Top Two Ways to Set up One-way File Sync in Windows 7/8/10

Posted by @Ivy

October 12, 2018

In this article, I will tell you how to set up one-way file sync with Sync Center and the best free file sync software AOMEI Backupper. See below and learn the detailed steps.

why should you set up one-way file sync

  • overview of one-way file sync

File sync is divided into one-way file sync and two-way file sync. One-way file sync refers that you can only change files and sync files only in one direction. 

During the process of one-way file sync, you need to choose two locations and they are not equivalent. One location is source directory and another is target directory. For example, if you change files in source directory, you can sync it to target directory. But if you change files in target directory, you cannot sync the changed files from target directory to source directory.

  • Reasons to set up one-way file sync

Whether in our life or work, the computer is an essential tool. And we will use it very often. For example, in a work team, we can create a shared folder via computer and use it to save public files or folders. And the folder must be kept up-to-date all the time. Only in this way, every user can see the up-to-date files in time and work well.

To keep files up-to-date, you can choose to sync your files. This operation can satisfy your needs and does not affect the work efficiency.

How to set up one-way file sync in Windows 7/8/10?

Now, we are supposed to talk about how to set up one-way file sync in Windows. Below is the detailed steps:

Since Windows 7, setting up file sync is not difficult. For Windows 7/8/8.1/10, there is a built-in tool called Sync Center. You can use it to sync your files.

Step 1. Access Sync Center. You can navigate to Start Menu > Control panel > Sync Center to summon the main page of Sync Center. 

Step 2. Enable offline files and activate it. You can click Manage offline files and enable offline files, then restart your computer to activate offline files. If you do not restart your computer, you cannot active offline files and use this feature.

Enable Offline Files 2

Step 3. Sync offline files.  You can go to Computer and network location subsequently, then right-click the mapped network drive (R: drive) and select Always available offline. If you just want to sync the specified offline files, you can select files or folders in the mapped network drive, then right-click it and select Always available offline option.

Always Available Offline 1

Step 4. Check your offline files. You can open Sync Center and click View your offline files in the following window. Or you can access your offline files via offline files folder.

View Your Offline Files 1

Sync Center is very useful, especially when you want to sync offline files between network and your computer. But it still has some limitations. The offline files must be always available offline. If not, you cannot sync it. Aside by that, Sync Center can only sync files between network and your computer. If you want to sync files from or to other storage devices, Sync Center will not work as normal. 

Thus, I think you need a proper software. I recommend you the best free file sync software AOMEI Backupper. 

Advanced way to set up one-way file sync in Windows 7/8/10

Best free file sync software

AOMEI Backupper is one of the best free file sync software. Like Sync Center, it can be used to sync files. But,  in AOMEI Backupper, you can sync files from or to various storage devices, including USB drive, SSD, cloud drive like Google Drive, Dropbox, NAS, etc. And the operation can be finished in 4 steps. What's more, you can enjoy more advanced features during the process. 

You can configure email notification and see if your operation is completed successfully. Also, you can sync your files regularly, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly. Aside by that, there is a specific feature called Real-time Sync, which is designed for File Sync, availabled in its Professional edition.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click Backup and File Sync

One Way File Sync

Step 3. Select the shared folder and destination path. You can click Add Folder > Browse > Share/NAS subsequently and select the shared folders from another computer, then choose a destination path. For destination path, you can choose any storage device including internal hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, NAS, cloud storage device, etc.

Add Folders from Shared Folders 1

Step 4. Select settings and sync files. You can click Scheduleand select settings from the drop-down menu. For Schedule Settings, you have 8 choices. You can choose weekly, Monthly, Incremental, etc. After that, back to the main page of File Sync and Click Start Sync.

Schedule Backup

In sum, Sync Center and AOMEI Backupper can sync files. But they are different. If you want to sync offline files between network and your computer, you can use Sync Center. But If you want more advanced features or sync files between various storage device, you can choose the best free file sync software AOMEI Backupper. 

Aside by that, it offers more backup features, such as System Backup, Disk Backup, File Backup, etc.