Backup My Documents, Desktop, and Pictures Folders to OneDrive for Business

Requirement: Backup My Documents, Desktop, and My Pictures folders from your local PC to OneDrive for Business site.

How to Backup Local Folders Like My Documents, Desktop to OneDrive?

Did you know that you can back up your documents, desktop, and picture folders to OneDrive? It’s a great way to ensure that your data is safe in case of an accident or hard drive failure. Plus, if you ever lose your computer or get stolen, you’ll still have access to all your files. Assuming you have a OneDrive account as part of Microsoft 365 account and the OneDrive client installed on your local PC and its running (If not, start it from %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe), Here are the steps to backup the important folders My Documents, Desktop and Pictures folder to OneDrive.

  • Open the OneDrive client from the system tray (bottom-right area of the taskbar) >> Click on “Settings” >> On the “Backup” tab, click on “Manage backup”.backup local folder to OneDrive
  • In the “Manage folder Backup” page, select the folders that you want to back up and then click on “Start backup”.backup desktop My Documents and Pictures
  • As soon as you click on “Start backup” OneDrive starts the backup process on selected folders to the cloud.OneDrive is starting to back up your files

Once Synched, you can view files in synched folders on any device even if the source PC is lost. If you want to remove these folders from the backup, follow steps 1 and 2 above and click on the “Stop Backup” link on each folder to stop backing up the particular folder.

Onedrive for business stop folder backup

Here is the Microsoft reference: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/back-up-your-documents-pictures-and-desktop-folders-with-onedrive-d61a7930-a6fb-4b95-b28a-6552e77c3057

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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