Windows 10: OneDrive Usage and Backup Question

  1.    25 Mar 2018 #1

    OneDrive Usage and Backup Question


    I am using Onedrive under Windows 10 to store all my user data (files). My question is should I be backing up my files in my Onedrive to another location, ie. a local drive of another cloud storage location.

    One of primary reasons I use Onedrive is that I was under the impression that I would no longer need to backup my user data as Microsoft would be much more organized and religious about maintianing user data stored in the Onedrive server farm. Am I thinking wrong here? What are the real and most likely reasons Onedrive would lose my data?

    Thanks

    Jerry
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  2.    25 Mar 2018 #2

    I doubt that MS would lose your One Drive Data, if they did you would lose more than just that.. I would say it is 99.999% safe.
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  3.    26 Mar 2018 #3

    Does OneDrive require an internet connection to restore? If yes, do you have both a USB and DVD boot that will connect to the internet in case the OS suffers a major [im][ex]plosion?
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       26 Mar 2018 #4

    RolandJS said: View Post
    Does OneDrive require an internet connection to restore? If yes, do you have both a USB and DVD boot that will connect to the internet in case the OS suffers a major [im][ex]plosion?
    The OP is not backing the OS up on ONEDRIVE, only his user data files. If his OS gets corrupted, best recovery would be a clean install and then setup ONEDRIVE. Good to go.
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  5.    26 Mar 2018 #5

    storageman said: View Post
    ...If his OS gets corrupted, best recovery would be a clean install and then setup ONEDRIVE. Good to go.
    Oh, ok, a clean OS re-install. I'm wondering if periodic full images of the OS partition onto external media would make the OS-rebuilding faster.
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  6.    26 Mar 2018 #6

    Yes, correct, I am using OneDrive exclusively for my data. It appears to work great and I never worry about finding my files. I probably should backup my OneDrive as it the only source for my data but I suspect that MS works very hard to maintain the integrity and accuracy of files stored on their OneDrive server farms. I assume they do a much better job than I can do.

    I should add that I use File History so there is in theory a backup of my data files.

    The combination of OneDrive and File History appears sufficient and a very simple, effective way to manage user data (mind you, I'm talking only user data here). Would welcome other thoughts on the matter
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       27 Mar 2018 #7

    RolandJS said: View Post
    Oh, ok, a clean OS re-install. I'm wondering if periodic full images of the OS partition onto external media would make the OS-rebuilding faster.
    Well maybe, but it depends on how many applications the OP has installed. For me it would take a minimum 4 days to recover with a clean install and I don't don't want to do that. But then the OP would have to setup a new backup scheme and backing up to One Drive is painfully slow. Then with Microsoft weekly C.U.'s, it makes any backup situation more complex.

    Even though One Drive is not a really backup solution, it works really good for sharing/backing up of your data. I use it to share data between my desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. What ever data I update (any platform), ends up appearing on all devices. Works good !
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  8.    27 Mar 2018 #8

    Jerrythesurfer said: View Post
    Yes, correct, I am using OneDrive exclusively for my data. It appears to work great and I never worry about finding my files. I probably should backup my OneDrive as it the only source for my data but I suspect that MS works very hard to maintain the integrity and accuracy of files stored on their OneDrive server farms. I assume they do a much better job than I can do.

    I should add that I use File History so there is in theory a backup of my data files.

    The combination of OneDrive and File History appears sufficient and a very simple, effective way to manage user data (mind you, I'm talking only user data here). Would welcome other thoughts on the matter
    The key factor you need to consider is that although onedrive is very secure, it only works if you have internet access, and for larger files a good broadband link. If e.g. you are travelling a lot, an external usb backup drive is always a good plan.
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