Can I Sync External Drive to OneDrive?

OneDrive Sync External Drive
OneDrive Sync External Drive

Microsoft OneDrive, as one of the most popular cloud storage services that offer 5 GB of free online storage and file-sharing services for you, can be seen as an ideal tool for you to store your hard drive data online.

By learning how to sync your external hard drive with OneDrive, you may benefit a lot from the following aspects.

  • Easily access external drive data from any device that can connect to the Internet.
  • Save the storage of your external hard drive and make full use of the online storage at a cheap price.
  • Put double security on your external drive data by syncing the data online.
  • Achieve OneDrive secure file sharing with your external drive files.

If you are keen on these great advantages, you can follow the clear instructions of 3 traditional ways and 1 convenient way for you to easily sync an external hard drive to OneDrive.

How to Sync External Hard Drive to OneDrive in 3 Normal Ways

These easy ways are free for you to try especially if you don’t need to sync your external drive with OneDrive frequently. You can use the OneDrive official website, the OneDrive desktop application, or a web-based professional multiple cloud storage manager called MultCloud to move files from your external hard drive to OneDrive as manual synchronization.

But no matter which method you prefer, you will need to link your external hard drive to your computer before operating the external hard drive to OneDrive synchronization.

Method 1. Sync External Drive to OneDrive Web

Step 1. Log in to the OneDrive web with your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business account.
Step 2. Click “Upload” and choose “Files” or “Folder” in the dropdown menu.
Step 3. Navigate to your external hard drive in the pop-up window and select files or folders that you want to sync to OneDrive.
Step 4. Click “Open” in the pop-up window and your data will be synced from the external hard drive to OneDrive based on your network speed.

Sync Hard Drive to OneDrive Web
Sync Hard Drive to OneDrive Web

Method 2. Sync External Drive with OneDrive Desktop App

Step 1. Download and install the OneDrive desktop app on your computer.

Tip: For Windows 11/10 users, the OneDrive desktop app has been pre-installed on your computer.

Step 2. Sign in to the OneDrive desktop app with your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business account and then the app will create a OneDrive folder on your computer.
Step 3. Open the external hard drive and the OneDrive folders in the File Explorer or Finder.
Step 4. Copy and paste files and folders that you want to sync from your external hard drive to OneDrive.

Copy and Paste Files to OneDrive
Copy and Paste Files to OneDrive

Method 3. Sync External Hard Drive with OneDrive by MultCloud

If you find that the speed of syncing through the OneDrive website is too slow or you don’t want to install anything else on your computer that may take up your local storage, you can try to sync through a free third-party cloud file manager called MultCloud. It’s a free and secure service that allows you to manage and use 30+ major clouds conveniently in one easy-to-use interface.

Step 1. Create a MultCloud account and log in to the official website.

Sign Up MultCloud
Sign Up MultCloud

Step 2. Click “Add Cloud” and choose the OneDrive icon to add your OneDrive account to MultCloud.

Add OneDrive to MultCloud
Add OneDrive to MultCloud

Tip: You can add all your clouds to use in MultCloud for free and the OAuth authorization system will protect the username and password of your clouds from being kept by MultCloud.

Step 3. On the “OneDrive” page of MultCloud, click “Upload File” and navigate to the external hard drive in the pop-up window.
Step 4. Click “Open” and your files will be uploaded and synced to your OneDrive from the external drive immediately.

OneDrive Sync External Drive by MultCloud
OneDrive Sync External Drive by MultCloud

How to Sync External Hard Drive to OneDrive in an Easier Way

Except for using those manual methods described above, here’s another easy way that can help you achieve automatic external drive and OneDrive synchronization. All you need is to install a professional file sync and free online backup software named AOMEI Backupper Standard/Professional. 

This excellent software can backup or sync your files between local folders or between local and cloud in one-way or automatic mode according to your specific needs.

How to Sync External Hard Drive with OneDrive by AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Download and install the AOMEI Backupper Standard on your computer.

Tip: Please make sure that the OneDrive desktop app is also installed and signed in.

Step 2. Open the software and move to the “Sync” page.
Step 3. Choose the “Basic Sync” function as your sync mode.

Click Basic Sync in AOMEI Backupper Standard
Click Basic Sync in AOMEI Backupper Standard

Step 4. Click “Add Folder” and select your external drive or a folder in it as the source.
Step 5. Click the triangle icon and choose “Select a cloud drive” in the dropdown menu.

Click Select a Cloud Drive in the Dropdown Menu
Click Select a Cloud Drive in the Dropdown Menu

Step 6. Choose your OneDrive as the destination and click “OK” in the pop-up window.

Choose OneDrive as the Destination
Choose OneDrive as the Destination

Step 7. Click “Start Sync” so that AOMEI Backuper Standard will sync hard drive to OneDrive at once.

Tip: Before the task begins, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and click “Schedule” below to set up an automatic external drive to OneDrive sync by choosing “USB plug in”.

Choose Your Schedule Plan
Choose Your Schedule Plan

In the End

Now you can feel free to choose one of the 4 easy methods described above to quickly figure out how to sync external hard drive to OneDrive with step-by-step instructions.

What’s more, if you want to sync OneDrive with Dropbox and other clouds instead of your external hard drive, the MultCloud service illustrated in the third method can give you the best and most efficient cloud-to-cloud sync experience by using its Cloud Sync function. This function allows you to sync data between clouds seamlessly with a single click and 10 multifunctional sync modes.

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