This article details how to backup OneDrive content to another storage medium using the built-in Windows backup tool File History. For more details about File History, read this page:
This is valid on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
OneDrive is a great tool for syncing and sharing files via Microsoft accounts, however, it's a syncing tool first and files can be permanently deleted. A good practice is to use File History in conjunction with OneDrive so any changes are automatically backed up to a different location without fear of files being deleted.
Setup OneDrive to Sync all Critical Files Worthy of Backup
Before you can backup anything in OneDrive using File History, configure it so OneDrive syncs everything to your computer:
- (Windows 10 and Windows 7) Choose the files and folders you want to sync to your computer
- (Windows 8.1) Choose the folders and files you want to "Make Available Offline"
Wait for OneDrive to finish syncing all content before continuing to the next step.
Setup a Drive for File History
After you configure OneDrive to sync the content you need, setup a drive to use File History:
Large, slow drives are ideal for File History, whether they're inside of the computer or connected via a USB on the outside. When you setup File History it should automatically backup all Library folders, OneDrive folders, and other common Windows folders. If you don't see your OneDrive folders, manually add them.
Once configured, File History will run on the frequency you chose and will backup your OneDrive files if there are changes; File History uses a more intelligent backup process and will only backup if it detects changes. If a file changes frequently, you'll see many versions, possibly a version every time File History runs, otherwise, you may see the original version if it never changes.
If you lose a file and need to restore it, follow these instructions to restore a file from File History: