Easiest | Sync Files to External Hard Drive in Windows 11/10/8/7

AOMEI Backupper is a good choice for you to sync files to external hard drive in Windows 11/10/8/7. In this way, you can easily keep an up-to-date copy of original data on external hard drive.


By Lily Updated on November 29, 2023

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Case: I want to copy files to 1TB external drive

“I have a laptop with about 400GB of files including pictures, docs, project files, etc. I wish to copy these files to an external hard drive which is 1TB in size. However, I want the copy to be such that if I make any changes to my files on the laptop, these changes are synced to the external hard drive. If I add or remove or move files, the same needs to be reflected on the external hard drive.”

Do you have any idea about this? Though, this might sound extremely difficult, you can use the File Sync feature of free AOMEI Backupper to easily achieve.

What is file sync?

File sync is a kind of backup in a certain way, but is different from backup for the copied files can be used directly. Sync is short for synchronization, which can keep files in multiple locations up-to-date.

That is to say, when you sync files to external hard drive in Windows 11/10/8/7, you can keep files on the external hard drive the same as files in your desktop/laptop no matter if they are newly created or else. In this way, you don’t need to update on both sides every time to keep an up-to-date copy on external hard drive. To do so, the file sync feature of AOMEI Backupper is a good choice.

File Sync

What are the advantages of AOMEI File Sync?

Compared with other sync software, AOMEI Backupper has the following advantages:

  • Various locations: It supports to synchronize all files from one folder to the other folder. The other folder can be located in different places. You can sync files to local disk, external hard drive, other computers within LAN, NAS, and cloud storage drives including Sugar, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, CloudMe and HubiC.

  • Auto sync: Scheduled sync can help you sync files automatically at a fixed time in a day/week/month.

  • Real-time sync: This service is supported by the Professional edition. It will monitor relevant folders and synchronize files when it detects all kinds of changes made on the source folder. If you wish to do real-time sync, you should always connect your external hard drive with computer. 

If you just want to perform basic sync between your computer and external hard drive, the free edition AOMEI Backupper Standard is good enough. It supports all Windows editions including Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/11, both 32bit and 64bit. Next, I’ll show you how to sync files to external hard drive via free AOMEI Backupper.

How to sync files from computer to external hard drive effortlessly

Before you sync files with external hard drive, please download AOMEI Backupper and install it on your PC.

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Take the Documents folder as an example. Learn how to sync my Documents to my external hard drive as follows:

1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select “Basic Sync” under “Sync” tab.

File Sync

2. In the next window, click “Add Folder” to select the Documents folder to be synced. If you want to move other user folders at the same time, like Downloads, Pictures, Videos, etc, click the "+" icon to add them.

Add Folder

3. Then select a folder on your external hard drive as target location.

Select Destination Path

4. Click the “Start Sync” button to proceed.

✍ Tips: There are two options at the lower left, which will reach your other requirements on file sync.

  • Options: It contains comments, email notification, etc. You can comment on the sync task to distinguish it from others, and set up email configuration information to remind you of sync results.

  • Schedule Sync: As mentioned before, it can be set to run the sync task automatically. If you set up it at a specified time in a day/week/month, you should plug in your external hard drive before the job starts. You can even do event-triggered sync or USB plug-in sync.

★ How to backup files to AOMEI Cloud

There is a growing trend to backup files to cloud storage. Compared to an external hard drive, cloud is a safer place to keep your important files because it is less subject to getting lost or damaged. If you create an AOMEI account, you can backup files to AOMEI Cloud. You'll get 1TB free storage for 15 days after you sign up for an AOMEI account.



AOMEI Backupper is a great option to sync files to external hard drive in Windows 11/10/8/7. It is so convenient for you to operate due to the easy-to-use interface. In addition, it offers you the backup, restore, and clone features. You can use it to create a system image backup and clone a hard drive with multiple partitions. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.