Sync (short for Synchronization) folder allows you to automatically store two or more identical folders and keep all changed folders from the source directory to destination directory. In our life, there are different reasons to sync folders to network drive. For example, you want to see all the prior folders available offline.
How to sync local folder to network drive without missing any changes?
There is a scenario: you want to sync every change in your folders including new folders, changed folders, deleted folders, etc, but do not ensure how to do it?
Some users try Microsoft’s Sync Toy, but it can only sync by hand or schedule. Others try Dsynchronize, it works well but still has some shortcomings. For example: If a large number of folders changed in a few minutes, it can not sync correctly.
Take it easy. Sync Center and AOMEI Backupper can help you, because both of them can sync folder to network drive in real-time. With this feature, the program will sync changed, modified, newly added files immediately if there is any change happens to your folders. Thus, you are not afraid to miss any change in your folders.
Sync Folder to Network Drive with Sync Center
Sync Center is a built-in sync tool, which was first introduced in Windows 7 and inherited in later version, such as, Windows 8/8.1/10. It allows you to access files or folders on the network drive when you are disconnect from network. Also, it allows you to sync offline files to your network drive.
The entire process are divided into 2 parts. The first part is to sync network drive to local drive and then enable offline files, because only in this way you can use Sync Center. Then second part is to mirror folder to network drive with Sync Center. Keeping reading below to learn the detailed steps.
Part 1: Sync network drive to local drive and enable offline files
Step 1. Create a shared folder on the network drive and then map it on your computer. Click the shared folder and select Map network drive from the context menu.
Step 2. Then, go to the mapped network drive, right-click it and select “Always available offline” from the context menu. If you do not want to make entire mapped network drive offline, you can choose specific files or folders, right-click it and select “Always available offline".
Step 3. Wait for the final result until you receive a message, telling “your files will be available offline”.
Note: You will see a list of folders from your mapped network drive as it has cached a list of the folders. But you can only access files made available offline. If you try to open a folder not made available offline, it will appear to be empty until you connect to the network again.
Step 4. Click “Start Menu” and type “Sync Center” in the search box, then choose it from start menu list. Or you can navigate to "Start Menu" > "Control Panel" and select "Small icons" from the drop-down menu of "View by" tab, then select "Sync Center" from this window.
Step 5. Click “Manage offline files” at the left panel of this window
Step 6. Click “Enable offline files” under the “General” tab in the following window and then restart your computer to activate it. If you do not restart your computer, you cannot activate offline files folder on your computer.
Part 2: Sync folder to network drive in Windows 7 with Sync Center
Step 1. Go to Sync Center.
Step 2. Right-click Offline Files, then select "Sync Offline Files" or "Schedule for Offline Files" from the context menu and follow the prompt to finish the rest of steps.
How to sync folder to network drive in Windows 8/8.1/10? You can follow the steps below, because all the steps are almost the same. The only difference is interface.
Automatically Sync Folder to Network Drive with AOMEI Backupper
In Window 7/8/10, you can sync local folder to network drive using Sync Center. But if you want an easier way or enjoy more advanced features, you can choose file and folder sync software AOMEI Backupper Professional. With it, you just need a few clicks. It does not require any specialized knowledge.
With AOMEI Backupper, you can sync files or folders via various storage device instead of network drive, such as Internal hard drive, External hard drive, USB flash hard drive, ect. Also, you can set up Schedule settings, including daily backup, event-trigger backup, USB plug in, real-time sync, etc. After that, this software will automatically sync folder to network drive at the next schedule time.
Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, then click "File Sync" under the "Backup" tab.
Step 2. In this window, you need to do two steps sequentially. First, you should click “Add Folder” to choose the folder you want to Sync. Then you are supposed to select your network drive as your destination path.
Step 3. Click "Schedule" at the bottom of this window or directly select "Real-time Sync". Then, tick “When deleting the source, files in the destination are also deleted” and click “Start Sync”.
During the process of file sync, you can manually select “On completion” to check its completeness. Also, you can select “Shut down PC". If you check it, your computer will automatically shutdown after your backup task finish.
This Pro version is only available for Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista, so you can consider using AOMEI Backupper Server to sync local folder if you are running server-based computer. With built-in AOMEI Image Deploy, you can deploy image to multiple computers over network.
Plus: Automatically mirror folder to network drive using robocopy
This method is newly added and suitable for users who are familiar with command prompt. In the following, you are going to use /MIR in robocopy. It the combination of /e and /purge, which will copy all subdirectories (including empty subdirectories) and delete files and directories that no longer exist in the source directory. /MIR also overwrites the directory security settings (unlike /e) if the directory already exists.
Detailed steps are below.
Step 1. Type cmd in the search box and open cmd.
Step 2. To copy files from c:\robocopy to k:\robocopy_mirror, you can type the following command and hit Enter. You need to replace the following path with yourself. Please remember to add quote if the path has space.
robocopy c:\robocopy k:robocopy_mirror /MIR
Step 3(optional). To avoid typing the command repeatedly, you can copy and paste it to notepad, then save it as .bat extension. Then, you can double-click the file and run the file sync process.
Reading here, you may get how to sync folder to network drive. Here are two ways for you. Both of them can help you sync files. But if you want an easier way, you should use AOMEI Backupper. It will automatically mirror folder to network drive at the next schedule or in real-time if you set up schedule settings, such as Real-time sync to network drive, Event-trigger Schedule Backup,etc.
What's more, AOMEI Backupper professional is a multifunactional software. It's not only a backup and restore software but also a disk cloning software. You can use it to clone system, disk and partition.