By Nicky / Last Updated September 4, 2020

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General information about Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Drive, formerly known as Amazon Cloud Drive, is a cloud storage service managed by Amazon. The service offers secure cloud storage, file backup, file sharing, and Photo printing. Using an Amazon account, the files and folders can be transferred and managed from multiple devices including web browsers, desktop applications, mobiles, and tablets.

Today, Amazon Drive offers free unlimited photo storage with an Amazon Prime subscription or a Kindle Fire device, and a paid limited storage service. The Prime Photos plan offers unlimited storage for photos and RAW files, and a 5GB of storage for videos and other files.

Amazon Cloud Drive

Why backup PC to Amazon Cloud Drive?

As mentioned above, Amazon Drive lets you upload your files so that you can store and share them online with ease. Meanwhile, it has become a secure backup destination for all kinds of files, and may users would like to backup their crucial files to Amazon. Then, when a disaster occurs, they can easily get these data back from Amazon Drive.

In addition, Amazon provides 5GB free storage and unlimited storage for different users in different countries. 5GB is enough space for 2,000 photos, so this cloud drive is a great option for users who want to back up their photo libraries to the cloud. After backing up photos or other kinds of files to the cloud, they can delete the files in their local hard drive or mobile devices to free up storage.

3 Ways to backup PC files to Amazon Cloud Drive

Way 1. Backup PC to Amazon Cloud Drive via website

To backup files to Amazon Cloud Drive, you can easily access the service anywhere through its web version, with the use of any browser such as Safari, Chrome, or Microsoft Edge.

1. Go to the Amazon Drive site and sign in to your Amazon account. If you already have an account that you use to buy things from amazon.com, you can use the same login information to get started with Cloud Drive. If you don’t have an account, please create one at first.

Amazon Cloud Drive Sign In

2. Once you're logged in, you'll be taken to the dashboard. You can click the Upload button in the upper left corner to backup files to Amazon Cloud Drive. Cloud Drive comes with three different folders for documents, pictures, and videos. To stay organized, open one of those folders first so that you can easily locate your file after you upload it.

Amazon Cloud Drive Upload

Way 2. Backup PC to Amazon Cloud Drive via desktop app

Besides the web version, Amazon Cloud Drive has a newly launched desktop app for Windows and Mac users to manage the upload and synchronization of data. While through an app the owners of a Fire, Android, or iOS device can access the contents stored in the Cloud or upload your own files. Once you download the Cloud Drive desktop app from the Amazon website, you'll need to enter your username and password in order to start uploading files from your computer.

1. Download the Amazon Photos application from the download page, it will automatically download the correct version for your operating system. Install it on your computer

2. log in to your Amazon account. After installing the app, a log-in window appears. Enter your email address or phone number, and password for your Amazon account to sign in.

3. Open Amazon Photos interface, click Settings icon at the top right corner to go to Preferences.

Amazon Photos

4. Select Sync tab, and choose Enable Sync.

Enable Sync

5. And then the Amazon Photos will restart and your desktop will get Amazon Drive shortcut for you to sync. Amazon Photos will inform you to choose Amazon Drive Folder to save the sync files, and select Local Sync Folder, press Start sync button.

Start Sync

6. Choose Sync tab on the main window of Amazon Photos, and drag and drop your files to Amazon Photos, specify the location, and click Select, it will start sync now.

Note: Keep your storage limits in mind when selecting folders. Amazon Prime members get 5GB of file storage and unlimited picture storage. This option costs $11.99 USD per year for non-Prime members and has a three-month free trial.

Way 3. Backup PC to Amazon Cloud Drive via third-party tool

Besides the website and sync apps, you can also backup computer to Amazon Cloud Drive with a third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard.

1. Download and install Amazon Photos application on your computer and keep its location in mind because you’ll need it later.

2. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Go Backup > File Sync.

AOMEI Backupper File Sync

3. Click the folder icon at the end of the box to browse and choose Amazon Cloud Drive folder as the backup destination. Then, click Start Sync.

Start Sync

Note: If you want to backup Windows to Amazon S3, please turn to Cloud manager MultCloud to achieve that.

Conclusion

According to the contents above, you can find that Amazon provides users with easy ways to backup files to Amazon Cloud Drive. If you have already bought something from Amazon and created an account on Amazon, it may be very convenient for you to use Amazon Cloud Drive. If you are not, you also have other choices like Google Drive, Dropbox, and so on.

Actually, it can get tricky choosing from so many free cloud storage services, but you don't have to use just one. There is a free tool called CBackupper that can help you use multiple cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. at once in one interface.