By Nicky / Last Updated September 2, 2020


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OneDrive vs Dropbox

OneDrive, also known as SkyDrive, is Microsoft's cloud storage solution, and the platform is well integrated with the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office applications. It offers 5 GB storage space for free and allows documents, spreadsheets, and other Office projects stored on the cloud to be shared and edited simultaneously.

Dropbox is an easy to use cloud storage option with 2 GB free storage space. This service offers you a lot of features including storage, syncing, and reviewing all of your files from any device you wish. The storage platform offers a variety of desktop and mobile applications for easy integration with your computer and smartphone, as well as robust file syncing and sharing capabilities.

Can I replace Dropbox with OneDrive?

“Hi all, we're looking at the viability of replacing our Dropbox with a cheaper alternative. Given that we have Office365 subscriptions anyway, I was considering replace Dropbox with OneDrive. Do you know what is the easiest way to achieve it?”

Why replace Dropbox with OneDrive?

Actually, when it comes to plans and features, both of these services have free plans and advanced features. However, the free space provided by OneDrive is more than Dropbox. As for advanced plans, OneDrive provides a cheaper and more reasonable storage plan than Dropbox. In addition, since is well integrated with the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office applications, using OneDrive in Windows system is more convenient than using Dropbox for Microsoft users, especially Office365 users.

In fact, users may replace Dropbox with OneDrive for different reasons. However, no matter what reason you replace Dropbox with OneDrive for, you must need an easiest way to achieve it. If you are seeking a way to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive, please find answer in the following contents.

How do I convert Dropbox to OneDrive?

After a long-term use, there must be many important files in Dropbox. So, when users have to switch to OneDrive, they must want to transfer files from OneDrive to Dropbox. In other words, the process of replacement also a process of moving data.

Therefore, if you want to find the easiest way to replace Dropbox with OneDrive, you should find the easiest way to migrate data from Dropbox to OneDrive. There are 3 ways to help you replace Dropbox with OneDrive safely and quickly, you can choose a way to follow.

Way 1. Move data by downloading and re-uploading

Both Dropbox and OneDrive offers web app to help you upload and download files easily. You can move data between the two cloud storage by downloading files from Dropbox to computer and re-upload these files to OneDrive manually. But it is worth noting that this method is only suitable for small data migration.

1. Go to the website of Dropbox and sign in your account.

2. Create a new folder, select all files under your Dropbox account and move them to the new folder.

3. Select the folder you need and click “Download”.

Download from Dropbox

4. Go to the website of OneDrive and log in to your OneDrive account.

5. Click on "Files", then, you can choose "Upload " > “Files” or "Folder" to upload from your computer.

Upload Files to OneDrive

Way 2. Move data by Dropbox and OneDrive folder

Besides web app, Dropbox and OneDrive also provides desktop app for file syncing. And after installing their desktop app on computer, both of them will create a special folder on your computer in order to sync files between local and cloud automatically. Therefore, you can install Dropbox and OneDrive desktop app on your computer and move data between the two folder in Windows File Explorer.

1. Download both Dropbox app and OneDrive app and install them on your PC.

2. After installing them on your PC, you will find them through Windows File Explorer.

View Dropbox Through File Explorer

3. You can move files from Dropbox to OneDrive with the “Cut” and “Paste” feature through Windows File Explorer.

Way 3. Move data by third-party cloud backup tool

If you want to move data from Dropbox to OneDrive in a most efficient way, you should rely on a professional cloud backup tool. This kind of tool can help you backup files between cloud storage automatically and directly. If you don’t know how to choose a suitable one, you are recommended to try CBackupper, which is a free cloud backup service.

CBackupper is a free cloud to cloud backup web services, which allows you to add Dropbox and OneDrive account and then move files from Dropbox to OneDrive with file selection option and scheduled backup option. Now, look at the steps below to learn how to convert Dropbox to OneDrive 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 Sign Up

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

Add Dropbox

3. To backup files between cloud storage, click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button.

Create Task

4. Name your backup task, click “Add Source” button to add Dropbox as the backup source, and click “Add Destination” to OneDrive. Then, click "Start Backup” in the lower right corner to perform task.

Add Source and Destination


Replacing Dropbox with OneDrive is not a hard job with the methods above. Of course you can choose the methods above according to your needs. However, to save both your time and effort, you’d better achieve this work with CBackupper. It is free and powerful, why not give it a try?