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Sync or Backup to Microsoft OneDrive/SkyDrive Cloud Storage

For low cost offsite backup or a central point to synchronize computers in different locations a cloud storage solution is an ideal choice. The term "cloud" generally refers to a service that is somewhere on the internet and is very scalable up to any size that you require.

Microsoft offers a cloud service called OneDrive and to start with you get 7GB of storage for free.

AJC Sync offers the following advantages over the sync system that Microsoft OneDrive provides:

  • You can sync with any folder instead of having to copy all your files into a sync folder.
  • You can see what is going to be synchronized.
  • You can compare files to see what has changed.
  • You can control when to run the sync.
  • You can choose exactly what files get transferred and also specify file patterns etc
  • Your photos will not be downsized (this happens by default with normal OneDrive sync).

To get started is very simple:
1. Sign up for a Microsoft account if you haven't already got one.
2. Create an AJC Sync project and connect it to OneDrive by logging in and confirming that AJC Sync is allowed to access it. 3. Use your project to sync or backup from your computer.

Following is a walkthrough in more detail:

1. Get a Microsoft account to access OneDrive

To read more about OneDrive and sign up click here .

2. Create a sync project to connect to OneDrive

If you don't yet have AJC Sync you can download and install it from here .

Start AJC Sync and select Create a new sync project.

Create sync pair

You will then create a sync pair which defines the two locations that you want to keep in sync. Giving it a description will help you to remember what it does.

Choose left location

The two locations to keep in sync are known as the left and right locations and are colored red and green. First you must setup the left sync location and here the Windows documents folder has been selected. You can change the graphic image to give you a visual representation of the location.

Choose right location

Then you must setup the right sync location and select the Microsoft OneDrive option. Click the Connect button, logon to your Microsoft account and confirm that AJC Sync can access your files.

Finally choose what OneDrive Folder to sync with by clicking on the little yellow folder button. Here the Documents folder has been selected.

Setup sync logic

You will then proceed to choose your sync logic which can be a one way or two way sync.

3. Use your project to sync or backup from your computer

AJC Sync home tab

Once the project has been setup you will see the main AJC Sync screen Home tab. As this point it is a good idea to save your project.

Click on the Plan button to create a sync plan to see what files and actions will be performed to sync the two locations.

Synchronize plan

The sync plan shows what will happen to your files and is color coded. The red color here indicates the files only exist on the left side and the arrows indicate they will be copied from left to right, from Windows disk to OneDrive storage.

You click the Start button to start the transfer.

You don't need to look at the sync plan every time once you are confident you have set it up correctly and you can easily schedule syncs.

This was a very brief overview of AJC Sync covering just some of its capabilites and only showing the manually controlled sync. You can do unattanded and scheduled syncs and much more. Please download a trial version and give it a go for yourself.