By Lily / Last update April 2, 2021

What is SyncToy?

Sync files can bring you a big convenience for working on different PCs. It can sync your files so that you can update the data in synchronization.

SyncToy is a file sync software developed by Microsoft. It is free and it can use graphical user interface to synchronize local or network files/folders automatically and keep track of renames to files to ensure the changed folders can be synchronized. This free tool can save the sync data in multiple locations and devices. 

Besides, it is possible to update the information of sync files and notify it as duplicated, discontinued, or spam. However, syncToy has many shortages:

  • SyncToy can’t synchronize those not WebDAV such as “Windows Mobile” files or folders. If you want to synchronize removale device files or folders, the SyncToy can’t help.

  • SyncToy only supports Windows 7/Vista and XP. Thus, you can not use it to workaround on Windows 8 and Windows 10. And this is the reason why SyncToy fails to sync data and files in Windows 10.

Well, you may asked, "What if I need to sync removable devices' files and folder, what can I do?" "What if I upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 or Windows 10, how can I sync files and folders in Windows 10?" "Is there any SyncToy alternative?"

The Best Free Alternative to SyncToy

As we mentioned above, the SyncToy is a great tool designed by Microsoft, and it has a strong feature to synchronize files and folders to the different locations and devices. But it also has shortages we list above. 

Fortunately, you can find a free SyncToy alternative, which is more powerful than SyncToy to make up for the deficiency that you can use to synchronize removable device files or folders, and sync files and folders in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP.

Speaking of synchronization software, here we highly recommend AOMEI Backupper Standard, which has the strong functions beyond sync files. AOMEI File Sync has the powerful one-way function, and supports schedule sync. It can not only synchronize folders to local disks or devices, but also synchronize folders to other computers by LAN/NAS. 

What's more, it is free for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP users. It should be the best alternative to Microsoft SyncToy.

How to Sync Files with AOMEI Backupper Standard?

AOMEI Backupper Standard added “File Sync”, which can synchronize files in a simple way. It is better than SyncToy not only because of the strong function but also the operating. It is only need two steps so that you can finish the command.

Before you do, you must know:

  • It is not allowed that synchronize the single file more than 4 GB to FAT/FAT32, cause it only supports up to 4 GB single file.

  • It is not allowed that synchronize files or folders to CD/DVD/Blue-Ray.

  • AOMEI Backupper File Sync can only support one-way sync file at present. That is to say, you can synchronize the files from one folder to another folder, but you can’t synchronize the files from the later one to the former one.

Download AOMEI Backupper Standard free, install and launch it.

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Step 1. Click “Sync” and select “Basic Sync” as the following picture.

File Sync

Step 2. After opening the “Basic Sync”, you can choose the sync files you would like by clicking “Add Folder” at the interface and select another location for the destination path. Then, click “Start Sync”.

Tips: you can click “Options” to set up the specific sync file requirements. It includes comments and notification. Click “Schedule” can set up schedule for file sync like daily, weekly, monthly or event triggers or USB plug in (available in AOMEI Backupper Professional). 

Add Folder

Thus, you have finished sync files.

After finished the sync, you can go back to the “Home” tab to do more operations about the sync task, like “Restore”, “Sync Now”, “Schedule”.

The “Restore” can restore all the sync files to the source folder or other folder. “Sync Now” seems more like a manual sync. If you didn’t set up schedule sync, you can use it to make up. What's more, you can also “Locate Sync” to check the sync folder; “Delete Sync” can give up the sync file task; “Properties” contains all the information of the sync file.


AOMEI Backupper File Sync is the best free SyncToy alternative. If you have any question about AOMEI Backupper File Sync, please visit FAQ about AOMEI File Sync.