during the process. At the same time, automatic backup software always has several schedule settings, which allows you to automatically backup based on your needs. Besides, automatic backup will be much safer and the software will take care of rest after you set schedule backup. For target drive, you’d choose any device.

Automatic cloud backup is very similar to automatic backup aforementioned and the only difference is that the target drive is a remote server provided by cloud backup services, such as, Backblaze, Carbonite, iDrive, cBackupper etc. In this way, your data is away from home and office, which will greatly reduce the disk of data loss.

What is the best cloud backup services?

After getting the basics, let’s find what is the best free cloud backup services. In the following, I’ll share some requirements you may use. For details, please see this article and choose one from all of them.

Platform support: Most services support both Windows and Mac.

Easy setup and management: The once and for all approach is the best.

Storage capacity: Many services offer unlimited storage, but you need to check and confirm for yourself.

Continuous or schedule backup: This type of backup can minimize data loss and ensure your files are up-to-date.

Encryption of data: The most popular service always provides you 128-bit or 256-bit encryption, AES encryption, or personal encryption key.

Versioning: This feature makes you to roll back different version of files.

Retention of deleted files: Some services provide file versioning forever while others are limited to 30 days.

Syncing and sharing: Some user-friendly software allows you to sync or share files with other devices and your friends.

External hard drive backup: This feature is not supported by all online backup services.

Mobile backup: Backing up files in Mobile becomes increasingly important.

Step-by-step guide: how to automatic backup to cloud?

Here, I’ll show you how to automatic backup to cloud with the most popular cloud backup services, including Backblaze, Carbonite, Crashplan, iDrive, cBackupper and iCloud.

Method 1: Automatic backup to cloud using Backblaze

In general, Backblaze will backup your files on attached USB drives, Firewire drives, Thunderbolt, internal drives, drive partitions during the install process. You can also add external hard drive from settings.

Step 1. Sign up a Backblaze account and sign in.

Step 2. Then, click “Windows 7/8/10” under the DOWNLOAD link. Then, click the downloaded files and select “Show in folder” to open its location, right-click the app and run as administrator.

Download

Step 3. In the Backblaze Installer window, your account will automatically sign in, you just need to click “Install Now” and then it will start to analyze your drive.

Step 4. Wait until the install complete and click “OK” to continue. Then, it will start your first backup. And the process may spend several days and it depends on your network speed.

Step 5. To back up specific directory or folder, click “Settings” and select “Set...” to find.

Settings

Method 2: Automatic cloud backup files on Windows 10 with Carbonite

Step 1. Sign up for Carbonite.

Step 2. Download the safe version or other versions to your Windows 10 desktop and install it.

Step 3. Set a nickname for your computer and click “Next”, then it will start to connect your Carbonite account, just wait.

Step 4. Click “Start backing up”.

Start Backup

Step 5. To set backup settings, click “Settings &controls” under the Compute icon. The first option “Back up continuously” is default. If you want to backup specific folders, you can directly right-click the folder and select “Carbonite” and “Back this up”.

Method 3. Automatic cloud backup to iDrive

Step 1. Download iDrive from internet and install it.

Step 2. Type your email and password of iDrive account and click “Sign in”.

Step 3. Click the “Backup” tab and it will automatically select files need to be backed up.

Step 4. Tick “Backup files to my IDrive account” or “Backup files to Local, Wi-Fi, or Express device”. The first one is the default option.

Idrive Backup

Step 5. To add or remove folder, click “Change”.

Step 6. To set schedule settings, click “Schedule” at the lower right side. Then, click “Backup”.

Method 4. Automatic iCloud backup on iPhone

To perform automatic iCloud backup on iPhone, you are supposed to enable iCloud in your iPhone. It will automatically backup iPhone over WiFi every night, and requires iPhone to be connected to power and the screen should be locked.

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and connect it to WiFi.

Step 2. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backups and turn it on, then click “Back Up Now”.

Backup Iphone Icloud

Step 3. Connect your iPhone to a power source.

Step 4. Lock your iPhone’s screen.

Method 5. Automatic cloud backup free with cBackupper

cBackupper is a little difference from the above software. This software mainly backup files between cloud storage regardless of different clouds or different accounts. If you have multiple cloud drive accounts, you can try this software.

Make preparations:

Sign Up

  • Add your cloud drives. Go to the Clouds tab, click “Add Clouds” in the lower left corner, select your cloud drive (Here is Google Drive) and click “OK”, then sign in your account to continue. In the next window, just modify the display name and allocate space of your disk, then tick the checkbox before “Note” and click “OK”.

Add Google Drive

Detailed steps to perform automatic cloud backup with cBackupper:

Step 1. Go to the “Tasks” tab and click “Create Task”.

Create Task

Step 2. Click “Add Source”, then tick "Google Drive" and click “OK”.

Add Source Google Drive

Step 3. Click “Add Destination”, then select another Google Drive and click “OK”. Also, you can select a secondary target if your Google drive does not have enough space.

Add Destination Google Drive

Step 4. To automatic backup your clouds, click "Settings" or "Schedule" and select one or more settings. Then, confirm everything and click “Start Backup” and wait until the task is 100% completed.

Schedule

Wrapping things up

From above, you may already know how to perform an automatic cloud backup with the most popular cloud backup services. Many users may think the best software only have one, but I have to say that it’s a misunderstanding. Because different users have different situations and the best should be the most suitable. Please select the software according to your situation and backup with corresponding guide.