How to Back Up Any Folder With OneDrive (No Matter Where It Is)
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Microsoft OneDrive, the cloud storage and sharing solution built into Windows 10 A Quick Guide to OneDrive in Windows 10 A Quick Guide to OneDrive in Windows 10 Can OneDrive replace Google Drive or Dopbox? It depends. To help you decide, we'll tell you all about OneDrive's best features and how to set it up. Read More , has continued to grow. Now it’s better integrated into the OS and gains features somewhat regularly.

One of the newest is its ability to back up folders outside of OneDrive. This helps solve one of the biggest pain points with cloud storage—that it only syncs data you place inside its specific folder.

Here’s how to back up your most important outside folders with OneDrive.

How to Back Up Any Folder Using OneDrive


  1. Click the OneDrive icon in the System Tray at the bottom-right corner of your screen (you may need to expand this area using the arrow icon). Select More > Settings.
  2. Jump to the Auto Save tab and click the Update folders button to access the new feature. If you don’t see this, check back a bit later to see if Microsoft rolled it out to you yet.
  3. Next, you’ll see the Protection screen. Here, you can choose to back up your Desktop, Pictures, and Documents folders. If you have any items in these folders that cause an issue, you’ll see an alert and won’t be able to proceed until you take care of them. See Microsoft’s help page on this to review types of invalid files. One of the most common is that OneDrive can’t back up PST files.
  4. Review the Space left in OneDrive after selection and make sure you’re happy with how you’re using your space How To Best Use Your 15GB Of Free OneDrive Storage How To Best Use Your 15GB Of Free OneDrive Storage OneDrive gives you a healthy dose of cloud storage for free. Let's take a look at what you can do with that. Read More . Click Start protection and OneDrive will begin syncing those folders.

Once OneDrive uploads the contents of these folders, you can access them from anywhere you sign into OneDrive. This includes the apps on your phone, the web portal, and other PCs. In fact, enabling this one two computers will sync the contents of each folder. If you run into syncing problems with OneDrive and Windows 10 Syncing Problems With OneDrive on Windows 10? Here Are 10 Easy Fixes Syncing Problems With OneDrive on Windows 10? Here Are 10 Easy Fixes Are you facing syncing problems between OneDrive and Windows 10? These easy fixes will just take a few seconds and resolve them. Read More , check out these easy fixes.

Essentially, this lets you sync files to OneDrive even if they’re not in the right folder. It’s convenient, but we still recommend a proper backup solution to really protect your files. Cloud storage sync like this isn’t a perfect backup solution because it will sync mistakes too. Have a look at Macrium Reflect Macrium Reflect: The Free Windows Backup Tool Review Macrium Reflect: The Free Windows Backup Tool Review Backups are critical but good Windows backup tools can be pricey. Macrium Reflect lets you back up your computer for zero cost. Read More , an easy backup tool for anyone.

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  1. Stefanos
    June 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Agree! You suck Ben. Waste of my time and yours.

  2. Andrei
    June 4, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Just an example of first class journalism .
    Of course it is all wrong . What about mapped drives ? What about drives from different OS ? Does that not include "any" ?

  3. Eric Sturgeon
    December 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I thought this would be a solution for backing up a folder that is not on the same drive as my O/S. Disappointing. Misleading title.

  4. 10basetom
    November 11, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Really, _any_ folder?? Totally misleading, clickbaity title.

  5. Wednesday
    August 28, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Let me know when they really do let you backup the Dropbox folder that's not in Documents.

  6. GXP
    August 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Title should read how to backup "more" folders and not any. Article limits to desktop, documents, and pictures folder. That is not "any" no matter it is. Thought you were going into symbolic links to sync non standard folders.

    • AB
      August 28, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Right, the title is misleading!

    • Misleading Article Name
      May 21, 2019 at 4:11 pm