By Nicky / Last Updated September 14, 2020


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What is OneDrive data migration?

As one of the mainstream cloud services, OneDrive has massive users. Generally, data migration of OneDrive means to migrate contents in OneDrive cloud to other cloud services or other OneDrive accounts. For example, OneDrive to Google Drive migration. Or, sometimes, it refers to transfer data from other cloud storages to Microsoft OneDrive like Dropbox to OneDrive, Google Drive to OneDrive and so on.

Why need to migrate OneDrive data?

Generally, migrating data on cloud services is a common practice and the main reasons for migrating OneDrive data are as below:

  • The OneDrive is almost full while other cloud is nearly empty, and vice versa.

  • People have purchased office 365 product with 1 TB OneDrive storage. So, they plan to switch to OneDrive.

  • People may have multiple OneDrive accounts and sometimes they need to migrate data among multiple OneDrive accounts.

  • Using multiple cloud drives at the same time, people may want to save a certain kind of data all in OneDrive for better management.

How to perform OneDrive data migration?

Although OneDrive continuously provides users with advanced technical support, there is still no official function that can help users migrate data from OneDrive to other cloud storages directly. Therefore, to move OneDrive data, you have two choices, one is to download and upload data manually, the other one is to use a professional cloud data migration tool.

Traditional way: Downloading and uploading manually

As most of us known, the most common way to transfer data between two cloud services is to download and upload data manually. You can refer to the following steps to move data in the traditional way.

Situation 1. Migrating data between OneDrive and other cloud Drive.

Step 1. Log in your OneDrive account.

Step 2. Select files or folders you want to download.

Step 3. Click "Download" button and wait for the downloading process to complete.

Download from OneDrive

Step 4. Log in another cloud drive and click "Upload" button and select downloaded files from your PC to upload. Here, take Google Drive as example.

Upload Files

Note: The new folder will become a .zip file after it’s downloaded to the local PC. If you want to upload folder to OneDrive directly, you need to extract file first.

Situation 2. Migrating data between two OneDrive accounts.

Step 1. Log in one of your OneDrive account in website.

Step 2. Select files or folders you want to download. Then, click "Download" button.

Download from OneDrive

Step 3. Click the “Start” button in the lower-left corner of the desktop. Then, search “OneDrive” through your PC, click” Open”.

Step 4. Enter your email address and password to sign in.

Step 5. Click “Open My OneDrive Folder” and your files will be listed here.

Step 6. Drag and drop or copy and paste the files/folders you want to add into the OneDrive folder

Multiple OneDrive Accounts Windows

Easiest way: Using cloud data migration tool – CBackupper

Downloading and uploading is indeed a feasible way to move data among clouds, however, it will take a really long time to repeat this operation when there are a large number of data. If you want to migrate data in an effective way, you can turn to a cloud data migration tool like CBackupper.

CBackupper is a free web services for cloud storage services that does not require downloading and installation, you just need to create an account in website and log in to use it. With it, you can add multiple cloud storage services like OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. on just one interface for better management.

What’s more, it allows you to transfer OneDrive data to another OneDrive account or other brand cloud storages easily. In the following contents, we will take OneDrive and Dropbox as an example to show you how to migrate data between two clouds with CBackupper.

Step 1. Create a CBackupper account freely and sign in.

Sign up

Step 2. Add and authorize your OneDrive account under the “Clouds” tab. ( AOMEI CBackupper bases on standard OAuth system that can ensure your account’s security ).

Add Cloud

Step 3. Click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button to create migration task.

Step 4. Name your task, click “Add Source” button to add OneDrive as the source. You can choose to transfer the entire cloud or just some of files or folders on the source cloud here.

Add Source

Step 5. Similarly, click “Add Destination” button to add another OneDrive account or cloud drive as the migration destination.

Step 6. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to perform OneDrive data migration.

Add Destination


  • You can click “Settings” button before starting backup to enjoy “File Filter” features. It can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when transferring.

  • You can enable email notification under “Settings”. Then, once the task succeeds or fails, you will receive an email notification from CBackupper.

  • You can click “Schedule” button to set up an automatic backup in Specific time/Daily/Weekly/Monthly mode. Then, data will be backed up between two cloud drives at a regular interval or simply for a special timing automatically.

Final words

Following any one of the above methods, you are able to migrate OneDrive data. However, for the sake of saving time and energy, I highly recommend you use CBackupper. And besides cloud data migration, it can also help you access multiple cloud accounts without username and password required in just one interface. Then, you can easily view and manage files on different clouds with one single login.