By Ivy / Last update January 4, 2022

User case: how do I automatically mirror a folder to network drive?

"Hello, guys! I want to automatically mirror all the photoes from a hard disk drive to a network shared folder. And this is separate from the regular backup of the rest of my system which is done with backup software.

For the contents of this disk, I don't want them compressed into a backup container file. I want them to be exact duplicates of the original files, kept up to date in that shared network location (login required). Also, it doesn't matter if they update in real time. Once a day is fine, for example."

Mirror Folder to Network Drive

What is the easiest way to mirror folder to network drive?

Have you ever found that you often sync folder between two locations, such as, two folders, two drives, two computers, or from local folder to network drive etc. Just like the above user case. Do you want to mirror a folder automatically, preferably in real time? Here I will show you several methods in the following, including the simplest one. 

  • Mirror a folder using “Share” feature. This method is suitable to sync folders between drives and computer with the same network segment in Windows 7/8/10/11. You need to create a shared folder and it requires human intervention. That is, you need to manually add the files you want share in the shared folder. Schedule sync is not supported.

  • SyncToy schedule. SyncToy itself does not supports any schedule setting, so you need to make use of Task Scheduler. It has scheduled triggers, including daily/weekly/monthly, when the computer starts, when a specific event is logged etc, so you can schedule sync folder in Windows 7/8/10/11.

  • Robocopy automatic backup. Like SyncToy, Robocopy does not have any schedule setting. To realize Robocopy automatic backup, you need to save the command line in a text file and save as .bat file extention, similar to the method in my previous article schedule Windows 10 wake from sleep.   

  • Sync offline files with Sync Center. This method only works when you want to make network files or folders always available offline on Windows. You need to enable offline files first, then you will see the “Schedule” feature in Sync partnership details. Click on it and follow the on-screen intructions to sync network drive locally.

  • Reliable file sync software. So far, this is the easiest way I know, even a novice can get started quickly. Most file sync software supports schedule settings, such as, daily/weekly/monthly, etc. Also, some of them still support syncing files in real-time. And then I’ll introduce one such software.

How to mirror folder to network drive in real time step by step

As mentioned earlier, there are many ways to mirror a folder, but the easiest way is to use a reliable AOMEI Backupper Professional to help you. Below are advantages of this software:

Schedule Sync: You can mirror folder to network drive automatically with Schedule Sync feature, which is integrated in Basic Sync, Mirror Sync, and Two-Way Sync.
Real-Time Sync: It supports syncing all changes immediately when detected, including new, edited or deleted files while mirroring local folder to network drive.
It sync files not only to network drive, but also to NAS, cloud storage, external drive etc. Thus, you can add an extra layer of your data by creating multiple backups on different locations.
It supports Windows 7/8/10/11/XP/Vista.

And it has a graphic user interface, so users can easily understand the sync process. Download this software right now and follow the steps below to execute real-time sync in Windows 10 or other supported systems.

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Step 1.  Open AOMEI Backupper Professional and click “Sync” > "Mirror Sync" or "Real-Time Sync", depending on the sync frequency you want. Here take Real-Time Sync as an example. 

Real Time Sync

Note: Besides the frequency, Mirror Sync still prevent any unwanted modifications in the network drive. In other words, you cannot add any files or modify files on the network and they will be overwritten at the next schedule sync. 

Step 2. Click “+ Add Folder” to select folders need to be synced on your computer.

Add Folder

Step 3. Click where the arrow point and select a shared folder on the network drive to store files.  After that, click "Start Sync" to perform Windows 10 mirror folder to network drive.

Select Destination

Helpful tips on first time to sync files to network drive:

1. If this is your first to automatically mirror a folder or perform real-time sync in Windows 10 to network drive, you still need to set up the shared folder. Othewise you cannot access it on the network drive.

  • Find the folder you want to share > Right-click the folder and choose Properties.
  • Click the Sharing tab and then choose the Advanced Sharing... option.
  • Check the Share this folder > Click Permissions to set the share permissions.
  • You can click Add to type the user name that you want to share the files with > Select Full ControlChange and Read permission for the user > Click OK to confirm.

Click Ok

2. Also, before clicking Start Sync, iit's required to add the location of network drive to this software.

  • Select Share/NAS in the Open window.

Share/NAS

  • Then click Add Network Location and type required information of your network drive.
  • Afterward, you can see all the shared folder on the network drive. Select the one you want to store files. 

Notes ✎... 
◉ Please don’t modify the source folder name of the schedule sync task, otherwise the program cannot synchronize the selected folder anymore.
◉ To synchronize folders between Windows Servers, you can try AOMEI Backupper Server. 

In the end

You may many ways to mirror a folder automatically, such as, using SyncToy, Robocopy, Sync Center, file sync software, etc. Among them, file sync software is the easiest, you just need to set it up once and this software will sync folder to network drive automatically or in real-time. Besides, it still provides users Two-Way Sync if you want to sync files and changes on both sides.