By Nicky / Last Updated September 30, 2020


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Can I backup Windows Server to OneDrive?

“I have two Windows Server 2012 computer. For backup, I use the included Server Backup running daily to generate system images on to a local hard drive. At this point, I have around 400GB of data overall. However, I'm worried that if my office is ever broken into, I'd lose everything - my servers and my data.

So, I plan to use a cloud service to backup my server. My current Office 365 subscription gives me 1TB of OneDrive storage. Can I backup my Windows Server to OneDrive directly? If I can, how to do that? I appropriate any opinion you can provide or experience you can share with me on this!”

Reasons to backup Windows Server to OneDrive

As we all know, cloud storage is regarded as a good backup solution in recent years and more and more people turn to this kind of data backup and storage method. As the cloud service that comes with the Microsoft Windows system, OneDrive is one of the most popular clouds for Windows users. Mainly, there are three reasons to backup Windows Server 2012/2016 to OneDrive:

Higher security: Data in OneDrive is stored remotely, so, it can prevent your data from losing even if there is a local system crash, hardware failures, natural disasters, and so on.

Easier access: Generally, you can access files in cloud service easily on any device as long as there is an Internet connection.

Local storage-saving: When you backup Windows server to the local hard drive, the backup files will slowly grow over time. Then, you may face insufficient storage space issue and your computer will run slower and slower. Backing up files to OneDrive can save much local storage space.

How to backup Windows Server to OneDrive?

In the following part, you will find three methods to backup Windows Server to OneDrive with detailed steps. Please check the three methods and choose one method to follow according to your own situation.

Method 1. Backup Windows Server to OneDrive with desktop app

OneDrive has released a desktop app for users to sync Windows Server 2012 (R2), Windows Server 2016, etc. and OneDrive. After installing this app, OneDrive will create a sync folder on your local computer. This folder will be synced in both directions, meaning if you add any files to this location on your PC, they will be added to your OneDrive cloud account automatically, and vice versa.

Step 1. Download OneDrive desktop application and install it.

Note: The OneDrive desktop sync application is available on Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 (R2), or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Step 2. Open OneDrive program on your computer and sign in your OneDrive account.

Set Up

Step 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, select “Change location”.

Folder Location

Step 4. You’ll now be prompted to select the folders that you want to sync across the local PC and the cloud. Then, press the “Next” button to get to the final set up screen.

Choose Sync Folder

Step 5. With OneDrive set up, you can access your cloud storage folder at any time by clicking the "OneDrive" entry in the left pane of the File Explorer. This folder has a two-way sync feature, so you just need to drag and drop the files into this folder, OneDrive will automatically sync the files.

OneDrive in Windows

Method 2. Backup Windows Server to OneDrive with official website

OneDrive official website is also a way to backup Windows Server to OneDrive. It allows you to upload files manually. To use it, please refer to the steps below:

Step 1. Go to the OneDrive website and log-in to the website.

Step 2. On the main page of OneDrive, click the "Upload" option to select the files you want to upload to OneDrive.

OneDrive Upload

Method 3. Backup Windows Server to OneDrive with a third-party tool

Besides OneDrive official tool, there also are many third-party tools like that can help you backup Windows Server to cloud. There, we will take a free backup tool - AOMEI Backupper Server to show you how to do it.

Step 1. Install and log in to your OneDrive account. Keep its location in mind because you’ll need it later.

Step 2. Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch it. Go Backup > File Sync.

File Sync

Step 3. Then, you can choose the local files/folders you want to backup to OneDrive. Then, click on “Select a cloud drive” to choose OneDrive as destination. After that, click Start Sync to begin.

Choose Destination

How to protect your important files in OneDrive?

For your data security, you’d better backup your data in cloud storage once more. Then, even if you lose your important data in cloud storage, you still have a backup version in hand and can restore it at any time. To backup cloud storage data, you are recommended to use CBackupper.

CBackupper is a professional cloud backup tool that can help you backup files from OneDrive to Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, and so on with flexible backup settings. It is a web-based service, so you can just go to the website to use it. To backup OneDrive files to another cloud storage with CBackupper, please refer to the steps below:

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.


2. Click “Add Clouds” under the “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

Note: Follow the steps above, you can add OneDrive accounts as many as you have. After adding, all your accounts are in one place now, you can easily make full use of their storage space and manage them with CBackupper.

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

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

CBackupper also has a PC client tool that is designed for Windows PC. If you want to do cloud backup for Windows 10/8/7/XP, you can use CBackupper to backup your Windows files to AOMEI Cloud. CBackupper offers a 15-day free trial to each user, you can download it to have a try:

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The feasible three methods to backup Windows Server to OneDrive have been introduced and you can choose one method to follow as you like. Though OneDrive is regarded as a safe place for your data, you’d better back up your OneDrive files to another cloud storage just in case. We recommend that you can back up OneDrive data to another stable cloud drive account with the help of CBackupper.