By Nicky / Last Updated July 30, 2020

Can I backup external hard drive to OneDrive?

“Currently, I have about 400 GB of photos on an external drive, however, the space of the external hard drive is running out. So, I'm thinking about backing up the photos on an external hard drive to OneDrive because I have 1T storage space in OneDrive. Since the data quantity is huge, I want to find a way to backup external hard drive to OneDrive with ease. Can you give me some suggestions? Thanks!”

Why backup external hard drive to OneDrive?

In the current age, most users are on longer like to keep data stored on the external hard drive or USB drive and more and more people are rushing towards OneDrive because it is better, faster, and more secure.

As we all know, data on external drive suffer from the very same risks that your computer does like system crash, hardware failure, natural disasters, theft, and so on. So, backing up data from external hard drive to OneDrive can prevent them from losing when the above disasters happen to you.

Meanwhile, the storage space of external hard drive is limited and the price of the external hard drive is not very cheap for most users. In contrast, OneDrive provides you with huge storage space as long as you pay to upgrade your account. And the price is reasonable.

What’s more, the data on OneDrive can be accessed easier than on external hard drives. Every time you need to backup new data or access some data on the external hard drive, you have to connect your external drive to the computer while the data stored on the cloud can be accessed and used on any devices, at any time.

How to backup external hard drive to OneDrive?

Actually, as long as the hard drive is connected to your PC or laptop, OneDrive will treat it as if it is just a regular part of your local storage. So, you can backup or sync external hard drive to OneDrive just like you backup files from local computer to OneDrive. You will find 3 ways to backup your data from external hard drive to OneDrive in the following contents.

Way 1. Backup external hard drive to OneDrive via OneDrive website

OneDrive official website allows you to upload and access the files online, so, if you want to backup the files that you’ve saved on an external hard drive to OneDrive, you can follow guidelines here to achieve it through OneDrive website:

1. Connect your external hard drive to computer and make sure it can be detected.

2. Go to OneDrive website and login to your account.

3. On the OneDrive main page, click the “Upload” > “Files” or “Folder” button.

OneDrive Upload

4. You can browse and select all your files and folders on your local PC here, choose the files or folders you want to upload and click “Open”.

Way 2. Backup external hard drive to OneDrive via OneDrive desktop app

As mentioned above, once you connected your external hard drive to your PC or laptop, OneDrive will treat it as if it is just a regular part of your local storage. So, you can sync OneDrive with an external hard drive just like with any other folder with OneDrive desktop app with the steps below:

1. Connect your external hard drive to computer and make sure it can be detected.

2. If you haven’t set up OneDrive desktop app on your computer, download and install it first. If you have set up OneDrive desktop app on your computer, you will see OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer.

OneDrive in Windows

3. Drag and drop files from external hard drive to this OneDrive folder directly. Then, these files will be synced to OneDrive cloud automatically. You can go to the OneDrive website to see your files there.

Way 3. Backup external hard drive to OneDrive via a third-party tool

There are many third-party tools in the market that can also help you backup external hard drive to OneDrive directly. Here, we will take a free third-party backup tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard as an example to show you how to backup external hard drive to OneDrive with a few steps:

1. Download OneDrive desktop application from Microsoft's official website to your computer and install it. Connect the external hard drive to your computer as well. Then download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

2. Run AOMEI Backupper Standrd and click "Backup" tab. Scroll down your mouse to find "File Sync" and click it.

File Sync

3. Edit the task name if necessary. Click "Add Folder" to select the folders you’d like to sync on the external hard drive. Click the drop-down icon and choose "Select a cloud drive". In the pop-up window, select OneDrive and click "OK". Then, click "Start Sync".

Choose Destination

Bonus tip: How to get more free OneDrive cloud storage?

Generally, OneDrive provides users with 5GB free storage space, which may be not enough for you if you decided to backup the entire external hard drive to OneDrive. If you are not ready to pay for an advanced plan with larger storage space, you can use a multiple cloud storage manager like cBackupper to add and merge OneDrive accounts and comebine the backup space of several OneDrive accounts on one interface and take full use of all your free cloud storage.

1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of cBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name. After that, sign in your account.

cBackupper

2. Navigate to the Clouds tab, click "Add Clouds" at the bottom of My Clouds, select "OneDrive" and click "OK" to add this drive. You can add OneDrive accounts as many as you have.

Add OneDrive

3. After adding, all your OneDrive accounts are listed here. With only one login, you can allocate and make full use of their backup storage space or backup your files between them freely.

Allocated Space OneDrive

Conclusion

You can backup external hard drive to OneDrive via any of the ways above with only a few steps. If you want to get more free OneDrive backup cloud storage, you can use cBackupper to help you merge your OneDrive accounts.