How To Automatically Backup My Documents Folder To SkyDrive

My Documents folder is the location where we all save our documents, spreadsheets, presentations and PDF files. Many of us even put simple text notes and blog drafts in My Documents. So, for obvious reasons, this location contains our precious files.

With the launch of SkyDrive client software for Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems, Microsoft has made saving files in the cloud more easier. Anything that you move to the SkyDrive folder will automatically sync to your SkyDrive account.

I am sure many of you love to save your documents in the cloud so you can access it from anywhere and also for the backup purpose. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could automatically backup all documents and files in My Documents folder to your SkyDrive account?

Yes, it’s now possible to automatically backup your My Documents folder to the cloud by relocating My Documents folder to SkyDrive’s folder. For two reasons, moving My Documents folder from its original location to SkyDrive’s folder make sense. First, you are automatically backing up all documents. Secondly, you can access your files from virtually anywhere as the SkyDrive client is available for Mac OS X Lion, Windows Phone, and iOS.

So, how to change the default location of My Documents folder to SkyDrive’s folder.

Procedure:

Step 1: Open Windows Explorer. In the navigation pane, click on arrow icon next to the Libraries to expand the tree and then click on Documents to see My Documents.

Step 2: Right-click on My Documents and click Properties. Switch to Location tab. Click on Move button and browse to SkyDrive’s folder and click Select folder button to set SkyDrive’s folder as My Documents new location.

Automatically Backup My Documents Folder To SkyDrive

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Click Yes for the confirmation message. That’s it!

NOTE: The SkyDrive folder is located in C:\Users\Username directory (Username is your user account name), unless you have selected a different location during the SkyDrive client setup.

You are done! From now onwards, whenever you put a new file or edit an existing file in the My Documents folder, your SkyDrive account will automatically be updated with the new or edited file.

Don’t forget to check out how to upgrade your SkyDrive account from 7GB to 25GB for free and also how to change the default location of SkyDrive folder.

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Comments

  1. says

    Great article. I took a different approach, however. Using Windows 7 and Windows 8′s awesome libraries feature, I just included the skydrive folder to my documents library. Now, clicking documents on the right would take me to skydrive. I then cut and past my documents into skydrive folder and voila, I was all set!

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