By Kelsey / Last Updated June 5, 2020

Why should you backup Windows 7 to cloud?

Cloud backup is a service used to back up data and applications on personal and enterprise servers and store them on remote servers. Customers usually use a web browser or service provider's application to back up and restore their data.

For many organizations using Windows 7 today, cloud server backups are essential because they store most or all business-critical data and applications on cloud servers. Enterprises choose PC cloud backup to keep files and data readily available in the event of system failure, interruption, or natural disaster.

Cloud Backup

The advantages of Windows 7 cloud backup are mainly the following three:

Scalable and cost-saving:

With cloud backup, you can rely on the unlimited expansion capabilities of third-party cloud providers without worrying about investment issues. The pay-as-you-go model reduces the hassle of backup purchases and implementation. This approach allows us to predict and manage capacity growth and operating expenses.

Efficient and reliable:

Cloud providers usually provide the most advanced technologies, such as disk-based backup, compression, encryption, deduplication, application-optimized data protection, and so on. In addition to the security required by certification, most providers can also provide 7x24 monitoring, management, and reporting. These capabilities may not be affordable by ordinary companies.

Reduce recovery time:

When recovering from a tape, the administrator needs to find the tape, load it, find the location of the data, and restore the data. Recovering data from the cloud is much faster; it does not require the time to transport the tape from its storage location, disposal, and searching. The data that needs to be recovered is transmitted through the wide-area network (WAN) after it is found, saving time and eliminating the need to build local tape devices.

Continue reading to learn how to perform cloud backup for Windows 7.

How to backup Windows 7 to cloud?

In the following, I will show you how to backup Windows 7 to three mainstream cloud services. You can choose the most suitable according to your needs.

Googledrive Onedrive Dropbox

Backup to OneDrive

Microsoft provides the OneDrive client for Windows, which allow users to access their hosted files from any web browser or mobile device, so you can use it as a cloud backup tool and storage. By default, OneDrive offers 5 GB of free cloud storage space to its new users.

Follow the steps below to learn how to backup to OneDrive on Windows 7 PC.

Step 1. Install and set up OneDrive on your Windows 7 PC. (If you have Microsoft 365 or Office 2016, you already have the OneDrive application. To check if it is installed, click Start and search for OneDrive.)

Search Microsoft Onedrive

Step 2. Start OneDrive, log in to your account and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the OneDrive setup.

Step 3. Right-click the OneDrive white cloud icon in the taskbar, and then click Settings.

right-click OneDrive White Cloud Icon

Step 4. In the "Back up your folders" dialog box, select all the folders that need to be backed up. And select Start backup.

Onedrive Select The File To Be Backed Up

Note: If you want to back up files other than Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders, you have to do it manually every time. (Drag and drop the files to be backed up to OneDrive).

Backup to Dropbox

For some more important files, Dropbox has provided an impromptu backup solution for many users. It will create a special "Dropbox" folder, and only the files in this folder will be synced to the Dropbox server. Like OneDrive, if you want to back up anything outside this folder, you must manually copy it every time.

The basic plan is free and limited to 2 GB-not enough for full data backup. You need to use the Plus plan, which is capped at 1 TB and costs $ 9.99 per month.

Dropbox Plan

Step 1. If you don’t have Dropbox, download and install it first.

Step 2. Create your Dropbox account and log in. Navigate to% UserProfile% / Dropbox of your Dropbox folder. Add any file or folder to add it to your Dropbox cloud. It will start syncing automatically.

Backup to Google Drive

With Google Backup and Sync, Google’s dedicated sync and backup tool, you can select folders on your system to back up to Google Drive (usually only the Google Drive folder will remain synchronized), you can easily save different types of files stored on your computer to Google's cloud.

The free Google Drive account provides 15 GB of generous space. If you need more space? You can get 100 GB of storage ($ 2 per month), 1 TB of storage ($ 10 per month), or 10 TB of storage ($ 100 per month).

Step 1. Download and install the backup and synchronization utility, and then start it.

Step 2. Enter your Google Drive account and password, and click Sign in.

Sign In

Step 3. On the next screen ("My Computer" settings), select the local folder to be backed up to Google Drive. The folder selected here will be saved in a dedicated location on the Google Drive interface (named "My Computer").

Select Folder

Step 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to do the remaining settings. After you have made your selections, click Start.

Sync My Drive

Bonus tip: combine multiple cloud drives for more space

You will find that although these cloud services will provide a certain amount of storage space for free, but this is not enough for us to back up the computer, especially if you choose automatic backup, these spaces will be exhausted in the near future. Although most services will provide subscription plans to help users expand their space, is there any free way to expand the backup space?

I strongly recommend that you register multiple cloud drives accounts and use cBackupper to merge OneDrive accounts or Google Drive/Dropbox accounts to freely combine the available space into a complete large backup space and let you make full use of all free storage space.

How to merge multiple OneDrive for more space? You can follow the specific steps below.

Step 1. Go to the main page of cBackupper and create an account, then sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click the “Clouds” tab, click “Add Clouds” in the lower left corner, select OneDrive/Dopbox/Google Drive and click “OK”. Then sign in your account, authorize cBackupper and allow it to access all of your OneDrive files.

Add One Drive

Step 3. You can modify the display name and allocate space for file backup in the next window. Then, click the checkbox before.

Allocated Space Onedrive

Note: Please do not change the path directly in the third-party cloud disk, or modify or delete the backup file.” and click “OK”.

Step 4.Now, you have completed the whole process of adding OneDrive. To add more clouds, just repeat the above steps.

If you want to back up the files in OneDrive to other cloud storage, you can go to the “Task” tab and click the “Create task” to complete. These steps apply to all cloud drives, regardless of different clouds and different accounts of the same cloud.

Peroration

Top 3 solutions for Windows 7 cloud backup are listed above. You can compare the features and advantages of each service and choose the most suitable backup solution for your computer. If your data volume is too large, you can consider using cBackupper to merge multiple cloud drives to get more space.