In an earlier article, I showed you how to back up your data using google drive, but what if you didn’t want to use Google Drive. To automatically backup data, we will use a third-party backup freemium – weaseus todo backup. The free version offers the ability to backup directly to OneDrive, Dropbox and the likes but we won’t use that option. This because, if your internet is slow your backups won’t complete or will even get corrupt, trust me that happened to me once. The advantage of using this software is that you can setup incremental or differential backup.
Follow the following steps to backup your data:
- Create a OneDrive account here. You can skip this step if you already have an account.
- Download and install the OneDrive Application here if you are on windows 8 or older. If you are in windows 10 launch the OneDrive app. You can search OneDrive with Cortana to find the application easily on windows 10.
- Sign in to your OneDrive account. After signing in, find the application on your application tray, right click and open OneDrive folder. OneDrive folder is where the synced files between your PC and OneDrive are located.
- Create a new folder here for backups.
- Download and install easeus todo backups here.
- Start the backup application and create a new files backup. Then select the files you want to back up on your PC.
- In the destination section, choose the backup folder we created inside the OneDrive folder (use the folder icon on the right end of the destination text field to choose the OneDrive folder instead of typing the path). The application will back up to the OneDrive folder and the OneDrive application will upload to the cloud. This allows the application to back up the files even when you don’t have an internet connection and the OneDrive app will upload the backups when the internet becomes available.
- Turn on scheduling, so that your backups can be done as frequently as possible. Provide a backup plan name and description, they are useful when you have multiple backup plans.
- Click the proceed button and the application will perform a first an initial backup. The backup will be placed in the OneDrive folder and will be automatically uploaded to OneDrive.
This method will work with Dropbox, Google Drive and the rest cloud storage services to automatically backup your data and its simple enough to be used by everyone. EaseUs ToDo backup offers a service to automatically upload the backups to OneDrive but I would not recommend it. You can also upgrade to paid options for more advanced features like Outlook backup and system transfer.