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  1. Go to Microsoft Online and Sign In
    1. Go to www.office.com


    2. Click Sign In
    3. Enter you full email address (example: doej@uncsa.edu) and your password in the boxes that follow.    

    4. You should now be logged in. A list of Office Apps will be displayed.

  2. Choose OneDrive from the list of available online applications.


  3. Congratulations! You have successfully accessed Microsoft OneDrive Online! Alternatively, you can skip this process by signing into OneDrive directly at https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/signin/


  4. Once signed into your OneDrive online application, you may begin to back up your Data!
    1. Upload Files and Folders from Your Computer
      1. To begin uploading files, locate the Upload button on the OneDrive navigation.





      2. Choosing Files allows you to select individual files within a folder to upload Choosing Folder allows you to upload a folder and all of its contents.
      3. Select Files if you would like to upload specific files instead of an entire folder. You may place these files where you wish within OneDrive itself.
      4. If you would like all of the files within a folder to be uploaded, then choose Folder instead.
      5. Once you have made your selection, hit Open, and your upload will begin. OneDrive will begin uploading your designated data, be it file or folder. You will see a notification in the navigation similar to the following:

        You may click this to view the upload status or to cancel the upload if it is still in progress. Once the upload has completed, this icon will disappear.
      6. Once your upload has completed, your data should be visible within its uploaded location. (For example, if You created a folder called BackUp and began your upload within that folder, then the data should appear in BackUp.)
      7. You will see an icon beside new uploads, indicating that they are new. Congratulations! You have successfully uploaded data to OneDrive!
    2. Drag and Drop Files from File Explorer/Finder to OneDrive in the web browser
      1. As an alternative to uploading, you may also drag and drop files directly into OneDrive in your Web Browser. It is very similar to dragging and dropping files from one folder to another.
      2. Begin by selecting the file you wish to drag.


      3. Left-Click and hold to grab the file or folder, then move the cursor with the file/folder from the Computer to OneDrive in the web browser.


      4. Release the file/folder, and it will begin uploading. You will see a notification in the navigation similar to the following:
        You may click this to view the upload status or to cancel the upload if it is still in progress. Once the upload has completed, this icon will disappear.
      5. Once your upload has completed, your data should be visible within its uploaded location. (For example, if You created a folder called BackUp and began your upload within that folder, then the data should appear in BackUp.)
      6. You will see an icon beside new uploads, indicating that they are new. Congratulations! You have successfully uploaded data to OneDrive by dragging and dropping!
  5. Congratulations! You have backed up your data to OneDrive online!


Backing Up Data to OneDrive via OneDrive for Business Desktop App


OneDrive comes included with most Windows 10 machines and should allow you to just sign in with your UNCSA account to begin desktop usage. However, if you do not have OneDrive or Office365 on your computer or if you are running a Mac, then you will need to install Office365 or OneDrive onto your machine. On a PC, you may go to www.office.com to sign in and download the Office365 installer. On a Mac, you may, alternatively, go to the App Store and install the OneDrive application.

If you are a UNCSA employee on a state issued Windows 10 machine, OneDrive is already on your computer. State issued Mac machines, at the time of this writing, do not come with OneDrive by default; therefore, it will need to be installed on the computer. This may be done through the App Store; be sure to use a non-personal AppleID on all state devices.

  1. If you are on a Personal PC (or even a personal Mac), go to Microsoft Online and Sign In
    1. Go to www.office.com


    2. Click Sign In
    3. Enter you full email address (example: doej@uncsa.edu) and your password in the boxes that follow.
    4. You should now be logged in. A list of Office Apps will be displayed.
  2. Select Install Office to begin downloading the Microsoft Office365 Suite installer. Run the installer and follow the on-screen installation instructions. Be aware that as a student or employee of the school, you will have up to five licenses (thus five devices) for Office installations. Note that this will work for both Mac and PC; however, we advise Mac.

  3. After successfully installing the Microsoft Office365 Suite to your machine, the OneDrive application should now be on your computer!
  4. Navigate to OneDrive on your computer. On PC, this will be in the Start Menu under O.


    On Mac, this will be under Go > Applications or Finder > Applications.


  5. Launch the OneDrive application to begin Signing In.
  6. Enter your full e-mail username (for example: doej@uncsa.edu) and password.
  7. After signing in, you will need to choose a location for your OneDrive folder.
    The default location will be C:\Users\yourusername\OneDrive-UNCSA for PC
    and Macintosh HD/Users/yourusername/OneDrive-UNCSA


  8. Hit next to continue the initial OneDrive set up and for some information about the use of OneDrive on your computer. At the end, choose the option to open your OneDrive folder.


  9. After finishing set up, you should now be signed into OneDrive on your machine!



  10. Once OneDrive is on your machine, and you have logged in, you may treat it like any other folder on your computer.
    1. Therefore, to back up your data, you simply need to either drag and drop files and/or folders into this OneDrive folder…


    2. …or save directly to it as you would any other folder on your computer.

    3. You may also choose to use back up your computer under OneDrive's settings. This may be accessed by Right-clicking the OneDrive on the taskbar and choosing Settings.


      Or you may right-click the OneDrive folder, itself, and choose Settings.
    4. Under the Backup tab of Settings, you may select the Manage backup option to have OneDrive automatically backup certain drives and folders. Please note that this is a Windows specific feature. The same options do not appear under OneDrive preferences on the Mac.

  11. Once you have added data to OneDrive, you may verify that your data has properly saved to the cloud by signing in online to view your data.

This concludes the guide to backing up your data in OneDrive both online and in the Desktop version!





Approved by: Nicole Gammons

Date: 6/10/2020

Approved by: Jeremy Grice

Date: 6/10/2020