Explore OneDrive and understand OneDrive limitations with regard to using it as the only backup option. Recover files using the OneDrive website. Recover a missing file from the OneDrive website using the OneDrive app. Recover files that you've already deleted from the Recycle Bin from the OneDrive website. Use the Undo option to recover a recently deleted file.
- [Instructor] There are plenty of places to store personal data, including stand alone computers, attached external drives, and local network drives. Large companies that need to manage corporate data might have onsite data storage rooms, or they might keep their data offsite in a server farm hosted by a third party for a monthly or yearly fee. Single users and small business owners might opt to store their data online as well. There are lots of options, including Dropbox, Onedrive, Google Drive, iCloud, and more.
I'll talk about OneDrive here. If you're following along, open File Explorer, and click your OneDrive folder. I've already done that. If you don't see a OneDrive folder, it might be because you haven't logged in to this computer yet with a Microsoft account. If you do see a folder and you click it, if you've never logged into it before, you might have to log in now. Saving data to OneDrive isn't much different from saving to a personal library. I'll show you. I've started a WordPad document Testing for OneDrive.
To save it to OneDrive, I click the file tab, Save As, name the file, and in the left pane, click OneDrive and click Save. Let's return to File Explorer, and you can see here that Testing is indeed in my OneDrive folder. You can access the files you save to OneDrive from any web browser. Just click to OneDrive.live.com and log in. There's a link here too to right-click OneDrive and then click View online, but you probably won't be doing this from your host computer.
You'll be doing it from somewhere else. I'll open my own web browser here. I'll navigate to Onedrive.live.com, and I'll sign in. And here's my testing file. You can see what's here matches what's shown in File Explorer. You can save data to OneDrive and back it up there as well. Although you shouldn't use it as your only backup solution, it does work in a pinch. Although many people do depend on OneDrive for all their backup needs, there's always the possibility that your account could be hacked and data deleted.
There's also a chance of catastrophic online failure, even though chances for that are pretty slim. That said, it's still a great backup option. Consider a scenario where your personal laptop is stolen or lost, but you've been saving files to OneDrive. To recover the files from any web browser, just locate the data in OneDrive and select it. I'll select Testing. Then, click Download. All you have to do now is click Save or Save As.
I'll click Cancel for now. OneDrive also has a safeguard in case you accidentally delete a file. I'll delete our Testing file here by selecting it and clicking Delete. Even from the very beginning, I have the option to Undo. But if I miss that prompt, I can always come over to the Recycle Bin, select it, and click Restore. When I go back to my files, it's back where it belongs. If you decide you like using OneDrive and want to save all your documents there, you can change the properties of a folder like Documents to automatically save to OneDrive by default.
Let me show you how. I'll return to File Explorer and right-click my Documents folder, and click Properties, and click Location. Here's where I make that change. Now, I click Move. I have the option to move the folder anywhere. And in this instance, I would choose OneDrive. If that's what you want to do, click Select Folder. I'll click Cancel for now, and I'll close out this dialog box. Let's go back to the OneDrive page for a minute on the web.
Take a look around one more time. You can create new files and you can share files and folders. You can even sort your data by photos or recent. And with all of your data in one place, you can access that data anywhere and collaborate from anywhere. And really, work from anywhere. If you have a smartphone, consider downloading the OneDrive app too. You can use this app to work on data from your phone or tablet, again, from anywhere.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell