How to Automatically Copy Files from One Folder to Another Easily
You will learn how to automatically copy files from one folder to another with two helpful ways, applying to Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP and Vista.
Need to auto copy files from one folder to another
"My computer has many important files, so I want to make an exact copy of them to avoid data loss, preferably to set a scheduled task. Is there any tool that can do it automatically?"
Actually, many users store their important files on the computer and want to protect them automatically. And you can copy files in different ways, such as, use script to copy files from one folder to another. Refer to create scheduled task to copy files to another folder if you are IT technician.
If not, it's suggested to auto copy files from one folder to another with a GUI version of backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard, for example. Because it's a little complicated for most users to use script.
Best free backup software to auto copy files
AOMEI Backupper Professional, a professional and easy-to-use backup tool, supports different types of backup, sync, clone, and restoration. Thus, you can automatically copy files from one folder to another with both File Backup and Basic Sync.
- File Backup: It is to backup files to an image file, and you need to restore backup image before using them. Daily, Weekly, Monthly schedule backup are supported. To backup files to AOMEI Cloud, try the Cloud Backup feature.
- Basic Sync: It is to transfer files from one location to another and you can directly use or modify files on the target location. It supports syncing in Daily, Weekly, Monthly automatic sync, or Real-time.
Then, which one should you use? It depends on whether you are more concerned about data security or its flexible and easy to access. And by default, the File Backup uses block-level incremental backup if you set it as a scheduled task. While Basic Sync uses file-level backup, which will transfer entire files if it changes and take much more time.
Step-by-step guide to automatically transfer files from one folder to another
AOMEI Backupper makes it a piece of cake to automatically move files from one folder to another. You need to download AOMEI Backupper Professional first. For server users, try AOMEI Backupper Server.
(PS: The free-trail version of AOMEI Backupper can only used within 30 days, to protect files continuously, it's suggested to upgrade pro trial. 10% off for one computer.)
Step 1. Open this file backup software, here take Basic Sync as an example to copy files. select Basic Sync under Sync tab.
Step 2. Click Add Folder to add the folder for sync. Afterward, choose the destination folder. The destination folder can be located on a local drive, a removable device or NAS.
If you just want to transfer files with certain file extensions, click the funnel-shaped button and type the file extension you want to include or exclude in File Exclusion Mask or Folder Exclusion Mask.
Step 3. To automatically copy files from one folder to another, click Schedule Sync in the bottom. In the pop-up window, choose a frequency as you wish.
By the way, you can enable email notification in Options. You need to tick "Sync the deletions in source directory to destination" manually if you want to sync deleted files.
Step 4. At last, if there’s no mistake, click Start Sync to execute the operation.
✎ Please pay attention:
You can not auto copy files from one folder to CD-ROM/DVD/Blue-Ray.
A single file which is more than 4GB can’t be synchronized to FAT/FAT32 partition since FAT/FAT32 only supports a single file up to 4GB. In this case, you can choose to backup files. It will split backup images into 4GB automatically during the backup process.
Beside Basic Sync, you still can use Real-Time Sync, Mirror Sync (to keep files in the destination directory exactly the same as source directly) and Two-Way Sync.
Now you know how to auto copy files from one folder to another with free backup software - AOMEI Backupper. You can choose to sync files from one folder to another if you want to keep files as it was in the source directory and are able to use it flexibly. Also, if you want to copy files in real-time, you need to use Real-Time Sync feature.
But if you are more concerned about data security, faster transfer speed or you have files large than 4GB, it's a better choice to backup files. Besides, its Disk Clone feature allows you to copy data from one hard drive to another if you want to copy entire disk. Try it now to discover more!