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Back Up and Restore of Microsoft OneDrive Data

  • This article is for Windows only

Carbonite Safe Server Backup can be used to back up and restore data that is synchronized with Microsoft OneDrive. Both business and personal OneDrive accounts can be protected. This allows recovery of the data if it is deleted or if the OneDrive service is unavailable.

The Microsoft OneDrive application must be installed and the data must be present and available on the local disk. Once the data is available on the local disk, select the Microsoft OneDrive folder for backup within any File System backup set.

If a restore is necessary, use CSSB to restore the files or folders from Microsoft OneDrive. If the data is restored directly to the Microsoft OneDrive folder, it will be uploaded and synced automatically to the Microsoft OneDrive service once restore is finished.

Please follow the steps below to backup and restore Microsoft OneDrive data:

  • Data from other applications that synchronize local data with the cloud can be protected in the same manner. This includes Dropbox, Google Drive, and more.

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How to Back up Microsoft OneDrive Data

Before proceeding with the CSSB backup, the Microsoft OneDrive software must be installed and operational on the system. One Drive may come pre-installed on some systems. If manual installation is necessary, please download and install using the following links:

Download the OneDrive standard client:

Download the OneDrive Business client:

  • Only files marked Available offline will be backed up. Online-only files, such as the one highlighted below, will not be backed up.

The Microsoft OneDrive data is available on both the web and the local disk after installation and synchronization is complete.

To back up Microsoft OneDrive data, follow these steps.

  1. Include the Microsoft OneDrive folder in any File System backup set. A new backup set was created for this example, but existing backup sets can be used.
Select OneDrive folder
  1. Finish the configuration of your backup set and click Save & Continue.
Save Backup Set
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  1. A screen will appear advising you to schedule your first full backup run. After setting the date and time, click Okay to proceed.
Schedule First Backup Run
  1. Your newly configured backup set will be displayed in the Dashboard.
  1. The data will be backed up according to your schedules. You may launch a backup manually by navigating to the Backup Details page and clicking the Backup Now link.
Backup up Now
  1. You will be able to select the backup location for your first full backup. Make your selection to proceed with the backup.
Backup up Now Window
  1. Once the backup completes, you will receive notification in the Details column of the Dashboard.
Backup up Complete
How to Restore Microsoft OneDrive Data

Once the files and folders stored on Microsoft OneDrive are protected with CSSB, they can be safely restored, if necessary - even if a folder and some files are deleted or if Microsoft OneDrive itself is unavailable.

In this example, the following items were deleted and are gone from the disk and Microsoft OneDrive.

  • The Personal folder
  • The CSBDash.xlsx file

These files can be recovered by navigating to the Restore page. Select the Microsoft OneDrive backup set you would like to restore.

By default, the All items in this backup set option will be chosen and everything in the backup set will be restored. You can can restore specific items instead by using the Select items in this backup set option, which will allow you to browse or search for files/folders to restore.

Restore to the Original Location if you want the restored items to be automatically synced back to your OneDrive after the restore is complete.

The Name Conflict Settings controls what will happen if a file queued for restore already exists on disk. In this example, the Keep existing file / Keep Original option is chosen so that only the deleted items will be restored, even if other items are selected. This ensures that the files that still exist on disk will not be overwritten with old versions from the backup.

Click Continue to confirm your restore settings and then click Start My Restore.

Confirm Restore

You will receive notificaton in the Dashboard that the restore was completed. Files that already existed in the original location were not restored because the Keep existing file Name Conflict Settings was chosen. Additional information about the restore will be listed within the Notifications panel.

Restore Complete
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The restored files are automatically synced back to Microsoft OneDrive once the restore is complete.