Sync Folders between Drives in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 (with Video)

This article will provide you with 2 reliable sync tools and illustrate how to sync folder between drives in Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 automatically.


By Ivy Updated on March 22, 2024

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User case: How do I sync one folder to another?


I'd like to sync my Library and desktop folders with an external hard drive. These files change every day and are important to me. I want to create a folder in the external drive to store files that are synced from my computer, because I also want to place other data on that drive. I want a fast, secure, user-friendly and free tool for that. What sync tool in Windows should I use to make Windows sync between folders on different drives? Thanks.

There are some situations in which you need to perform file or folder synchronization between different locations. One of the most common scenarios is to sync files to external hard drive to keep data safe, while some other users may want to sync files to Cloud drives or sync external drive to Cloud to protect data or share files with others.

Whichever case you are in, the purpose is to ensure important data safe and updated. So, how can you sync folders between drives in Windows 11/10/8/7 efficiently and securely?

Video Tutorial:

Effective methods to sync folders between drives in Windows 11/10/8/7

As we all know, the easiest way to sync files and folders between drives is to copy & paste in File Explorer. But if the data in the source folder changes frequently, it can be laborious to copy it manually.

Two Folders In Sync

To save this trouble, there's an advanced way to do file/folder copy - command line. It enables you to customize the synchronization with some commands and parameters. But if you are not falimilar with CMD, it may be difficult and error-prone to do so. Anyway, you can refer to this guide to copy files from one folder to another with schedule.

If you want a fast, secure and user-friendly solution just as the user in the above case, then you might be more suitted to free tool with intuitive GUI. I will introduce 2 ways you can try in the following article.

Way 1. Auto sync folders between drives in Windows 10/11 - Free & Easy

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup & restore tool that embeds with a powerful Sync feature. It allows you to synchronize multiple files and folders from one drive to another drive, even on different disks.

AOMEI Backupper
Free Windows Sync Software
  • Full sync functions: Sync files to other internal/external drives in Windows 11/10/8/7, or sync local folder to OneDrive, Google Drive, NAS, network share, etc.
  • Deletion sync: Sync the deletions in the source directory to the destination directory as well.
  • Auto sync: Automatically sync folders with a schedule of Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, and USB plug in.

With this tool, you can even sync files between desktop and laptop. Reading here, you may want to give it a shot. Just download this software and follow the steps below to perform Windows sync folders between drives.

1. Free download and install AOMEI Backupper. Start it to get into the main console.

2. Click Sync and then Basic Sync.

✎Advanced sync modes available in Pro edition:
Real-Time Sync: Sync changed files from the source to the destination in real time.
Mirror Sync: Keep the files in destination exactly the same as in source folder.
Two-Way Sync: Sync changed files between source and destination to the other side mutually.

File Sync

3. Click on Add Folder to add the source folder (i.e. the Left Folder in SyncToy). All subfolders will be synced by default.

Add Folder

4. Click the second column to add the destination folder (i.e. the Right Folder in SyncToy). Or, click the inverted triangle at the end of the second column to add network locations.

Target Folder

5. Click Schedule Sync > Enable Schedule Sync to set Daily, Weekly, or Monthly mode if you want to sync folders between drives automatically instead of manually.

Schedule Settings

6. Click Start Sync to sync files right now or at the next schedule time.

Click Options to set email notification or sync deletions if you want to. And you can enjoy more advanced sync features if you upgrade to Professional edition.
You are allowed to manage all sync tasks in Home tab.
 It is not allowed to sync files or folders to CD/DVD/Blue-Ray.

Way 2. Use SyncToy to sync files between folders in Windows

SyncToy is a free sync tool that is designed by Microsoft. It helps you sync files and folders between different data locations or devices. SyncToy is a good tool for less experienced computer users due to its graphical user interface. Let’s get to know how to make Windows 10 sync folders between drives with this free tool. However, it should be noted that SyncToy was discontinued in January 2021 and was not available for download anymore. 

1. Run SyncToy on your computer if you have installed it.

2. Click on Create New Folder Pair beneath.

Create New Folder Pair

3. Choose the folders you want to sync from and to, the Left Folder for the source folder and the Right Folder for the destination folder. Click Browse to select.

Browse Folders

4. Select sync mode in "What do you want to do?" step. Here are three options available, Synchronize, Echo, and Contribute. Get to know them and choose the right one for yourself. For your information, Echo is the most common used one.

>> Synchronize: Sync files and changes, either new, updated, renamed or deleted files, to the other locations when detected.

>> Echo: Transfer only changes from left folder to right folder, which is also called one-way file synchronization.

>> Contribute: Transfer only changed files except for deletions to the right folder.

Choose Sync Mode

5. Now, name the folder pair to distinguish. Click Finish to exit the wizard and you've done.

You can rename and delete existing folder pair.
You can create another new folder pair by repeating above steps if the need ever arises.
You can schedule SyncToy in Windows 10 or Windows 7 with the help of Task Scheduler.

SyncToy may not always be the best choice

It is very easy to keep Windows sync folders between different drives or on the same drive. Nevertheless, you need to turn to other sync tools in some cases. 

For example, if you find SyncToy not copying all files or not syncing subfolders during the process. Or, you want to perform a real-time sync task, not just regular sync mode in Task Scheduler. Further, if you want to sync more than one folder to the same place, you need to create more than one folder pair. And you can only schedule Synctoy with help of Task Scheduler.

Fortunately, you can remedy those regrets in another way using the free file sync software - AOMEI Backupper.

FAQs about Windows sync folders

#1. Does Windows 10 have file synchronization?

Yes, Sync Center is a built-in file synchronization feature in Windows 10. You can use it to sync data between two computers or your computer and a network drive. Additionally, you may sync data with a cloud storage platform like OneDrive using Sync Center. But Sync Center may not work in folder sync between drives.

#2. Does Windows provide a native feature for automatic folder syncing between drives?

Windows does not have a built-in feature for continuous automatic syncing between drives, but scheduled tasks or scripts can be used for periodic syncing.

#3. How do I sync files between computers in Windows 10?

You can sync data between PCs using professional sync software, like AOMEI Backupper, which allows you to sync files across all Windows devices easily.

#4. Can I sync folders between internal and external drives in Windows?

Yes, you can sync folders between any combination of internal and external drives using tools like Robocopy, Xcopy, or third-party synchronization software.

#5. How do I perform data sync between PCs?

Using AOMEI Backupper software, you can do files or folders across devices with the help of Share and NAS devices.


Two easy ways are provided to make Windows sync folders between drives in Windows 10 and Windows 7. Syncing files to external hard drive can be achieved easily as well. But sometimes SyncToy cannot satisfy your needs when you want to sync files or folders automatically, even in real-time. And you cannot sync more than one folder simultaneously with it. In this case, AOMEI Backupper will be a better choice.

And it also allows you to backup to Cloud in simple and secure way.  AOMEI Backupper provides users with their own cloud drive - AOMEI Cloud. When you sign up for an AOMEI account, it will give you 1TB of free storage space for 15 days.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.