2 Easy Ways to Sync Files between Computers without Cloud

July 4, 2019

How to sync files between computers without cloud? Read this guide to get two easy ways to make it.

Why you want to sync files between computers without cloud?

Nowadays, more and more people own two or more computers at the same time, like a desktop and a laptop. You may often use the home computer when you are at home and use the portable laptop outside. Sometimes, you may want to have particular files in sync between two computers. Then you can access the files on each device.

The cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive have made it easy for users to sync data between computers. These cloud storage services let you upload files to cloud and keep them synchronized among your devices. However, the cloud hosting service still has its disadvantages.

  • Most of the services offer limited free storage space and you need to pay for additional storage space.

  • There is a risk of data leakage if you choose to store important data on someone else servers.

With these two reasons, you want to sync files between computers without cloud and prefer a safer way to sync data without anyone snooping on them.

In fact, you can easily share files between all your computers by creating shared folders. And these folders can be accessed by any computer on the network that has permission. You can take full control of the shared files. Now let’s start to see how to sync files between computers without storing them in the cloud.

How to sync files between computers without cloud?

Solution 1. Share files over the network

Windows offers a sharing feature that allows anyone in the same network to access the shared folders. It also lets you set custom permissions and other advanced options.

Step 1. Navigate to the folder that you want to share.

Step 2. Right-click the folder and choose Properties.

Step 3. Click the Sharing tab and click the Advanced Sharing... option.

Click Sharing

Step 4. Check the Share this folder option > Click Permissions to customize the permissions for a specific user or group.

Click Permissions

Step 5. You can click Add button to decide the user you want to share the files with by typing its name. The Read permission is checked by default, you can check other permissions as per your need. Finally, click OK to confirm.

Click Ok

Step 6. To access the shared folder: press the Windows key and R key to open Run box > type \\computername (replace the computername with the name of your computer or the internal IP address that you are trying to access).

Besides this traditional way, there’s another method that can also help you sync files to your network. It can help you finish the job in an easier way. Just keep reading to get more info.

Solution 2. Sync files with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is one powerful & free backup tool, which is designed for Windows users. It can also help you keep files in sync between computers without cloud.

1. It allows you to sync folders to network via different storage devices, such as internal hard drive, external hard drive or a USB flash drive.

2. It enables you to set an automatic sync task, and then it will sync the files daily/weekly/monthly.

Next, we will show you how to sync files to the network with AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper > Click Backup option and then choose File Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Name the task > Click Add Folder to choose the folder you need.

Add Folder

Step 3. Select destination path and you can choose Share/NAS.

Share NAS

Step 4. Click Add Network Location> Fill the blanks with accurate information and click OK to continue > Choose the destination path and click OK to confirm.

Add Network Location

Step 5. Click Schedule to create the schedule task. You can choose to make a backup daily/weekly/monthly (You can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Pro to use Event triggers, USB plug in and Real-time Sync) > Finally, click Start Sync to make it.



1. You can click Sync Options to write a comment for the sync task and also enable email notification to tell you the execution result.

2. You’d better not rename the source folder after doing the sync. Otherwise the synchronization task will fail.

3. To find the shared files on other computer, you can click Start menu and type Network > click Network > find the source computer’s name and double click it to access the shared folders.


Now you know how to sync files between computers without cloud. Both two ways can help you make it. But AOMEI Backupper can help you more besides the file sync. It can help you backup your system, disks, partitions, and files to anywhere you want. And also it can help you clone the hard disk with its disk clone feature when you get one new computer.

In a word, AOMEI Backupper can be your best assistant in helping you back up your computer data. Do not forget to give it a try by yourself!