By Nicky / Last Updated September 11, 2020

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Why backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox?

The My Cloud is a line of personal Network-Attached Storage devices and multi-purpose servers designed and marketed by Western Digital Corporation. Many users, especially organizations, are willing to buy it and backup files to WD My Cloud. But sometimes, users may want to backup WD My Cloud to public cloud storage like Dropbox for the following reasons:

Data stored in My cloud are also vulnerable to virus attacks, and hardware crashes may also happen on your physical devices. So, backing up WD My Cloud to Dropbox can double secure your crucial photos, videos and files.

As we all know, My Cloud is basically a speedy hard drive with an Ethernet connection. But data on Dropbox can be accessed shared from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection, not just within the LAN.

If you are considering to back up WD My Cloud to Dropbox but don’t know how to do it with ease, please read on. In the following contents, you will find 3 ways to backup Western Digital My Cloud to Dropbox with ease.

How to backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox?

As we all know, WD My Cloud has its own upload app including MyCloud.com web app and My Cloud Home mobile app. But both of the apps only support backup Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Adobe Creative Cloud to My Cloud, but not the way in reverse. So, you should find other ways to backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox.

Actually, since WD My Cloud is personal Network-Attached Storage device, you can map it to a network drive on your computer. Then, your computer will recognize it as a local hard drive and you can backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox as easy as backing the local hard drive to dropbox.

Note: If you don’t know how to map a network drive on your computer, check the steps below:

1. Open Windows Explorer or This PC from the Windows Start Menu. Click "Map network drive" in the Tools menu.

2. When a new "Map Network Drive" window opens, choose an available drive letter from the dropdown list and select a folder that you want to have mapped as a drive, then click on OK.

3. Tick "Reconnect at sign-in" if you want this network drive to be mapped permanently. Otherwise, this drive won't be mapped once the user logs out of this computer. Then click "Finish".

Map Network Drive

Way 1. Backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox via Dropbox website

Dropbox website allows you to select and upload files or folders manually, you can map your My Cloud to a network drive on your computer first and then backup WD My Cloud files just like backing up the local files.

1. Go to the Dropbox website and sign in to your account. If you don’t have a dropbox account, please register an account first.

Dropbox Login

2. In the Dropbox main page, click the “Upload Files” or “Upload Folder” option to select files or folder on that mapped network drive and click “Open” to upload manually.

Upload Files to Dropbox

Note: In this way, file size up to 20GB.

Way 2. Backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox via Dropbox folder

As mentioned above, when you map a network drive on the computer, it will be recognized as a local hard drive and you can access all the files or folders in it easily. And as you know, if you download the Dropbox desktop app on your PC, Dropbox will create a folder on your PC by default. You can drag and drop files or folder to this Dropbox folder to let Dropbox sync them to the cloud automatically.

1. Download Dropbox desktop app on your computer and follow the instructions in the install it.

2. Open Windows Explorer and type %HOMEPATH%/Dropbox into the address bar to find Dropbox folder.

Dropbox in File Explorer

3. Open the network drive that you mapped before and Dropbox folder to copy and paste files between the two folders.

Way 3. Backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox via AOMEI Backupper Standard

Some free third-party backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox easily. With the File Backup and File Sync features of AOMEI Backupper Standard, you are able to backup files between WD My Cloud and Dropbox freely. Here are the steps:

Note: Download Dropbox app on your computer so that AOMEI Backupper Standard can recognize it as the backup destination.

1. Download AOMEI Backupper and follow the wizard to finish the installation. It will be installed in a short time.

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

File Sync

3. Click “Add Folder”. In the pop-up window, click “Share/NAS” > “Add Network Location” to Type the NAS path of My Cloud and click “OK”. After My Cloud has been added, all the folders under it will be listed. Choose one folder to be synchronized and click “OK”.

Add Folder

4. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second column and choose “Select a cloud drive” and select Dropbox.

Choose Destination

5. Confirm the source folder and the destination path. Click “Start Sync”.

Bonus tip: How to get more Dropbox storage space for free?

Dropbox offers only 2 GB storage space for free, which may be not enough for storing My Cloud data. If you want more free storage space, in addition to upgrading accounts, there is a way to get more Dropbox storage space for free - using CBackupper to combine backup space of multiple Dropbox accounts.

CBackupper is a free tool that can help you combine backup space of multiple accounts, owing to the same or different cloud storage, into unlimited cloud backup space. It supports many mainstream cloud storage including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive as well as FTP/SFTP. Let’s see how to get more Dropbox storage space with CBackupper:

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. Click “Add Clouds” under “Clouds” tab, select Dropbox and click “Add”. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper to access and manage your files on the cloud.

Add Dropbox

3. After adding, all your Dropbox accounts are listed here. With only one login, you can combine all your Dropbox accounts freely. You can click the "Allocate Space" button to adjust the backup space of each account.

Cloud List

Final words

By following the detailed steps of above three ways, you can backup WD My Cloud to Dropbox easily. If you need more Dropbox storage space, don’t rush to upgrade your account, you can try CBackupper to combine and get more free backup space in a free way.