How to Perform Incremental File Sync in Windows 10/8/7

July 1, 2016

Incremental file sync with free sync software to only sync the changed files since the last file synchronization.

About incremental file sync

As we all know, synchronizing the entire source folder especially when it is large will take a lot of time. If a folder sync task fails in the middle, then the target folder may have no files because it will remove all files on the destination folder before synchronizing the entire folder. Hence, incremental file sync, a type of file sync to only synchronize the new added files and changed files since the last synchronization, was introduced. To have the modified and new created files synchronized makes the file sync more efficient and avoid unnecessary trouble.

Free File sync software

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free piece of file backup and sync software. It supports file level incremental file sync, which means the complete file will be synchronized if a file is modified since the last sync. It is supported to sync files to NAS shared folder, so you can access the same files on another computer. When you sync a folder, you can set a file filter to include or exclude certain kinds of files, which is quite handy. You can also create a schedule to run the file sync automatically, so the sync will be updated frequently. What’s more, you can also set the scheduled/automatic sync on different events, like system shutdown or startup.

Set up incremental file sync

As mentioned, AOMEI Backupper is completely free to use, so you can just follow the step by step tutorial to start an incremental sync to sync changed files only.

Step1. Download and run AOMEI Backupper Standard. Under the “Backup” tab, roll down to the bottom and select “File Sync”.

File Sync

Step2. Specify the source folder that you want to sync by clicking Add Folders.

Add Folder

Step3. Specify the destination location path by clicking “Step2”.

Target Location

Step4. Check Schedule box, and in a pop out windows, you can set a schedule to sync at a specific time daily/weekly/monthly, or at shutdown or startup.

Start Sync

Step5. You can also have the program to notify you about the sync through email in “Sync Options”. Then click “Start Sync”.

After the first full file sync, the program will perform incremental file sync by default. If you only want to make a backup copy in case data loss, you can also use the feature “File Backup” or “Disk Backup”. Besides that, you can also use AOMEI Backupper to clone hard drive to SSD or another HDD in the event of hard drive upgrade.