How Do I Real-time Sync Folders in Windows 7/8/10/11?

You will find the best real-time sync software - AOMEI Backupper to help you sync two folders in real time in Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 in this article.


By Clytze Updated on February 29, 2024

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Why Need to Real Time Sync Folders in Windows 7/8/10/11?

Real-time sync is a more specific and advanced synchronization mode that when you synchronize source folder to the destination folder, all contents in the source folder will be identically transferred to the target folder, no matter what you do to the source, deleted, added, or modified, it will be redone in the target folder. What it means that the target folder will get synchronized instantly when a change happens.

There are many cases in our work and daily life at which we need to sync two folders in real time:

  • When working in groups, you need two folders on different locations to be synchronized every time you make a change, so that your colleagues or partners could get the change without delay.

  • Real time sync between folders can also act as a backup. For example, sync files between computer and USB flash drive in real time. After you set the task, the target folder on USB drive actually is a backup, which also saves the time of backing up or transferring.

Does SyncToy Support Real Time Sync?

Generally, you will think about the built-in free Windows SyncToy which is released by Microsoft to sync two folders. However, It’s not embedded with real time sync feature. Besides, it does not allow you to create a schedule sync task to sync folders or files, you can only use SyncToy with Task Scheduler to create a schedule folder sync task.

Best Real-Time Folder Sync Software - AOMEI Backupper

It’s quite urgent to try the best real time sync software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. It offers you a lot of outstanding features:

🌟 Real-Time Sync: It can help you perform real time synchronization between (network) folders on different drives on the same computer or different computers. All contents will be synced immediately after this program monitors the change, and none of them would be missed.
🌟 Other sync modes: It also supports Basic Sync, Mirror Sync, and Two-Way Sync to meet different requirements.
🌟 Schedule sync: It is embedded with 5 schedule options, namely Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, and USB plug in.
🌟 Clean design: It has a user-friendly interface, making it accessible to users of all skill levels.

Click to have real time sync tool free downloaded and learn how to synchronize two folders in real time in Windows 7, 8, 10, 11.

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How to Sync Two Folders in Windows 7 in Real Time

If syncing folder of internal disk to the folder on an external device, you need to connect the device to computer ahead of time. Then install and run AOMEI Backupper.

To set real-time folder sync, use the following steps:

1. At the main interface, click Sync and then Real-Time Sync.

Real Time Sync

2. Click Add Folder to select the source folder. Then click the box where the arrow point to choose target folder. Rename the Task Name if need be.

Add Folder

3. Click Start Sync >> button to perform real time folder sync in Windows 7, 8, 10.

Start Real Time Sync

✍Real-time sync does not support email notification, but other sync features do. But you will get error reports after the real time folder sync task meets some errors.
Options: It allows you to comment this sync task so that you can distinguish it from other tasks in future, verify the integrity of the files on the target folder, etc.
✍Above tutorial could be applied to real time sync folders in Windows 10 as well.

Except for Sync feature, it still allows you to create file backup or cloud backup to backup folders to an image file, and restore them if something bad happens. Then, how to chose them?

>> By comparison, file backup is more traditional and supports multiple backup destinations, such as, internal or external drive, USB flash drive, network drive, NAS, cloud drive like OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

>> If you have an AOMEI account, try cloud backup, it is more popular and able to backup files to AOMEI Cloud, a cloud drive developed by AOMEI Tech, and you can enjoy 1TB of free storage.

Cloud Backup


Within several clicks, the process of real-time sync folders in Windows 7 has been finished. The program will monitor the changes on the source all the time, and sync it to the destination folder immediately.

In fact, the best real time sync software - AOMEI Backupper is capable of many other things. It permits you to clone HDD to SSD without reinstalling everything, migrate Windows 10 OS to SSD to speed up your computer, backup files with command line utility, create bootable device in case laptop hard drive failure occurs someday.

Clytze · Editor
Clytze, an editor at AOMEI Technology, is passionate about safeguarding your digital world. She dedicates her expertise to empower users like you in data security and recovery. She firmly believes that everyone should have the tools and knowledge to protect their digital assets through computer backup, seamless disk cloning, and efficient file synchronization. Clytze is your trusted guide on the journey to data safety.