How to backup SkyDrive Pro with the cloud

Friday 2 August 2013

For businesses using cloud computing, SkyDrive Pro offers a valuable resource - a secure online location to keep work documents and other files. Documents, data and other files can be hosted on the internet, in a location where they are readily available to the person who crated them, and also colleagues and managers in order to support collaborative working. SkyDrive Pro files can be accessed from any connected location, on almost any device, offering maximum flexibility to the user.

Why store files in the cloud?

Cloud storage breaks the physical link between computer hardware and the files, documents and programmes used on it. End-users can create files or documents on their work PC, store them in SkyDrive, and then access them from another device in another location. This acts as a useful business continuity safeguard should the original PC, laptop or mobile device break down, be lost or stolen, or damaged in some other disaster. Providing the work is stored in SkyDrive, it will still be available and accessible on other devices.

Backing up files with Windows 8

If you are using Windows 8, File History automatically backs up files held in your libraries, contacts and favourites, on your desktop and in SkyDrive. This means that, should the original versions be lost, damaged or deleted, they can easily be restored. Users are also able to find different versions of their files dating from a specific point in time - meaning it is possible to build up a history of your files.

How to activate backup

In order to start backing up files, you need to set up a File History drive and activate the File History option. Open File History by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping 'Search' - or if you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click 'Search' - then enter 'File History' in the search box. Next, select 'Settings' and choose the 'File History' option. Simply tap or click the 'Turn on' button.

How to restore your files

Restoring your files is simple - select 'Search', enter 'Restore Your Files', click on 'Settings' and then choose the 'Restore your files with File History' option. Next, enter the specific file you are looking for in the search box, or use the left and right arrows to browse your folders and files. Select the file you want to return to its original location, and then tap or click on 'Restore'. If you want to direct the file to a new location, this can be done by right-clicking on the 'Restore' button and selecting 'Restore To'.

Find out more about SkyDrive and how Microsoft cloud services can help your company.

Posted by Alex Boardman