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How to perform quick and easy OneDrive to OneDrive migration?

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Jai KG Updated On - 08 Jan 2021

OneDrive for work or school is an enterprise-level storage platform that is available as stand-alone or with Office 365 subscription. In addition to making enterprise data available from anywhere, it provides business-centric features like permission-settings for files, data encryption, and even data loss protection. Simply, it provides more control over the enterprise data.

OneDrive for Business to OneDrive for Business migration is a complex process. It is often necessitated by account consolidation requirements after business takeovers or mergers and acquisitions. Sometimes, users of personal OneDrive accounts also will have to migrate their data to their professional OneDrive accounts. This may be to save space or to manage OneDrive data more effectively. Similarly, small business owners may be having both OneDrive and OneDrive for Business accounts. And sometimes, they may need to move their OneDrive data to OneDrive for work or school. Here we will see how you can migrate data from your Microsoft OneDrive account to OneDrive for school or business.

Upload OneDrive synced data to OneDrive for work or school

This is a simple method to migrate OneDrive data to OneDrive for work or school. First, you have to sync OneDrive personal data to the local computer. Then you can upload this folder or its files to OneDrive for work or school account.

Step 1: Sync OneDrive to the local computer

To upload OneDrive personal data, you first need to sync your personal OneDrive account to your computer.

  1. In the Windows taskbar, click the OneDrive icon; click Help & Settings > Settings.
  2. Go to the Account tab; now, select Choose folders.
  3. In Sync your OneDrive files to this PC, select only the folders you want to sync. Click OK. With this, your OneDrive folders will be synced to your PC.

Thus, your OneDrive data will be synced to your computer. You can access and manage this synced OneDrive folder using your File Explorer.

Note: For the ease of uploading to the OneDrive for work or school account, you can copy the data from this OneDrive folder to another folder on your computer.

Step 2: Upload OneDrive data to OneDrive for work or school

A synced OneDrive folder can be uploaded to your OneDrive for work or school account, just like any folder on your system.

  1. Sign in to your OneDrive for work or school account. https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/signin/
  2. Once you are in the OneDrive interface, click the Upload button. When it is expanded, select Folder.
  3. Now browse the synched OneDrive folder on your system and click Upload.
  4. The synced local folder and its content gets uploaded to the OneDrive for work or school.

Migrate OneDrive using the OneDrive sync app

In this method, you sync OneDrive for work or school account also to your PC. You can now move the files/folders from OneDrive personal folder to OneDrive for work or school folder.

  1. If you have Windows 10 OS, OneDrive is already installed on your computer. Otherwise, download and install it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/onedrive/download.
  2. Once the installer asks for credentials, provide your OneDrive for work or school account and install the application. During installation, select the folders you want to sync to your computer. The OneDrive application will be synced to your computer.
  3. You can now move the required files and folders from your OneDrive personal folder to OneDrive for work or school folder any time as you can see them side by side on your File Explorer hierarchy.

Thus, you can easily merge your personal OneDrive account to your OneDrive for work or school accounts. However, this migration from one OneDrive for work or school account to another is more complex than this. So, a professional OneDrive migration is the best option for organizations. Kernel Migration for SharePoint is the best choice because of its advanced features and ease of use. It helps you perform OneDrive migrations between two tenants. Here is how you can perform a OneDrive for Business to OneDrive for Business migration using SharePoint Migration tool.

Migrate from OneDrive to OneDrive Using Kernel Migrator for SharePoint

Migration from OneDrive for Business to OneDrive for Business is very easy with Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. You need to add one account as a source and the second account as a destination in the Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. Then you can start the migration as:

  1. Open Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. In the source pane, right-click on OneDrive for Business and click Add OneDrive for Business.
  2. Enter the source OneDrive account details.
  3. It gets added to the source. You can now open the OneDrive for Business account in a browser, download a copy, or copy it to another OneDrive for Business account.
  4. Now, in the Destination panel, right-click on OneDrive for Business and select Add OneDrive for Business.
  5. Now provide the destination OneDrive account details. Click OK.
  6. Now right-click on the source OneDrive and click Copy to > OneDrive for Business.
  7. The users of the source account get listed. You can add or remove users as per the need. Click Next.
  8. Now the destination details will be displayed. Click Next.
  9. Now, you can map the source users with the target users. If you use the Map automatically option, the software will try to map similar users. Also, you can select target users manually for each source user. Click Next.
  10. Now, you can apply various filters.
  11. Select Execute Immediate and click Next.

    Note: If you want to schedule the migration, select the Schedule option, and click Change schedule to provide the schedule details.
  12. Verify the migration summary and click OK.
  13. You can see the progress of the migration.
  14. Once the migration is over, you can view the process summary. Click Finish.

Thus, you have successfully migrated data from OneDrive for work or school account to another OneDrive for work or school account.

Conclusion

Migration of OneDrive personal data to OneDrive work or school accounts is relatively easy with manual methods like uploading and syncing. However, the migration from one OneDrive for work or school account to another OneDrive for work or school account is more complex and requires professional migration solutions. Kernel Migrator for SharePoint is a professional tool that can be tried for this migration.