By Jessie / Last update September 1, 2020

Why Sync Two Folders on the Same Computer?

Users may be troubled by this problem – how to sync two folders on same computer? With the increasing development of technology and science, computers play an irreplaceable role in our daily life. A large number of folders need to be stored in the computer. There are some important data in these folders such as your family photos, your favorite music, financial records, important documents and so on. It would be a huge loss if you lose these data.

Therefore, many users sync two folders on same computer. Two main aspects are responsible for this action.

  • Syncing two folders in a single computer can be a certain way of data backup. You can prevent your data from being lost due to human error, software conflict or data broken by folder sync.

  • The traditional copy-and-paste pattern is time-consuming progress. It takes a long time to copy and paste one folder, especially for some folders with large capacity. In the meantime, some special folders cannot be copied correctly.

Best Free Folder Sync Software – AOMEI Backupper

How to sync two folders on the same computer easily and safely? AOMEI Backupper Standard, the professional folder sync software, can be the best solution. This useful freeware supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP, including all 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

With AOMEI Backupper, you could enjoy the benefit:

  • Sync two folders on the same computer.

  • Sync folders between computers.

  • Multiple sync methods: Basic Sync, Mirror Sync, Real-Time Sync, Two-Way Sync. The Last 3 sync features are premium features, upgrade to enjoy.

Besides, this folder sync software is easy to operate with an intuitive interface. You can sync two folders in Windows 7 or in Windows 10 easily under the guidance of the detailed steps below.

How to Sync Folders on the Same Computer Step by Step?

Before syncing two folders in Windows 10 computer, you must check the integrity of the folder. Compared to folders backup, folders sync would not create image file, which allows you view the contents anytime. Please download the free folder sync software now.

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard in Windows 10, click Sync on the left sidebar, then choose Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. You can modify the Task Name according to your needs. Click Add Folder to select the folder you want to sync. 

Add Folder

Step 3. Select a destination folder (E:\My Backups) to store files. Then click Start Sync.

Select Sync Destination

✍Options allows you to comment on the folder sync task to distinguish it from others. You could also Enable email notification and then set up email configuration information to receive timely email or SMS notifications.
✍You can click Schedule to sync your folders automatically. There are five modes under General tab: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers and USB plug in. The last two modes are supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional. Please upgrade to enjoy it. You could choose whether to Install service to run scheduled tasks or Run missed sync at the next system startup in Advanced tab.
✍Do not change the folder name of the source after syncing. Otherwise, this software cannot sync it anymore.

Step 4. After syncing, click Finish.

You can sync changed and added files from the source folder to the destination folder in real time using Real-Time Sync feature.

Another Way to Sync Two Folders on the Same Computer - SyncToy

SyncToy is a free file sync software provided by Microsoft, which is used to sync two folders in Windows XP, Vista, 7.

Learn how to sync two folders on same computers in Windows 7, let’s see details:

Step 1. Please download Microsoft SyncToy and install on your Windows 7 computer. Perform SyncToy, and click Create New Folder Pair button at the bottom of the window.

Synctoy Create New Folder Pair

Step 2. Choose source folder by clicking Browse at the Left Folder.

Step 3. Select target folder on the same computer at the Right Folder. And click Next >.

SyncToy Choose Folders

Step 4. Tick Synchronization, Echo, or Contribute as the sync method. Click Next >.

SyncToy Sync Method

✍Synchronization: two-way sync to sync data from each other.
✍Echo: left to right sync. Renames and deletes on the left are repeated on the right.
✍Contribute: left to right sync. Renames on the left are repeated on the right. No deletions.

Step 5. Name the sync task, and press Finish to sync two folders in Windows 7 computer.

SyncToy Folder Sync Finish

Step 6. Click Run the sync two folders on the same computer in Windows 7 right now.

Besides, you could sync folders between two computers as well. It allows you choose a local folder, external devices like a USB flash drive, or a network shared folder from another computer.


It is not difficult to sync two folders on same PC, is it? Simple steps make synchronization effortless. How to sync two folders on different drives or between computers easily? The two folder sync software described above: AOMEI Backupper and Microsoft SyncToy could also help you to work it out.

If you prefer to sync 2 folders between Windows Servers, please try AOMEI Backupper Server to sync easily and enjoy more.