Are you worried that your important files could get lost or might be unusable on your local PC due to hard disk errors? Do you want to schedule backups of several folders or files in different locations, or want to restore files from your online storage to the local PC?

From version 2019 Nero BackItUp supports to backup and restore via Microsoft OneDrive online storage. The new online copy feature, will easily backup your local files to Microsoft OneDrive or restore from Microsoft OneDrive.

Backup to Microsoft OneDrive works similar to the existing backup job process.

Selecting a backup job type for the backup job

  1. Open Nero BackItUp main screen.
  2. If you have never created a backup job, click the big green button “Back up Now”.
    If you have already had backup jobs, then click the button “Add backup” at the top-right, and start to create a new backup job.
  3. Select “Online Copy”, in the pop-up menu.
    It will show the online storage account to which you are currently logged in. You can also login to a new account via “Add Online Storage”.
  4. Nero BackItUp supports the two most prominent online storage services: Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive.
  5. Click the button “OneDrive” to select Microsoft OneDrive as the backup target.

Login and accepting the related request for permission

  1. Fill out the pop-up dialoge with your Microsoft OneDrive account login and password.
  2. After having logged in successfully, you will see a request for permission.
    Approve it by clicking the "Yes".

With this approval, you give permission to three cases, shown below in detail.

  • Have full access to all files you have access to
    Nero BackItUp needs to get approval to access your OneDrive account for uploading or downloading files. Nero BackItUp will NOT modify any existing data you uploaded by any other Microsoft OneDrive client. The application will create a new folder named “Nero BackItUp” under the root of OneDrive storage. All backup data will be uploaded to this folder.
  • Access your info any time

    Nero BackItUp needs this permission as an application to support scheduled backups, which are working in the background. This is also needed for uploading big files that take a longer time for uploading. With this permission, the whole backup process in Nero BackItUp will not be interrupted, even in the case a OneDrive access authorization would be out of date while the backup is being carried out (for this case there is no  waiting and no extra account/password input needed).

  • Read your profile

    Nero BackItUp needs to read your profile information. Afterwards, Nero BackItUp will access your Microsoft OneDrive account.

    Once this is done, Nero BackItUp will switch back to the “Backup Task” screen. Your account info, and storage information will be shown in the screen.

Select your backup source for the backup job

  1. Click "Next".
  2. Select your backup source for the backup job.
    Nero BackItUp provides two types of backup source selection: Automatic Selection and Customize Selection.
    In Automatic Selection mode, Nero BackItUp will quickly scan your PC, and auto-select the folders based on the media types, that you can select via the four selection boxes. After the scan is done, Nero BackItUp will calculate the total number of files and folders, and at the same time calculate the total file size. This type of selection mode is easier to use with higher efficiency for beginners, or for users who want to do a full backup. 
  3. If you want to customize your backup source, click on the “Customize Selection” link below, where you can manually select your backup source(s).

You can enter a dedicated name for the backup job and can select between five different types of scheduled backups.


If you want to make sure to always backup the latest files to Microsoft OneDrive, it is better to select “Continuously”:

  1. Make sure, that everything is set.
  2. Click the button "Back Up Now".
    Nero BackItUp will switch back to the Home Screen and the newly created job starts immediately.

Nero BackItUp only supports backing up to or restore from one Microsoft OneDrive account at a time, but in fact you can create multiple backup jobs for one Microsoft OneDrive account. So if you have created several jobs for one OneDrive account, these will be processed sequentially.

If you want to backup to or restore from a different Microsoft OneDrive account, just click on the OneDrive button again. In the pop-up menu click “Log Out”, and the current login account will be disconnected. Then login to another Microsoft OneDrive account and repeat the above procedures.









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