By Yuka / Last update August 24, 2021

Need to Backup and Sync External Hard Drive

Case 1: “We have a 500gb external hard drive which holds all the design agencies important files etc. We would like to back up everything over to a cloud software once a week, so that in case one fails we'd have the one we updated previously? All I want to know is, can anyone recommend a good software package that will do this whole process for me easily?”  
Case 2: “Hello all! I have two computers, one of the computers has an external hard drive. We use cloud software and also operate on the local disc. Is there any way to sync the external hard drive to the cloud, so on the computer that is not connected to the hard drive can access it through the cloud? Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.

Backup and Sync External Hard Drive

It can be seen from the above cases that the first user wants to back up an external hard drive to cloud to avoid data loss due to unexpected events; the second user wants to sync external hard drive to cloud so that when the external hard drive is not connected to the computer, he can also get his documents to facilitate work.

I believe that many users have the same needs as them in life. With the continuous digitization of information, saving our data becomes more and more important. The consequences of computer crashes, virus intrusions, and blue screens are unimaginable. According to the 3-2-1 backup strategy, many users choose to store data on different storages. At the same time, external hard drives and cloud drives have become the most common storages for users. Therefore, it is very necessary to find a trustworthy software to help users solve these data protection problems.

Best Free Backup and Sync Software for External Drive

Speaking of the best backup and sync software free of charge, AOMEI Backupper Standard is highly recommended. It is embedded with abundant features including Backup, Recovery, Clone, and Sync, and it offers a very favorable price: FREE.

With its Backup feature, you can create system backup (recover computer from system crash or ransomware), disk backup, partition backup and file backup to different locations, such as cloud, NAS, local disk, or external hard drive, etc. Conversely, you can also use its Restore feature to retrieve data from these locations. In addition, it offers incremental and differential backup to save backup time and storage space.

With its Sync feature, you can also synchronize files/folders to different storages, thus saving you from repetitive work. You can use it to sync files between laptop and desktopsync two external hard drives and so on.

It also has many other powerful features waiting to be explored. In the next part, I will explain how to backup and sync external hard drive to cloud via AOMEI Backupper Standard. Download it and have a try!

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● Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard on your computer.
● Connect external hard drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected.
● Download and install cloud software desktop application, such Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and other similar cloud drives. Login your account.

Steps to Backup External Hard Drive to Cloud

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition. Select “File Backup” under “Backup” tab.

File Backup

Tip✍: If you want to back up the entire external hard drive, click Disk Backup.

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to add what you want to back up in the external hard drive to the cloud drive.

Add Folder or File

Tip✍: If you want to exclude files with specific formats that you don't want to backup, upgrade to Professional edition, click the funnel icon on the select box to configure Filter settings.

Filter Settings

Step 3. Then, select a destination to back up these files. To select a cloud drive, you can click on down arrow on the right side of destination select box, click Select a cloud drive. Here we select OneDrive as an example.

Selct a Cloud Drive

Select OneDrive

Step 4. Customize the backup by options at the bottom. Click Start Backup to execute the task.

Helpful tips✍:
✧ Options: including settings about backup mode, compression level, comments, email notifications, etc. 
Schedule: setting up auto backup on basis of Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Event triggers/USB plug in, the last two options are available after upgrade to higher editions.
✧ Scheme: deleting older backups automatically according to the rule you created (available in advanced edition).

Steps to Sync External Hard Drive to Cloud

Step 1. Run AOMEI Backupper and click Sync tab. Find Basic Sync and click it.

File Sync

Tips✍: If you want to set up real-time sync, mirror sync or two-way sync, you need to upgrade to superior editions.

Step 2. Name the task name if necessary. Click Add Folder to select the folders you want to sync on the external hard drive.

Add Folder

Step 3. Click the drop-down icon and choose Select a cloud drive.

Select the Cloud Location

Step 4. In the pop-up window, select OneDrive and click OK. If OneDrive is not auto-detected, please click to add it manually.

Select Cloud Drive

Step 5. You can specify sync frequency in Schedule option beneath. Finally, click Start Sync to add or run the sync task.

Schedule Settings


The above is how to use the most effective software to backup and sync external hard drive separately. For data security and work convenience, backing up and synchronizing external hard drives are already an indispensable part of life. It is extremely important to find free software to help you solve these problems.

AOMEI Backupper stands out from much software because of its simple operation, user-friendly interface and its powerful functions. All operations only need a few steps to complete, which can save you a lot of time and energy. You can easily clone external hard drive to internal, migrate data to kinds of SSDs, wipe disks, etc. Why are you still hesitating? Download and try it.