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How do I automatically sync two directories in Windows 10?

I recently have the need of accessing data on two directories, and they are on different computers with the same network segment. 
I can do this by copying and pasting the updated file on the other folder after every update that I make on the file. But that's what I wish to avoid, because it will slow down my workflow. I hope both directories are always kept in sync. So, how should I do that?
Any reply with helping intention is highly solicited.

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Two Folders In Sync

Why sync two directories in Windows 10?

Keeping two directories in sync in Windows has the same effect of backup at some degree. You may sync files to another directory on external drive or network drive, so once the files on local drive get damaged, you can find their duplications in those places and save the time of restoring.

Meanwhile, more and more people are taking work out of office nowadays. Sometimes we need two folders to keep synchronized so as not to affect the work we do at home.

While working in group, we should inform other colleagues or partners of all the modified or changed project so that everyone can complete the work better. Syncing two folders in real time in Windows can help them be aware of the changes instantly.

Except for the requirements in work, family members also want to sync two directories in Windows. For instance, you may want to sync photos or all-involved videos between different folders after a long journey. 

Surely, you probably have other reasons to do synchronization. Whatever it is, now, finding out how to sync two directories in Windows 7, 10 or XP is the most urgent task.

How to sync two folders in Windows 10?

If you search "sync two directories" or similar keywords online, you may find SyncToy mentioned many times. This tool is released by Microsoft to sync folders between drives and it works well in most situations. It seems to be a little tricky to create a scheduled sync, because you need to enable Task Schedule triggers. However, the trigger is also limited to basic schedule, such as, daily, weekly, monthly, when the computer starts, etc. You cannot create a real-time file sync or enjoy other advanced features.

Also, some users may enable offline files and sync files between network location and local computer. However, the method is limited to this situation. If this is what you need, you can give it a try.

It is not difficult to see that neither of these two methods is the best choice. To sync files in real-time, or sync two folders in different locations, such as, external drive, network drive, cloud drive, or NAS, you need third-party file sync software like AOMEI Backupper Professional. It can not only help you sync two folders on the same computer, but also between different computers in the same network segment. Also, all schedule settings are supported.

Download the file sync software and move on to next part. Start the new journey to sync two directories in Windows 10 automatically.

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Step by step guide: automatically sync two folder in Windows 10 

If one of the directories locates on external hard drive and the like, connect it to your Windows 10 computer in advance. Now, let's have a closer look at how to sync two folders in Windows 10 on schedule.

Step 1. Run AOMEI Backupper and click Sync at the sidebar. Then, select Basic Sync.

File Sync

Note: To monitor changes and sync files in real time, please select Real-Time Sync.

Step 2. Click Add Folder to add the first directory you want to sync from. Then click the folder shaped button at the lower location to select the second directory.

Add Folder

Note: For destination, you can sync files to external hard drive like HDDs, SSDs, and USB thumb drive. You can also sync to network drive and cloud drive (eg: Microsoft OneDrive) etc.

Step 3. Noticed the Schedule option? Click it and set scheduled sync. 

Schedule Settings General

Step 4. Click Start Sync > Add the schedule and start sync now to save this configuration, and it will sync directories for the first time right now.

Start Sync

* If there is no folder on target path, you may want to create one first.
* If your external drive is USB drive, you could consider using "USB plug in". It will sync files from or to USB when it's plugged in again.
* AOMEI Backupper supports Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista, so you can use it to sync two directories in Windows 7 and other PC systems. For server-based computer, you could try AOMEI Backupper Server.

Over to you

Without complex operating steps, you just sync two directories in Windows 10 with a few clicks. AOMEI Backupper is very useful, not only because of its simple operations, but also many practical schedule sync settings. Don't have a duplicate copy of files or folders? Download and try this wonderful file sync tool.

Also, it is still backup & restore, and clone software for Windows 10. You can use it to do more things than you think. For example, you can use it to deploy Windows 10 when repair or replace computer and clone hard disk for upgrade, etc.