How do I get to cloud storage

Windows 10 - Optimize settings for OneDrive

If you log in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, you can store your data in the cloud in parallel to local storage. Windows 10 can be connected directly to the OneDrive cloud storage system without additional tools. You can use the memory as a productive storage space for your data or as a backup location for the most important documents.

The advantage is that you can synchronize documents from the cloud with other devices. Microsoft not only offers clients and apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 10 for Mobile, but also clients for Mac OS X. With OneDrive you can not only keep your Windows PC up to date, but also other devices that you employ.

Check OneDrive online settings and free space

Before using OneDrive productively, you should first check how much storage space you have in the online storage. This is the best way to plan how to back up and store your data. To do this, log in via the link At the bottom left you can see the free memory that you can also use. You can use the "Get more memory" link to expand the memory and obtain comprehensive information on how the memory is composed.

On the OneDrive website you can also see which PCs can access the OneDrive storage. This is where you should remove any devices that you no longer need. This ensures that only the PC you are using is allowed to use OneDrive. To do this, click on the PC that you want to delete and then click on the button Remove PC.

In addition, you can clean up the storage space of OneDrive via the settings (gear symbol top right) and the selection of device backups. Here you can also remove all PCs and their backups that are no longer required.

Connect Windows 10 to OneDrive

In Windows Explorer, click on the OneDrive symbol in the navigation area and the OneDrive setup wizard will appear. Clicking on Start starts the synchronization of the OneDrive directory with the cloud. The data that you synchronize is always in the local directory and also in the cloud storage.

You may need to sign in to your Microsoft account again to set up synchronization. The best way to do this is to use the account that you use to log into Windows 10.

Set the OneDrive folder

As soon as you are successfully logged in, you can select the directory that you want to use for local synchronization. By default, the wizard uses the OneDrive directory in the user profile, i.e. C: \ Users \ . If you work with SSD, the storage space can quickly become tight. So it is a good idea if you use a different disk for synchronization.

You can then specify which data in OneDrive you want to synchronize on the local computer. You can either synchronize the entire cloud storage or you can select individual folders for synchronization. Once you have completed the wizard, you will receive a message from the Info Center in Windows 10. You will also see the new icon for OneDrive in the tray area of ​​the taskbar. If synchronization is in progress, a blue circle with white characters is also displayed. If you click on the icon, you will receive a status of the synchronization.

You can also see the status of the synchronized folders in Windows Explorer in the OneDrive directory. Folders that have already been synchronized are shown with a green circle with a white check mark, and directories that are currently to be synchronized have a white circle with blue arrows. If the agent cannot synchronize files in a directory, this directory receives an error symbol.

All files that you copy or move to the OneDrive directory or a subfolder are automatically synchronized with the cloud. You can then have this data synchronized from other computers, for example Mac OS X. Here, too, you have the option of selecting individual directories for synchronization.