Back up with OneDrive

One of the simplest ways to back up your PC is with OneDrive, which is built into Windows. It protects files in these locations:

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To check that your files are being backed up, find the OneDrive icon in the taskbar—near the clock. It looks like a cloud. If you can’t see it, you might need to click the show hidden icons button, which looks like an upwards arrow:

  1. Click the OneDrive icon.
  2. Click More > Settings.
  3. Click the Backup tab.
  4. Click Manage backup.

Each folder’s status is indicated beneath it. If a folder isn’t backed up but you want it to be, click to give it a blue tick, then click Start backup.

Note: Microsoft has an excellent video on setting up OneDrive backups.

You can check OneDrive’s progress at any time by clicking its cloud icon in the taskbar near the clock. When all is well, it should show a green tick and a message like ‘You’re all set’.

Testing it

In the same way that it’s wise to test your smoke alarms, you might want to do a drill now and then to be sure your OneDrive backups really are working. The best way is to check the OneDrive website, which gives you a direct view of your OneDrive storage, as opposed to the local data on your PC:

  1. Visit and sign in with your email address and Microsoft password if prompted.
  2. Check that a document, photo or other file you created recently is present in the appropriate folder.

Any doubts?

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