How to Backup to Microsoft OneDrive

Author: Swapna Naraharisetty, 2BrightSparks Pte. Ltd.

SyncBackPro provides an easy and reliable solution to backup, restore and synchronize files to and from Microsoft OneDrive. In this article, we'll explain the procedure to create a profile to backup to OneDrive. The same steps can be used with other cloud services, e.g. Google Drive, Sharepoint, etc.

Creating a OneDrive backup profile

- Download and install SyncBackPro if you don't already have it

- Run SyncBackPro and click the New button to create a new profile:

The New button at the bottom-left of the main window - setting up backups to OneDrive

- Enter a name for your profile, e.g. Backup to OneDrive, and click Next

- We are going to do a backup, which is the default, so click Next

- Select OneDrive (Personal) as your Destination and click Next:

Select Microsoft OneDrive as the destination in the New Profile window

Authorizing with OneDrive

- In the authorization process, you need to allow SyncBackPro access to your OneDrive account. Click on the Authorize button to initiate the authorization process. SyncBackPro will open a new browser window where you need to enter your OneDive login credentials, copy and paste the authorization code supplied from the site into SyncBackPro’s dialog window to allow authorized access to SyncBackPro.

Click the Authorize button to begin the authorization process with OneDrive

- Once the authorization is successful a confirmation window will appear saying SyncBackPro is authorized with the cloud server. Click on OK button.

Sign in to your Google account

- A dialog box will appear asking if you would like to use the current OneDrive account as your default linked account. Click on Yes button to store the authorization token provided by OneDrive server in a central cloud storage, so that SyncBack can use that authorization code automatically when creating a new OneDrive profile to connect to the same account.

Alternatively, you can click on No button if you do not want to use that account as your default linked account.

Prompt to use as default linked account

- Then click on the Done button to close the New Profile window.

Configuring the Profile settings

- A Profile setup window will appear, where you can configure the Profile’s source path and choose a destination sub-folder (if required) to backup files to OneDrive. You can do this by clicking on the folder button in the Source and OneDrive (Personal) edit box.

Click the folder button next to the Source button

- In this example we will backup files from C:\Users\Mick\Documents\ to the \Backup\ subfolder on OneDrive. You can define the Source and Destination paths as per your requirement.

Click the Choose sub-directories and files button

- Once you have defined the Source and Destination paths, you can configure other settings like Versioning, Compression, Encryption, Integrity Check etc., and click on OK button to save the Profile and return to main window.

Running the profile

- Once the profile setup window is closed, a confirmation window will appear asking you to perform a simulated run (a run that simulates actual run). Click on Yes button to run the profile in simulated mode to view the list of files that will be copied, skipped (or deleted) during the actual run.

Differences Window

- Once the simulated run is completed and it is correct, you can perform an actual run by clicking on the Run button at the bottom of main window. You can also create a schedule task for the profile to run it automatically at the scheduled date/time. Please refer to the Beginner’s guide to SyncBackPro for additional details on how to do this.


Microsoft’s OneDrive is a popular and reliable cloud storage service for both business and personal users to back up their important files, photos, videos and documents to the cloud, and access them from multiple platforms (a Windows PC or a mobile device). SyncBackPro provides an excellent and convenient way to automatically backup data to or from OneDrive. Additionally, it supports versioning, integrity check, compression and encryption on files that are uploaded to OneDrive.

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