By Lily / Last update April 22, 2022

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What is PC sync?

PC sync or PC synchronization has different meanings in different situations. When it comes to photography, PC sync means Prontor-Compur connection which is used to synchronize the shutter to the flash. It can also mean syncing PC folders, photos, music and so on to another place in terms of computer science.

This page will focus on PC data synchronization. You may need to sync a PC under the following circumstances:

  • Transfer files from PC to PC so as to share files between different devices.

  • Sync local folders to a cloud drive, NAS device or USB drive in order to get a backup for data recovery.

Then, how to perform PC file sync? Specialized sync software plays an important role.

Free Windows PC sync software - AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free file sync software designed for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. Let’s have a close look at its sync features:

  • Basic sync: it enables you to sync files from one folder/disk/computer to another folder/disk/computer. You are also allowed to sync two external hard drives.

  • NAS/cloud sync: it supports plenty of NAS devices and cloud drives. You are able to sync computer files to Synology, WD My Cloud, and QNAP, etc. You can also sync local folders to OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox and so on.

  • Automatic sync: it allows you to set a daily/weekly/monthly sync task.

Want to have a try? Download it now and install it on your computer.

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How to sync PC to PC step by step?

Before you start, there are some preparations you should do:

  • Make sure the two computers are within the same LAN.

  • Share a folder over the network on the source computer and set sharing options on both computers. Learn about file sharing over a network here.

Sync local folders to the shared folder on the source computer

Step 1. Run AOMEI Backupper. Click Sync from the left panel and select Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

Step 2. Edit the task name based on your needs. Click Add Folder to select the folder(s) you want to sync to another computer.

Add Folder

Step 3. Expand the drop-down menu of the second bar and choose Select a network location. To sync PC with Google Drive, you can choose Select a cloud drive here.

Select Network Location

Step 4. In the pop-up window, click Add Network Location from the lower-left corner. Then, type the IP address of the source computer and click OK. Type username and password if it is needed.

Add Network Location

Step 5. Choose the shared folder you just created to store the folder(s) to be synchronized and click OK.

Select Destination Folder

Step 6. Confirm the operation and click Start Sync to begin.

Start Sync

Tips:
● You can click Options to write a note for the sync task and enable email notification, etc. You can also click Schedule to set up automatic sync.
● To enjoy more advanced sync modes – Mirror Sync, Real-Time Sync and Two-Way Sync, you may upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Access the shared folder on the destination computer

There are three methods for your reference to access the shared folder on the destination computer after syncing:

Method 1. Go to This PC > Network. Find the source computer’s name and double click it to access the shared folder.

Method 2. Tap the Search button on the taskbar, type “\\(IP address of the source computer)” (ex: \\192.168.0.250) in the search box and press Enter. The shared folder will be displayed immediately.

Method 3. Press Win + R to open the Run box. Then, type “\\(IP address of the source computer)” in the Run box and press Enter.

Note: Shared items will be inaccessible when the source computer is asleep or closed. Copy files to another place on the destination computer so that you can access them anytime you need.

Verdict

Now you know what PC sync is and how to sync PC folders to another PC with the help of free PC sync software - AOMEI Backupper. What’s more pleasing, AOMEI Backupper is excellent hard drive transfer software that can help to clone HDD to SSD or clone SSD to larger SSD. Give it a shot and you won’t regret!