By Ivy / Last update May 11, 2022

“My Documents” or “Documents” is Microsoft Windows folder, which is used as a default storage for saved documents, such as, Microsoft Word. It’s easy to backup your documents and locate. However, its default location is C: drive (operating system included), which is easy to lose when a system crash occurs.


Why not sync My Documents with network folder?

As you know, My Documents is located on the system drive and has a high risk of losing data. Why not sync my documents with network folder? Here are three ideas for reference only.

  • Network folder is much safe. Compare with network folder, local disk is more vulnerable. Because it will be damaged owing to different reasons, such as, system crash, hard disk failure, virus attack, fire etc. But, in network folder, these issues are not a problem anymore.

  • Save your local disk space. If you synchronize My Documents with network drive, you can get more space on local drive. Because this way will not occupy local disk space.

  • Easy to access My Documents. After syncing, you can copy and view files at any time as long as there is a network connection. 

How to Sync my documents to network drive in Windows 11/10/8/7

In Windows 11/10/8/7, there is a built-in file sync software, namely Sync Center, which can make folder always available offline and you can see it locally anytime anywhere. But this is also a problem with this software, it's only limited to synchronize my documents folder with a network drive. In addition, the schedule settings are limited to a certain time or event.

Make Folder Available Offline Windows

To sync files with multiple storages and enjoy more schedule settings, you could consider using a trust and reliable file sync software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. It can help you sync My Document to network folder  in Windows 10/8/7 easily and quickly. And it supports daily/weekly/monthly schedule sync, email notification, compression, and more. 

Step by step guide: sync My Documents to network drive with AOMEI Backupper

Usually, users are willing to move My Documents to another drive to prevent data from being lost. However, they may still lose data owing to disk failure, virus, stolen etc. Therefore, a new method is generated and now let's see the steps specifically.

1. Download and install AOMEI Backupper Standard. Then, launch it, choose Sync and Basic Sync subsequently.

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File Sync

2. Click +Add Folder and then select Documents on your computer.  

Add Folder

3. Click Select a network location > Add Network Location, then type the path, username, password and click OK.

Select Network Location

Add Network Location

4. Click Schedule and select daily/weekly,/monthly, depending on how often you may modify files in My Documents folder. Also, you can make a comment for clear distinguish.  If everything is right, click Start Sync.



  • Please remember not to change the source folder name, otherwise the software cannot sync it anymore.

  • To unlock more advanced features, such as, Real-time Sync, "Event triggers",  you need to pay for AOMEI Backupper Professional.

  • To make an exact copy of files and folders for disaster recovery, you can automatic backup Windows to network drive with file backup. The image is a compressed inaccessible file, so no one can snoop.

  • To view “My Documents” over network, go to Computer > Network > find the shared computer and “My Documents” folder.


Speaking of syncing “My Document” with network folder, you may feel a little tricky. You can choose move this folder, but there is still a possibility that you may lose data owing to various failure.

To avoid this issue, you have no choice but to sync “My Document” with a network drive. With the help of file sync software AOMEI Backupper, you can automatic sync data, save sync time and disk space.

In addition, the advanced version, such as, AOMEI Backupper Professional, will keep your data up-to-date or allow you to sync data at a specific event. If needed, please upgrade to it.