In today’s digital world you generate bytes and bytes of data every second. It can be in the form of Document files, Videos, Music, Apps or Executable files. Data is precious as recovering lost data or corrupted data could mean a lot and at times it cannot be recovered. This situation can be better if you follow the good practice to take backup your windows computer regularly. This action of yours will be the only thing which will save you from losing your valuable data. So if you have not been used to taking backup of your data, start doing it right away from this moment.
You can take backup manually or take help of several backup tools which makes it easier to take backups with a simple click of the button on your mouse. You can follow either of the two methods which ever makes you feel at home and backup your data correctly.
In this article, we will explain to you how to backup your computer onto the cloud using three of the best cloud storage services available.
When you prepare to take backup your windows computer you need not worry about the windows system files. Windows comes with in-built features like System Restore and Factory Reset. These features can help you restore your operating system quickly as a portion of your local hard drive is dedicated to backing up system files and recovering your system from errors.
So when you prepare to take backup of your windows data onto the cloud storage you need to copy or select all your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, photos and images, music, and videos. In short, it will include all personal files created or copied by you and wish to keep.
We would advise you to avoid taking backup of Apps and Executable files to common programs which can be easily downloaded online. It would be advisable for you to take backup of configuration files of important apps. You can simply configure the apps using the configuration file later and the apps would be good to go.
It would be somewhat tricky when it comes to copying the configuration files of various apps as the location of the directory containing the configuration can differ from app to app. In some cases the configuration file of the app is saved in apps installed folder, others keep it in the user’s home folder and some others may have it stored it in your system’s AppData folder. You need to know the location of the configuration files for each of the app you wish to take backup regularly.
Backup Your Windows Computer Using Google Drive
When using Google Drive to backup your window computer you will need to download the Backup and Sync application which was released in July 2017. This application will allow you to easily choose and select folders on your system you need to back up to the Google Drive. By default, only the Google Drive folder is synced. This sync feature incorporated in Google Drive makes it one of the best option for cloud data backups.
You can simply opt for a free plan which gives you 15GB of space and is the more than you can find amongst most of the cloud storage providers. In case you run out of space and wish to go for a more space you can choose to go for 100GB for $2 per month,1 TB for $10 per month, or 10 TB for $100 per month.
Steps to backup your windows computer files using Google Drive:
- Download and Install the Backup and Sync utility.
- Run Backup and Sync and choose the folders you want to back up. Select as many folders you want using Choose Folder.
- Select the folders you want to keep in sync on your computer. By default, only the Google Drive folder is synced.
- As long as you keep the utility running, the selected folders will stay backed up.
Backup Your Windows Computer Using OneDrive
Microsoft offers OneDrive Cloud Storage which creates a special folder named “OneDrive” and only syncs the contents of this folder to its cloud servers. OneDrive comes with its own drawback where if you want to back up anything outside of this folder, you have to copy it in by manually each time and it’s time-consuming.
OneDrive offers 5GB free space which is less than Google Drive, to all its users. You can register for paid services in case you require more space. The plans offered are 50GB for $2 per month and a higher plan for $7 per month comes with 1TB space and Office 365 personal plan.
Steps to backup your windows computer files using OneDrive:
- Download and Install the OneDrive from Windows Store
- Register for Microsoft Account if you don’t have one and log in to it.
- Select the path %UserProfile%/OneDrive for the special folder named “OneDrive”. Add all the desired files or folders to this folder and it will automatically start syncing.
- You can access your files by launching the OneDrive app or use the OneDrive site to access files anytime.
Backup Your Windows Computer Using Dropbox
Dropbox is yet another option to backup your windows computer to cloud storage. Dropbox like OneDrive has a special folder named “Dropbox” where all files and folder are synced to Dropbox’s servers. In case you wish to backup your files you need to manually place them to this special folder manually every time.
Dropbox comes with a free basic plan which offers 2GB space and you can choose a paid plan which offers 1TB space for $9.99 per month.
Steps to backup your windows computer files using Dropbox:
- Download and Install Dropbox.
- Create and sign in with your Dropbox account.
- Select the path %UserProfile%/Dropbox for the special folder named “Dropbox”. Add all the desired files or folders to this folder and it will automatically start syncing.
- You can access your files by launching the Dropbox site to access files anytime.
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