Can I backup via ‘OneDrive’ with Nero BackItUp?

Are you worried that your important files could get lost or might be unusable on your local PC due to hard disk errors, or hazardous events like storm or fire? 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.

This FAQ deals with the OneDrive online backup feature. For the restore feature, please check Nero KnowHow 00129.

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

  1. Select a backup job type for the backup job

Open Nero BackItUp main screen. 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.



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”.


For the time being, Nero BackItUp supports the two most prominent online storage services: Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive.


Click the button “OneDrive” to select Microsoft OneDrive as the backup target.

  1. Login and accept the related request for permission

In the pop-up dialog, please input your Microsoft OneDrive account login and password.


After having logged in successfully, you will see a request for permission, which you need to approve by clicking on the “Yes” button.


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

a) 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.

b) 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).

c) 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.


  1. Select your backup source for the backup job

Click “Next” and you can 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.


If you want to customize your backup source, click on the “Customize Selection” link below, where you can manually select your backup source(s).10 (1)

  1. Change backup timing option for the backup job

After you have selected the backup source, click “Next” and change the timing option for the backup job.


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. When everything is set, 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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How can I sync Folders and Drives in Nero BackItUp?

Nero BackItUp is a great tool for doing regular backups of all your valuable files.

If you do not want to do a typical local copy (click here to check out Nero KnowHow 00054), a case for you might be synchronizing two folders in two different drives on a regular basis.

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Imagine you want to have the Windows library folders for Photos, Music and Videos in your PC backed up every now and then to a dedicated external storage location, say a hard disk, or a USB stick, which has the same folders. Your typical case is to have these folders always in a ‘fresh’ state on the hard disk or USB stick, i.e. the same way they exist on your PC. Having these attached to your TV set, you can always enjoy your latest media in the living room.

A regular backup should be very meaningful for you, in order to have all your files associated to the three folders available in a synchronized state on the external drive. This way you can just use the second drive as your playback device while the PC remains the general archive for all your sources.

Nero BackItUp has an easy ‘Sync’ function allowing you doing backups between two storage folder locations in two different ways.

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If you select Sync folders 1:1’ Nero BackItup will make sure that each of the two folders on the two drives is always kept synchronous, i.e. identical. This is meaningful when you sometimes add files to this drive, or also the other drive.

In your described case, it makes more sense to use the second option, which is ‘Copy folders left to right`. As you always put all your media to the internal PC folders first, it makes perfect sense to use this scenario and have incremental backups of your three folders ever so often.

Incremental means that after Nero BackItUp did a first backup, going forward, it will only copy the new or modified files compared to the last backup. In fact, this saves a lot of time.

So, select ‘Sync folders 1:1’ and start a new job by clicking on ‘Add Backup’, then browse your PC drive for the music folder under the library, and Nero BackItUp will add the path C:\users\yourname\Music to the left. Do the same for your attached drive. Make sure you have created three empty folders there first (Music, Videos, Photos).  Add one job for each folder. Now, you only need to decide if you want to do this manually each time or if you want to add a scheduled backup. Scheduled backups should be your preferred option. Click ‘Sync now’ and the initial backup will start right away.

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Backup multiple Folder Jobs between two Drives over Time via ‘Local Copy’

When you want to back up a larger amount of dedicated folders between two drives over time, it is easier to make use of ‘local copy’, and select the wanted folders within the customization page of Nero BackItUp. This way you will achieve the backup results via one job, only.

Try it out: it is easy, fast, and gives this great feeling of having all your valuable media files backed up over time in a safe place.

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Is a full version of Nero BackItUp included in Nero Suite Products?

The full version of ‘Nero BackItUp’ is part of Nero Platinum 2018 and will be installed together with the Suite product. Also access it via Nero 2018 Platinum start screen.

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With ‘Nero BackItUp’ you can do regular backups and easily restore your valuable data. Now even access and restore backups created with former versions of ‘Nero BackItUp’.

Also make use of the free mobile App version of ‘Nero BackItUp’ for Android to simply backup your mobile data including phone data and messages – even wirelessly.

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How can I backup my photo, video, and music content with Nero?

With ‘Nero BackItUp‘, you can backup your photos, video and music to HDD, removable disc, optical disc,  and network drives with easy steps.

To create a new backup job, click on the green ‘Back Up Now‘ button.

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Select either ‘Snapshot‘ or ‘Copy‘ as a backup task.

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Select ‘Photos‘, ‘Videos‘, and ‘Music‘ as backup sources. Nero BackItUp will select folders that contains the selected file types as backup sources by default.

If you wish to choose files and folders manually, click on ‘Customize Selection‘.

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Select a backup target, ‘Nero BackItUp‘ supports the following backup targets: Local drive, external drive, optical disc (snapshot backup only), network drive.

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Once a backup job is configured click on ‘Back Up Now‘. ‘Nero BackItUp‘ will run the backup automatically.

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