How to Sync Folder to a Network Drive with Ease

Posted by @Ivy

October 29, 2017

want to sync folder to Network Drive in real-time, you could try AOMEI Backupper software with multiple powerful functions

Sync Folders:

Sync(short for Synchronization) folder allows you to automatically store two or more identical folders and keep all changed folders from the source directory to destination directory. In our life, there are different reasons to sync folders to network drive. For example, you want to see all the prior folders available offline.

Are You Missing Any Changes?

There is a scenario: you want to sync every change in your folders including new folders, changed folders, deleted folders etc, but do not ensure how to do it?

Some users try Microsoft’s Sync Toy, but it can only sync by hand or schedule. Others try Dsynchronize, it works well but still has some shortcomings. For example: If a large number of folders changed in a few minutes, it can not sync correctly. Take it easy. AOMEI Backupper can support sync folder to a network drive in real-time. In Real-time Sync, if there is any change happens to your folders, the program will sync it immediately. Thus, you are not afraid to miss any change in your folders. 

Sync Folder to Network Drive with Windows 7 Sync Center

In Windows 7, there is a built-in tool called Sync Center. It allows you to access files or folders on the network drive when you are disconnect from network. Also, it allows you to sync offine files to your network drive. 

Enable offline files

To Sync folder with Sync Center, the first thing is to enable offine files. If you do not enable it, you cannot use Sync Center.

Step 1Click “Start Menu” and type “Sync Center” in the search box, then choose it from start menu list. Or  you can navigate to "Start Menu" > "Control Panel" and select "Small icons" from the drop-down menu of "View by" tab, then select "Sync Center" from this window.

Step 2: Click “Manage offline files” at the left panel of this window

Step 3: Click “Enable offline files” under the “General” tab after you access “Offline Files” window and restart your computer to activate it. If you do not restart your computer, you cannot activate offline files folder on your computer. 

Enable Offline Files 1

Step 4: After your computer boot successfully, go to the mapped network drive, right-click it and select “Always available offline”from the context menu. If you do not want to make entire mapped network drive offline, you can choose specific files or folders, right-click it and select “Always available offline".

Always Available Offline

Step 5Wait for the final result after you receive a message telling you that your files will be available offline. After that, you can see your offline files from your mapped network drive.

Note: You will see a list of folders from your mapped network drive as it has cached a list of the folders. But you can only access files made available offline. If you try to open a folder not made available offline, it will appear to be empty until you connect to the network again.

Sync folder to network drive with Windows 7 Sync Center

Step 1: Type “Sync Center” in the search box and select it

Step 2: Right-click Offline Files, then select "Sync Offline Files" or "Schedule for Offline Files" from the context menu and follow the prompt to finish the rest of steps.

Sync Folder with Windows 7 Sync Center

Sync Folder to Network Drive with AOMEI Backupper

In Window 7, you can sync folder using Sync Center. But if you want an easier way or enjoy more advanced features, you can choose real-time file sync software AOMEI Backupper. With it, you just need a few clicks. It does not require any specialized knowledge. And it allows you to sync files or folders via various storage device, such as Internal hard drive, External hard drive, USB flash hard drive, ect. What'more, you can set up Schedule Setting during the process you sync files or folders. For Schedule Settings, you can choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Real-time Sync, etc. If you want to sync folder to network drive using Real-time sync, you need to upgrade it to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 1: Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, then click "File Sync" under the "Backup" tab.

File Sync

Step 2: In this window, you need to do two steps sequentially. In Step 1, you should click “Add Folder”, and then choose the folder you want to Sync. In Step 2, you are supposed to select your network drive as your destination path.

Select Folder and Network Drive

Step 3:  Click "Schedule" at the bottom of this window and select "Real-time Sync" At last, click “Start Sync”, and wait for a period of time.

Real Time File Sync to Network Drive

Notice:

1. If you are still afraid to miss something, you could tick “Run missed sync at the next system startup” under the Schedule button. In this case, you can check sync folders again when you start up your computer. 

2. During the process of file sync, you can manually select “On completion” to check its completeness. Also, you can select “Shut down PC". If you check it, your computer will automatically shutdown after your backup task finish.

Summary

For Syncing folder to network drive in Windows 7, you have two choices. Sync Center is very useful which allows you to access files or folders on the network drive when you are disconnect from network. Also, you can use it to sync offline files. Aside by Windows 7 Sync Center, you still can use magic file sync software AOMEI Backupper Professional. Compared with Sync Center, it's much easier. Also, it provide more advanced features for you, such as Real-time sync to network drive, Event-trigger Schedule Backup,etc. 

What's more, AOMEI Backupper professional is a multifunactional software. It's not only a backup and restore software but also a disk cloning software. For backup and restore features, it offers you File Sync, File Backkup, Partition Backup, etc. For clone feaature, it offers Disk Clone, System Clone, ect.