By Ivy / Last Updated October 21, 2020

What Is the Best Free WD Sync Alternative?

“Does anyone know some good and simple alternative software to WD sync? I’m having too many problems with WD sync app. It quits unexpectedly, no storage devices found, certain types of files or folders are not synchronized, save several versions of the same file because of conflicts, some files do not open any more after synchronization, WD sync hangs when logging into mycloud.com. It’s just not reliable! Thanks.”

Don’t worry about this problem, and I’ll introduce you WD sync and two alternative software to WD sync, including Sync Center, AOMEI Backupper Standard. Both alternative software are free, but which one is the best choice? The answer will be revealed below.

What Is WD Sync?

WD Sync is a file synchronization software for Windows 10,/8.1/8/7 that can be used both in a Local Area Network (LAN), as well as a Wide Area Network (WAN). This allows users to sync their folders with their My Cloud storage devices through a secure connection over the Internet.

Wd Sync

If you have WD digital hard drive and My Cloud account, you can sync files to WD My Cloud for data security. And the saved data on cloud drive will not be affected by computer issues, such as, system crashes, disk failure, virus attack, etc. It makes up for the disadvantages of local backup or external backup.

For Western Digital hard drives, you can consider the most popular one, WD Blue 1TB for best budget, WD blue 4TB famous for best capacity, WD Black 6TB know as best performance.

WD Sync Alternative for Windows – Sync Center

Speaking of WD sync alternative for Windows, you may think about Sync Center. It’s a free sync tool built-in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and can sync offline files between local computer and network server. Besides, it makes files or folders on network servers always available offline.

To sync offline files with Sync Center, use the following steps:

1. Map network drive to local computer.

Press “Win+R” to open the Run window, type IP address of your network drive, right-click the shared folder and select “Map network drive” from the context menu, then go to the mapped network drive, right-click the offline files or folders and choose “Always available offline”. Finally, just wait until the process ends.

Always Available Offline

2. Go to “Sync Center” and enable offline files.

Type “Sync Center” in the search box and select it, click “Manage offline files” and click “Enable offline files” in the “Offline Files” window, then restart your computer to activate this offline folder.

Enable Offline Files

3. Schedule sync offline files with “Sync Center”.

Go to “Sync Center” and “View sync partnerships”, double-click the mapped network drive to access the offline files and hit the “Schedule” button on the menu bar, then follow the on-screen instructions to finish the rest of steps.

Click Offline Files Folder

Now, you may successfully sync your offline files. But some users complain that Sync Center is not working as expected. And this software can only sync files between computer and network servers. It doesn't matter, you have another option in the following.

WD My Cloud Alternative for Windows – AOMEI Backupper Standard

File synchronization makes an exact copy of your files on two or more locations and you can access and edit them anytime. If that's what you want, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Standard. Honestly, it's one of the best free alternative software to WD sync and able to sync files in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP easily and quickly, even with open files. It works stably without any error. It supports multiple backup devices, including external hard drive, USB Drive, network drive, NAS, cloud drive, etc.

Besides, here are some advantages of this software:

  • Schedule Sync: To continuously protect your data, schedule sync like daily/weekly/monthly is needed.

  • Email Notification: To get final result easily and quickly without waitting, email notification can do you a big favor. It will inform you whether the task was completed successfully or if there were any error messages in the process.

  • Three Compression Level: To save disk space, especially sync large amount of files simultaneously, compression level in this software can help you. Please note high compression level requires more time.

To sync files to WD My Cloud, use the following steps:

1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and open the software. Then, click “Sync" and “Basic Sync” in order.

File Sync

2. Click “+ Add Folder” and select the folder containing all files you want to sync.

Add Folder

3. Click where the arrow point and select a folder on WD My Cloud. You can choose to sync local folders to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, NAS or other storage.

Select Sync Destination

4. Set a schedule setting for continuously data protection. Click “Schedule”, then select daily, weekly, or monthly. Also, you can set “Email Notification” or “Compression” with backup options. At last, click “Start Sync” to begin the pending operation.

Schedule Settings General

Notes:
Please don't modify the source folder name of schedule task, otherwise this software will not sync any changes.
If you edit files very frequently, even within a few minutes, it's suggested to sync files in real-time with AOMEI Backupper Professional. So, you can monitor files and sync changes including deleted files immediately.

WD Sync not working, how to solve it?

According to some users, WD Sync is not working sometimes. It is in pending status and not sync all files. This occurs when a file of the exact same name is added or modified during an active WD Sync operation. Also when the My Cloud cannot process the change fast enough, the file remains in pending status.

To solve this issue, you can follow the steps below:

1. Stop WD Sync and exit the WD App Manager.

2. Move the pending files out of the WD Sync folder to another location on the computer.

3. Start WD Sync and delete or add some content to the WD Sync folder. Sync changes to the directory hosting the pending files can be seen using MyCloud.com or the My Cloud mobile app.

4. Wait for 3 to 5 minutes, then the WD Sync software will update the My Cloud of the changes.

5. Copy the files back into the WD Sync folder in the same location or in another directory.

6. The files moved back into the directory should start syncing to the My Cloud.

Conclusion

When it comes to WD sync alternative, you have 2 choices. If you want to sync offline files, you can use Sync Center. But if you want to sync all files with various storage, free file sync software AOMEI Backupper is a great choice. It’s easy to use, stable, and has a more advanced features, such as, “Schedule Sync”, “Real-time Sync”, and so on.

Besides, this software is also a backup and restore tool. If the WD Backup not working, you can also use this software to backup data for protection. It supports system backup, disk backup, partition backup file backup, incremental and differential backup, dissimilar hardware restore, bootable media etc.