By Nicky / Last Updated May 22, 2020

Transfer PC files to cloud

In the past, people might be used to storing files on local, extra hard drives, external drives, NAS devices, or other storage devices. But recently, more and more people prefer to transfer PC files to cloud so that they can keep their data safe and free up some local storage.

As we all know, storing data on cloud can prevent them from losing when there is a system crash, hardware failure, or any unexpected thing that occurs on your computer. And after transferring data to cloud, users can delete the original data on local to free up the storage so that the computer can run smoothly.

Mainstream cloud service for PC files

Nowadays, there are many brands of cloud service in the market and most of the cloud services provide users with a certain amount of free storage. Actually, though there are many cloud services flooding the market, Dropbox and OneDrive, along with Google Drive, are the big three of the cloud storage market for cloud backup and none of the other competitors really challenged by any of the new entrants.

Founded in 2007, Dropbox often called the godfather of cloud storage. It lets anyone upload and transfer files to the cloud, and share them with anyone. Back up photos, videos, docs, and other files to cloud storage, and access files synced with any of your computers or mobile devices from anywhere. Sign up now for your free Dropbox Plus trial. You’ll get 2TB storage.

OneDrive is an outstanding online cloud backup service that keeps your photos and files backed up, protected, synced, and accessible on all your devices. This OneDrive app lets you view and share OneDrive files, documents, and photos with friends and family. Plus, you can use the app to automatically back up your phone’s photos and videos. Start with 5 GB of free cloud storage or upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription to get 1 TB of storage.

Google Drive is a safe place for all your files and puts them within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Once there, you can easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders. It offers users 15 GB of free storage, and also offers 100 GB, 200 GB, 2 TB, 10 TB, 20 TB, and 30 TB optional paid plans.

How do I transfer files to the cloud?

Generally, cloud service will offer an official backup or sync program to help users transfer data between local devices and cloud quickly and easily. For example, Google released Backup & Sync client for Google Drive users to backup computer files to cloud, Microsoft provides users with OneDrive client, and Dropbox also has specialized software for Dropbox users. In the following, you will learn how to move data to cloud storage and how to backup files from the cloud to cloud in case of data loss with cBackupper.

Part 1. How to transfer PC files to OneDrive?

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage platform, and it’s fully integrated into Windows 10, making it a great choice for file sharing and cloud backups among your devices. You can move files and folders to and from your OneDrive in a few different ways, but none of them are complicated, and all of them are quick. Here’s how to transfer PC files to OneDrive on Windows 10.

If you have a few files that need to be uploaded, you can go the OneDrive website and sign in to your account, and then click the “Upload” option to upload your files manually.

Upload Files to OneDrive

Alternatively, you can use the OneDrive client to sync files between a local computer and cloud constantly and automatically. If you're using Windows 10, your computer already has the OneDrive app installed. But If you don't have Windows 10 or Office 2016, download and install the Windows version of the new OneDrive sync app. Now, follow the steps to backup PC files to OneDrive in Windows 10.

1. Press the Windows button on your keyboard, then type "OneDrive" and hit Enter to launch the built-in OneDrive program.

2. After clicking "Get Started" on the window that pops up next, you'll be asked to sign in to your Microsoft account. If you don't already have a Microsoft account, create an account at first.

3. On the “This is your OneDrive folder screen”, select “Next” to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files. If you want to change the folder location, click “Change location”.

OneDrive Folder Location

4. Then, You'll be asked to choose the OneDrive files and folders that you would like to sync. Only the ones that you tick will be available offline. Press the “Next” to continue.

Choose Sync Folder

5. With OneDrive set up, you can find the "OneDrive" entry in the left pane of the new Windows 10 File Explorer. When you drag and drop the file into this folder, it will be synced to OneDrive automatically.

Windows Explorer OneDrive

Part 2. How to transfer PC files to Dropbox?

Like OneDrive, Dropbox also provides web version and client program. Similarly, if there are a few files to be uploaded, you can go to the Dropbox website and sign in to your account, and then click the “Upload Files” option to upload your files manually.

Upload Files to Dropbox

Dropbox also has a desktop client for file sync. After installing the client on your computer, Dropbox will create a “Dropbox folder” on your computer, which can be found in File Explorer. You can put files or folders that you want to be synced to Dropbox in the Dropbox folder.

1. Download Dropbox client from its official webpage, install it on your computer and sign in your account to open it.

Dropbox Sign In

2. At the next window, click on the link for "Advanced Settings". Here, you can change the local folder where you want to store and sync your Dropbox files.

3. You can also customize the online Dropbox folders that you wish to sync. To do this, click on the button to Change Settings Under Selective Sync and deselect the folders you don't want to sync. Then click on Apply.

Selective Sync

4. Next, click on the button to Open My Dropbox. At the Welcome To Dropbox window, click on the Get Started button. Keep clicking Next at each screen. At the final Get Started screen, click on Continue.

5. With Dropbox set up, you can find the "Dropbox" entry in the left pane of the Windows File Explorer. When you drag and drop the file into this folder, it will be synced to Dropbox automatically.

View Dropbox Through File Explorer

Part 3. How to transfer PC files to Google Drive?

Just like OneDrive and Dropbox, Google also provides users with two options for uploading files to Google Drive: web version and desktop upload app. To upload via Google Drive website, you can go to the site and log in to your Google Account. Then, click the “Upload files” option to add files to Google Drive.

Upload Files to Googel Drive

To sync files to Google Drive automatically, you can rely on Backup and Sync, which is the desktop sync app for both Google Drive and Google Photos.

1. Download Google Backup and Sync tool and install it on your computer.

2. Sign in your Google Account. Then, you will be given the general introduction of this application.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Get Started

3. Then, you have to specify which folder(s) you would like to sync to Google Drive. Then, your folder(s) will now sync with your Google Drive.

Select Folder

4. The next will setup synchronization form Google Drive to My Computer. Here, you should decide which folder(s) to be synced to the local computer and where on the local area to save the synced items. Finally, click “START” to start Google Backup and Sync service.

Sync My Drive

Bonus Tip: Backup your cloud files to another cloud

Though cloud storage is regarded as a safe place for data, you are also suggested to backup your files to another cloud. If you store your important files on only one cloud storage, chances are that you may lose your data for any unexpected things. To save your effort and local storage space, you are recommended to do cloud to cloud backup with cBackupper.

cBackupper is a professional cloud backup tool that can help you backup files between cloud storage directly with flexible backup settings like Scheduled Backup and File Filter. It supports multiple cloud storage like OneDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive, FTP/SFTP. Now, add your cloud storage accounts on its platform to backup files from cloud to cloud easily and quickly.

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 your clouds, and click “Add”. Then sign in your account and authorize cBackupper to access and manage your files on the cloud.

Add OneDrive

3. Click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button. Name your backup task, click “Add Source” button to add a cloud as backup source, and click “Add Destination” to add another cloud.

Create Task

Note: Under “Settings”, you can enjoy “File Filter” and enable “Email Notification”. You can also set automatic backup under “Schedule”.

4. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to execute the backup task.

OneDrive to Google Drive

Final words

To transfer PC files to cloud, you can follow the simple steps above. And besides OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox, there are many other brands of cloud storage and you can choose one according to your needs. If you are using the cloud storage supported by cBackupper, don’t forget to backup your cloud files to another cloud with cBackupper. It is a free web-based service, so you don’t need to install any app and pay any fee.