4 Ways To Back Up Your Windows Computer to the Cloud

By | December 7, 2021

Cloud storage is an easy way to back up your PC. Here are some ways to easily back up your data!

If you didn’t back up your computer data, you should start now. Stories of data loss are common; going without a backup is not worth the risk. Don’t wait until you’ve lost your entire thesis or irreplaceable family photo, start backing up today.

There are many ways to back up your computer, which usually include local (offline) and cloud (online) backups. Today, we’ll show you how to back up your Windows computer to the cloud using three popular cloud storage services, as well as dedicated cloud backup tools.

Step One: Which Files Should You Back Up

When talking about backing up the computer, this does not mean the whole system. Making copies of every file, folder, application, and other data means cloning your hard drive, which is an unnecessarily more complicated process for most people.

You only need to backup your personal data files. The main file types include documents, spreadsheets, presentations, photos and pictures, music, and videos. In other words, you should back up any files you personally created or acquired and want to keep.

You don’t have to back up apps. Apps can take several gigabytes and are easy to reinstall, so you’re better off backing up the configuration files that make the app unique to you. If you need to reinstall the app, simply replace the configuration file after downloading the latest copy from the website, and you should do that in most cases.

The tricky part is that not all applications store configuration files in the same place. Some are stored directly in the app’s installed folder, others are stored in your user folder, and others are stored in your system’s AppData folder. It’s up to you to learn which files to back up for each application you normally use.

How to Back Up Your Computer To Google Drive

The Google Drive desktop app is now called Backup and Sync. While it still lets you access your Google Drive files, you can also use it as a backup tool. It lets you back up files to the cloud even if they aren’t in your Google Drive folder.

Since Google Drive gives you 15GB for free (spread across your Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos accounts), it’s an interesting option for basic backups. If you need more space, subscribe to Google One for 100GB of space for $2 per month, 200GB for $3 per month, or 2TB for $10 per month.

Here’s how to back up your files using Google Drive:

  • Install utility Backup and Sync, then launch it and sign in to your Google account. If you didn’t set up a backup during the initial setup, click the icon Backup and Sync in your System Tray, followed by Menu > Preferences three dots.
  • On tab My Computer, select which folder you want to back up. It shows general locations, but you can add as many as you want using the informasi Choose Folder. You can also click text My Computer to give it a more descriptive name.
  • Click button Change to decide if you want to back up all files, or just photos/videos. Under Advanced settings, you can also choose to ignore files with a specific extension.
  • If you also want to back up your removable device, click on the text USB Devices & SD Cards to select which devices to back up.
  • As long as Backup and Sync is on, it will back up your selected folders. You must activate Open Backup and Sync on system startup on tab Settings so it runs every time you boot Windows.
To access your future backups, go to Google Drive website and log in if necessary. From the left sidebar, select Computers > My Computer to access everything you’ve backed up.

How to Back Up Your Computer to OneDrive

Like Google Drive, OneDrive offers basic backup features in addition to the usual cloud storage functionality. This means that anything you put in your OneDrive folder is synced to all your devices, but you can also protect files in other locations.

OneDrive has the advantage of being built into Windows 10, but unfortunately offers a lot less storage. You get 5GB free and can pay $2/month for 100GB of space. Plus, you’ll need a Microsoft 365 subscription to get 1TB of OneDrive storage.

Here’s how to back up your files using OneDrive:

  • On Windows 10, OneDrive should already be installed. You can check it through the icon in your System Tray or by looking for it in the Start menu.
  • If you don’t have it, download and install OneDrive, then sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Click icon OneDrive in your System Tray, followed by Help & Settings > Settings to open its options panel.
  • Switch to tab Backup and click Manage backups. This will open a new window where you can choose to back up the folder Desktop, Documents, and/or Pictures. Unlike Google Drive, you can’t choose another folder to back up.
  • Click Start Backup to run the backup now. Once this is done, OneDrive will continue to back up files in the folder of your choice.
  • Also in tab Backup, check the box below Photos and videos if you want to back up pictures and videos from a removable device. Check the box below Screenshots to back up screenshots too.
  • Finally, make sure you activate Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows on tab Settings so you don’t have to open it manually to run the backup.

You’ll find a backed up file in your OneDrive account with the same name (like Desktop).

How to Backup Computer to Dropbox

Like the other two options, Dropbox now offers computer backups in addition to standard cloud storage. However, Dropbox is the most limited service, with its free plan offering only a meager 2GB of storage. The next step is the $12/month Plus plan for 2TB, which is a pretty big difference.

Therefore, we recommend that you avoid Dropbox for cloud backups. The tools above offer more basic storage and more flexible pricing options if you just need a little storage upgrade.

If you decide to use Dropbox to back up your computer to the cloud, here’s how:

  • If you haven’t installed the app, download and install Dropbox, then sign in.
  • Click icon Dropbox in your System Tray, then select your profile picture and select Preferences from the resulting menu to open the Dropbox options.
  • Select tab Backups, followed by button set up.
  • You will see a new window where you can choose to back up the folder Desktop, Documents, and Downloads. Select the ones you want to back up, then press set up again.
  • Dropbox will ask you to start a free trial of Dropbox Plus; Press continue with Basic followed by Yes, keep rejecting this. Keep in mind that if you run out of Dropbox space, the backup will stop.
  • Dropbox will start backing up your folders and keep you posted on your progress. However, this will not work if you have backed up the same folder to another cloud storage provider.
  • On tab General, check the box Start Dropbox on system startup to run it all the time.

Once backed up, you’ll see these files in your Dropbox below My PC [Nama Komputer].

Backup To Cloud With Full Cloud Backup Service

Above, we’ve looked at the backup options for the three major cloud storage providers. While this is useful, and free if you don’t have a lot of data to back up, heavy backup users should look for a dedicated tool for cloud backups. This lets you back up more data at a lower cost, so you don’t have to worry about how much space you’re taking up.

For most people, we recommend Backblaze. It costs $6/month or $60/year for unlimited backups on one computer, including removable drives. It backs up the most important folders for you, so you don’t have to worry about retrieving them manually if you’re not comfortable doing so. If Backblaze doesn’t work for you, have a look Another great online backup service.

Backing Up Windows Data to Cloud Easier

Now you have some easy options for backing up your PC to the cloud. And while backing up to the cloud is convenient, it has its downsides.

If the storage service closes its doors, you will lose your data or have to migrate it elsewhere. Without an internet connection, you cannot back up new data or restore existing data. You are also limited by the speed of your internet connection, plus services can change limits and prices whenever they want.

Fortunately, you have more options for backing up your computer. Combining a local backup with one of these cloud backup options is a great plan.