Files and Folders Sync

July 3, 2019

File Sync is a feature which allows you to synchronize files/folders to other locations, such as an external hard drive, NAS, and removable USB flash drive, etc. For File Sync, it is like Window's "copy" feature and it would not create image file after sync process is done so you can view your contents at any time.

File Sync is a feature which allows you to synchronize files/folders to other locations, such as an external hard drive, NAS, and removable USB flash drive, etc. For File Sync, it is like Window's "copy" feature and it would not create image file after sync process is done so you can view your contents at any time. AOMEI Backupper also supports Scheduled Sync and Real-time Sync and following paragraphs will describe how they perform.

To synchronize files

1. Click the "Backup" tab on the left sides and then select "File Sync".

File Sync

2. You can name it for this File Sync Task to help you distinguish it from other sync tasks. Click "Add Folder" to select the folder which you want to synchronize.

Add Folder

3. Select a destination location to store the folder, then click "Start Sync" to perform the operation.

Start Sync

How to create a scheduled File Sync task for your folder?

Method 1: If you have not created any scheduled file sync task, click "Backup", select" File Sync" so it will jump to "File Sync" interface. At this interface, you can select which folder you want to synchronize to perform sync process and you can see "Schedule" option.

Choose Schedule

Method 2: If you have created sync task but you have not enabled "Schedule" feature, you can enable it by clicking the more options button to make it .

Find Schedule

About Schedule Mode

Daily Mode

  • Set a time point in the future to perform the backup task only once.

  • Set a time point to perform the backup task once a day.

  • Set a time frame in a day first, then choose the time interval between the start time and finish time and the program will perform the backup at intervals of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 hours within this time frame every day.

Daily

Weekly Mode

  • Choose a specific day for the backup task from Monday to Sunday.

  • Set a time point and the program will automatically perform the backup at a given time point on the chosen day(s) every week.

Weekly

Monthly Mode

  • Choose a time point on a specific day(Monday-Sunday) of each month to perform the backup task.

  • Choose a time point on a specific day from the calendar to perform the backup task every month and you can select multiple days on the calendar.

Monthly

Event Triggers

There are four event trigger types offered by AOMEI Backupper: User logon, User logoff, System startup, and System Shutdown. Please noted that Event triggers mode is available in paid versions only, like AOMEI Backupper Professional. Please upgrade to professional if necessary.

Event Triggers

1. User logon: Set up to perform a sync task automatically when the user is logged on. Once you log on any user account (administrator or standard), the sync task is performed immediately. If you log on an administrator account, you can see a small tray of AOMEI Backupper which shows the sync progress in the right bottom corner of the desktop. But, if it is a standard account, the sync task is performed in the system background without the visible small tray of AOMEI Backupper in the right bottom corner of the desktop.

2. User logoff: Set up to perform a sync task automatically when the user is logged off. Once you log off any user account (administrator or standard), the sync task is performed in the background immediately. If the sync task has not completed after you log on an account again, it still continues to run. If you log on an administrator account, you can see a small tray of AOMEI Backupper which shows the sync progress. If you shut down PC before the sync task has not completed, AOMEI Backupper will prevent the system from shutting down and then continue to complete the sync task first. After that, the system will turn off automatically after the sync is complete.

3. System startup: Set up to perform sync task automatically when system startup. Once the system startup, even though you have not logged on an account to enter in the desktop, the sync task will run in the background immediately. If the sync task hasn't completed after you enter into the desktop, it will still continue to run and you can see a small tray of AOMEI Backupper which shows the sync progress after you enter into the desktop through an administrator account. If you shut down PC before the sync task is complete, AOMEI Backupper will prevent the system from shutting down and then continue to complete the sync task first. After that, the system will turn off automatically after the sync task is complete. In addition, you can set time to delay performing the sync task. For instance, you set up 5 minutes, so the sync task starts to run after 5 minutes when the system startup.

4. System shutdown: Set up to perform sync task automatically when the system shut down. When you click “shut down", AOMEI Backupper will prevent the system from shutting down to perform the sync task first and you can see the information on the screen. If the data is a little bit large, it will stay longer here. After that, the system will turn off automatically after the sync is complete. Please noted that if system update is running after clicking "shut down", the sync task will run after the system update has completed.

How to create a Real-time Sync task?

For Real-time Sync task (available in AOMEI Backupper Pro), it belongs to Scheduled File Sync task and Aomei Backupper can monitor source data which need to synchronize in real time. So if you want to use this feature, please create a real-time sync task. Click "Backup", select "File Sync" and you will enter in File Sync interface. Click "Add Folder" to select the folder which you want to synchronize, choose the destination path, and then click "Real-time Sync" option. Or you can click "Schedule" to find it.

Add Folder

When you select Real-time Sync feature, you can also tick "When deleting the source, files in the destination are also deleted" option so there is no need for you to manually delete these files from the destination location.

Real Time Sync

For more detailed info about how Real-time Sync works, please refer to real-time file sync.

Advanced option

When you click the" Schedule" option, you will see "Advanced" feature next to "General" so you can select which way below to run this task.

Schedule Settings Advanced

Sync Options

When creating a Sync task, you can see "Sync Options". Click it and in the pop-up window, you will see there are two features, one is "Comments" and then another one is "Enable Emal Notification". You can write comments for this task to help you distinguish it from other sync tasks and you can also enable email notification for this task so you will know the backup result.

Sync Settings

Disable the "Scheduled" option

If you want to disable your scheduled File Sync task, Go to Home > find the backup task > click more options button> Schedule > Do not schedule to cancel it.

Do Not Schedule

Notes:

1. For Real-time Sync, AOMEI Backupper does not support Email Notification and for Event Triggers feature, it is in the paid version.

2. Please don't modify the folder name of the source after doing file sync, otherwise, the program can not synchronize it anymore.

3. For a new sync process, if the source file name is the same as one of the destinations which have been synced before, the destination one will be overwritten. There is no way to keep a different version of a file.

4. The maximum file path of file sync is restricted by the maximum path of Windows API limitation to 256 characters. So, please check the names of folders you are going to synchronize and shorten them when it's necessary. AOMEI Backupper can't synchronize folders which have special characters in their names.

5. For common scheduled sync task, if you delete a file in the source folder, the file won't be deleted in the destination because AOMEI Backupper supports added file or changed files to be synchronized to the destination location. If you need the files to be deleted from destination location when they are deleted from the source folder, please use "Real-time Sync" feature and select "When deleting the source, files in the destination are also deleted" option so it can achieve your intention.

6. When performing the File Sync operation, AOMEI Backupper syncs the original folder to the destination location and it cannot sync the contents only under the original folder to the destination location.

7. AOMEI Backupper currently only supports one-way sync. In other word, it can synchronize folder from Folder One to Folder Two, but it can't synchronize back from Folder Two to Folder One after adding new files in Folder two.

8. If you synchronize system C drive to another disk, it is impossible to boot from the disk you sync to because Aomei Backupper only copies all data under C: drive to another disk and it does not copy the special configuration of your system.

9. File Sync supports VSS(Volume Shadow Copy Service), therefore, it can normally synchronize files that are being used or occupied by other programs. But you need to make sure that the "Volume Shadow Copy" service in your computer is enabled. If some files are in use by other programs exclusively, they are not synchronized.

10. For the real-time sync feature, Putting the NAS as the source is not supported.

11. If there are some special system files or folders with special security attributes in source folders, they won't be synchronized and the program will prompt to skip them.

12. The main function of File Sync is to help you to synchronize working files and user data files, however, if there are some special system files or files with special security attributes in source folders (e.g. C:\boot\bcd, C:\Windows\CSC), they are not synchronized.

13. If the target path is located in FAT/FAT 32 partition, any files larger than 4 GB won't be synced to the target path because a single file larger than 4 GB cannot be stored on FAT/FAT 32 partition.

14. After synchronizing file, any changes for the files and folder stored under the destination location will cause the files and folders under the destination location inconsistently compared to the source.