How to Sync Folders in Windows 8.1?

Posted by @Joy

April 28, 2018

Here you can know what is folder sync and it’s importance, also the methods of Windows 8.1 sync folders.

Scenario: For work reasons, I often work at home. My company's computer and home computer each have an identical folder to store working files. Each update must be updated separately, which is a waste of my time.

What is folder sync? Is it important?

Sync is an abbreviation of synchronization, the coordination of events to keep them in time. Folder sync is a process of replicating the folders to other locations to keep those two or more locations having the same data, and keep them newly-created or updated folders from the source directory to the target directory. When you are doing the folder sync, it will scan both folders and compare with the source directory to find the changed files, and transmit the needed files or delete the needless files to keep the folders sync.

With folder sync, you can set up your computer to automatically back up a specific folder. Nowadays users have different folders, partitions, and different devices to manage files. Sometimes you need to edit the files from different devices, and keep two folders exactly in sync. In this case, folders sync is especially important. No matter for Windows 8.1 or other OS, folder sync can be a certain way of data backup. And we can prevent important files from being lost due to system crash or data broken by folder sync.

Sync folders with Windows 8.1 native sync

Windows 8.1 has the function to sync folders named Work Folders. To some people this feature can be very useful, especially to people that have many devices and need to work also on their personal PCs and devices. Work Folders allows users to sync a folder from the company network to their personal devices, and files created locally will sync back to the file server in the corporate environment. Through Work Folders, users can keep local copies of their work files on their personal devices, and automatic synchronization to the company data center. Here's how to set up Work Folders on the client side.

Click the “Control Panel” > “System and Security” > “Work Folders”.

Control Panel

Find Work Folders

Personal devices will ask you to provide your email address and company domain credentials, as well as your username and the password for use on your company network. Just like the picture below.

Enter Work Email

After that, enter the users name and password used on your company's network.

Enter Work Folder

Next you can set up Work Folders as you want to sync folders.

Free folder sync software

There was a problem finding in your Work Folders server. If the computer doesn't have third-party protection software installed, the Windows Defender shipped with the Windows 8.1 is enabled by default.This will causes a large amount of system resources to be used for scanning files and the speed of opening the folders will slow down, there is no response for half a day. If other protection software is installed, Windows Defender should automatically shut down. That means the Native sync cannot keep running, but you can find a third party software to solve this problem. And you can do Windows 8.1 folder to folder sync easily, too. Compare with other software, we recommend AOMEI Backupper Standard. This free folder sync software has multiple powerful functions, such as backup, restore and clone. Besides, it's easier than Windows 8.1 native sync. Only need two steps you can sync your folders.

How to sync folders in Windows 8.1 with AOMEI Backupper?

The specific steps of how to sync folders in windows 8.1 with AOMEI Backupper is below. Let's see it.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard edition. Click “Backup” on the left sidebar, then click “File Sync”.

File Sync

Step 2. You will see the interface like the following picture, and click “Add Folder” in the “Step 1” to select the folders you want to synchronize. After that, select a target directory where you would like to put the files in at the “Step 2”. Then, click the “Start Sync”.

Start Sync

With this two easy steps, the sync folders is finished. If you want to do more job for it, you can click “Sync Options” to set up more specific details. You can click “Schedule” to set up automatic sync too. There are general settings of daily, weekly, monthly, also event triggers and real-time sync. If you want to do folder sync with event trigger or real-time sync, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.