How to Sync My Documents with Network Folder Easily?

Posted by @Eileen

November 20, 2018

If you want to sync My Documents with network folder, you can read this article and find the easiest way to achieve this goal.

The case

I'm trying to sync Windows 7 "Documents" folder to the server. I would like the docs to sit on the C drive and sync to the z drive. In the past, people would just redirect the docs to Z, but every time you install something you would get "invalid Z drive" because the Documents folder was mapped to Z not C.

Why sync My Documents with network folder?

My Documents is supposed to be a personal area where Windows users store their personal non-shared data. After Windows Vista appeared, it was called Documents only. Although My Documents brings convenience to users, its default location is C: drive, which contains the operating system. Thus, My Documents is easy to lose when a system crash occurs.

Usually, users move My Documents to another drive to prevent their data from being lost. You may have encountered the above issue. Why not sync My Documents with network folder? Three main reasons are responsible for this idea.

  • Save your disk space. If you synchronize My Documents with network drive, your disk space will not be occupied.

  • Easy to access My Documents. After syncing, the computers on the same LAN can copy and view the folder.

  • Protect your data. You don’t have to worry about the hard disk failure or system crash, because the network drive can protect your personal data efficiently.

The best software for syncing My Documents with network folder

AOMEI Backupper, a professional sync and backup software, can help you synchronize My Documents folder with a network drive easily. It allows you to sync files/folders to network, NAS devices or cloud drives.

This useful software can run smoothly on Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP. Other practical features like backing up files/folders, restoring files/folders, cloning documents are also available in this freeware. You can use them to protect your data.

How to sync My Documents with network drive? Here are detailed steps for your reference.

How to sync My Documents to network drive step by step?

Step 1. Download, install and open the software. Choose Backup from the left side. Then click File Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. The Task Name can be modified by your needs. Click Add Folder in Step 1. Choose Browse in the pop-up window to select Documents. Then click OK.

Add Folder

Step 3. Click Step 2 to add the network. Go Share/NAS > Add share or NAS device > Share or NAS path to input the network path. Then click OK.

Add Network

Step 4. If all things are right, you can click Start Sync.

Start Sync

Notes:

  • If you want to distinguish My Documents from others easily, you can write a comment for your current operation by clicking Sync Options in step 4.

  • You can click Schedule in step 4 to setup automatic files sync. There are six modes under the General tab: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in and Real-time Sync. The last three options are supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional.

  • Do not change the folder name of the source. Otherwise the software cannot sync it anymore.

  • If you want to view My Documents over network, you can go Computer > Network to find the shared computer. Then you can open this computer to find My Documents.

Summary

Simple steps make your synchronization effortless. AOMEI Backupper can help you sync My Documents with network folder easily and efficiently. It is recommended that you sync your files/folders frequently with this freeware. With the best software, you can also backup files to external drive, sync any local folder to OneDrive.