We’ve touched on backing up to a USB stick or external hard drive. But what if you lost the drive, had it stolen or worse… there was a flood or fire? Certainly, we hope none of that will happen, but one should be prepared.
Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive — they are work similarly. Basically, they make a live carbon copy of data you store in a specific folder and store it on their servers where it can always be retrieved with or without access to your computer.
At Tech-Tree, we recommend and support Microsoft’s OneDrive. Here’s how to get started:
Install and set up
- If you don’t have Windows 10 or Office 2016, install the Windows version of the new OneDrive sync client.
- Start OneDrive Setup.
If you have no accounts signed in to OneDrive
If you don’t currently have an account signed in to OneDrive, use these instructions to start OneDrive.
- Select the Start button, search for “OneDrive”, and then open it:
- In Windows 10, select the OneDrive desktop app.
- In Windows 7, under Programs, select Microsoft OneDrive.
- In Windows 8.1, search for OneDrive for Business, and then select the OneDrive for Business app.
- When OneDrive Setup starts, enter your personal account, or your work or school account, and then select Sign in.
Key points in OneDrive Setup
There are two screens in OneDrive Setup that are helpful to watch for:
- 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 – this is the best time to make this change.
- On the Sync files from your OneDrive screen, choose the folders you want to sync, and select Next. This helps control the amount of space OneDrive files take on your computer and conserves bandwidth during sync processes. You can change this later in Settings, but this is a good opportunity as well.
Now your folders will sync up to OneDrive’s servers as a form of backup. If you require further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Tech-Tree.