By Kelsey / Last Updated 09/10/2020

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Can OneDrive Backup Any Folder?

OneDrive, as a Microsoft product, is pre-installed on Windows 10, making it easy for Windows 10 PC owners to back up vital data. And as one of the most popular cloud storage services on the market, OneDrive provides up to 5GB of free storage space for new users. You only need a Microsoft or Outlook account to sync and backup folder to OneDrive.

My situation: I am used to backup files to OneDrive on my computer. This is really convenient, but there is a problem that has been bothering me recently. OneDrive directly backs up several folders, but this takes up my space, especially Desktop. Is there any way to backup any folder to OneDrive?

By default, OneDrive backs up the Document, Pictures, and Desktop folders on your computer. However, this includes some data that is unnecessary to users. In fact, you can select any other folder on your PC to use OneDrive for backup. And once you have all the folders you need in OneDrive, you can access them at any time with any Windows 10 device or smartphone.

How to Backup Any Folder to OneDrive?

In the following, you will learn 4 ways that OneDrive backup any folder on Windows. You can either change the settings of OneDrive or use free backup software to complete this process with ease. Please continue reading and choose a method according to your needs.

Way 1. Set up OneDrive Folder Backup

If the system prompts you to back up important folders (Desktop, Documents, and Pictures), please select Prompt to start the folder backup wizard to set up. If you do not see the prompt, or you have closed the wizard, you can follow the steps below.

Step 1. Select the white or blue OneDrive icon in the notification area or the taskbar, and then select Help & Setting> Settings> Backup> Manage backup.

OneDrive Manage Backup

Step 2. In the Back up your folders dialog, tick the folders to be backed up, and then select Start backup.

Folder Backup

Way2. Sync Any Folder to OneDrive

By default, Windows 10 stores your OneDrive folder in the %UserProfile% folder of your account (for example: C:\Users\Kelsey). And you can sync any folder with OneDrive with this method.

Step 1. Press Win + R, type cmd or cmd.exe in the dialog box and click OK or to open the command prompt.

Command Prompt Cmd

Step 2. Type the command at the command prompt: mklink /j "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Folder Name" "Full path of source folder" and press Enter.

Mklink Onedrive Command

Note: Substitute Full path of source folder you want to sync with OneDrive with the actual full path of the folder in the above command.

Substitute Folder Name in the above command with the folder name you want to display in OneDrive, and it must be a new folder name, which isn’t in your OneDrive folder. This specified folder will be created in your OneDrive folder.

For example: mklink /j "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Example Folder" "F:\Example Folder".

Step 3. Now, the specified folder will be synced with your OneDrive.

Onedrive Sync Any Folder

Note: To stop syncing, delete the Folder Name from the OneDrive folder, this will not delete your actual folder from the drive.

Way 3. Backup Any Folder to OneDrive Manually

You can also back up through the OneDrive web page and upload only the files you need.

Step 1. Go to the OneDrive website and sign in to your account.

Onedrive Sign Up Page

Step 2. Click the Upload button on the toolbar. You can either upload any folder or the selected files.

Onedrive Upload

Way 4. OneDrive Backup Any Folder with AOMEI Backupper

You can also use professional backup software to backup files to OneDrive on Windows 10. Some free software can do it, such as AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Step 2. Then you can click on the Sync tab, and select Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

Step 3. Click Add Folder to select any folder that you want to backup to OneDrive.

Sync Add Folder

Step 4. Click the inverted triangle and Select a cloud drive, then choose OneDrive as the destination path and click OK to exit.

Sync Select A Cloud Drive

Step 5. Click Start Sync to perform the operation.

Start Sync

What if OneDrive storage space is insufficient?

The 5GB space provided by OneDrive for free is often full without backing up a few folders. The most direct way to expand the storage space is to purchase, but the long-term storage payments may be a large expense. If you need more backup space for Windows PC files, you can get more space to back up your data in two ways. Please keep reading.

CBackupper Main Page

Way 1. Turn to another cloud:

As a professional cloud storage service, OneDrive offers a slightly more expensive subscription plan. You can switch to a cloud backup service that provides more professional backup methods and a more reasonable backup space - such as the CBackupper desktop application. It is a reliable PC cloud backup service that provides 1000 GB of space ($6/month, $60/year). If you need to do a temporary PC cloud backup or plan to move data between PCs, this is a good choice. It provides a 15-day free trial for each registrant to start your experience:

Step 1. Download and install it on your computer. Then create a CBackupper account to sign in.

cBackupper Sign Up

Step 2. After logging in, click on the Task tab and click on the New Task button.

Create Task

Step 3. Click on the Add Source button to select the PC files that you want to backup to AOMEI Cloud. After selecting, click the Start Backup button to start the task.

Add Source

Way 2. Combine OneDrive storage space

Is there a free way to get more OneDrive space? Yes, you can use the CBackupper web app. It is a professional online cloud service that can merge OneDrive accounts to combine the storage space in the accounts to form a larger backup space. The entire operation process is also very simple, the steps are as follows:

Step 1. Go to CBackupper, click Sign in to connect your CBackupper account.

Sign Up

Step 2. Under the Clouds tab, click Add Clouds as shown, select OneDrive, and click OK to add. Follow the same steps to add all your OneDrive accounts.

Add One Drive

Note: After your authorization, you can access the cloud storage service you added in CBackupper, CBackupper will not save your login information, and you can cancel the authorization at any time.

Step 3. The account you add will be listed under My Clouds. You can modify the Display Name to make it easier to distinguish. Clicking Allocate has three options for you to choose, you can reasonably allocate backup space.

Allocated Space Onedrive

Conclusion

Regarding how to backup any folder to OneDrive, 4 effective ways provided in this article, you can choose the most suitable according to your situation. Besides, don't forget to use CBackupper to get more OneDrive backup storage space for free, which can make full use of cloud disk space and protect data security.