how to sync files between two computers

In the last ten years, information technology and computer science is developed rapidly, the digital data increasing fast as well. And there probably you may own more than one computer in your family and company. Sometimes, it’s necessary to share your data between computers to working efficiently. 

Hence, how to share your data with another computer to get the latest version of your files seamlessly working? Then file sync comes to help.

Does Windows have a File Sync Tool?

As a matter of fact, Windows computer does not provide any file sync software to sync files between computers.

Although Backup and Restore allow you to create system backups, and all the data be backed up has been compressed, if you want to use it, a restoration is needed. Otherwise, it’s cannot be used.

File History can only back up your files in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. 

Therefore, you cannot use the Windows backup software to sync files as you want, not to mention that sync files between computers, or sync files between servers, etc.

If you would like to sync files easily, a third-party free file synchronization software is required. Don’t worry, we will show you 3 solutions for your reference.

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Solution 1. FreeFileSync

FreeFileSync is a file sync tool for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 to sync files to different devices. Here are the detailed steps to create file sync in Windows 10:

  1. Drag and drop (or click Browse) at the left side to select the folders that you want to sync.
  2. Drag and drop (or click Browse) at the right side to choose another folder.

click Browse

3. Click Compare to show you the difference between the two folders.

Click Compare

4. Click Synchronize at the top right corner of the window to start sync files easily.

Click Synchronize

If you compare the two folders, it’s difficult for you to know how to do next. And the interface is quite complex.

Solution 2. Allway Sync

Allway Sync is a file sync software, which allows you to sync files between computer, or to a different storage device for Windows 7/8/8.1/10, and Server 2008/2012/2016/2019. Here is how to create a file sync task:

Step 1. Perform Allway Sync, click Add New Job at the Job section.

Step 2. Click Browse to choose the source folder on the left side, do the same on the right side to select a destination folder.

click Browse

Step 3. Click the Analyze button to see the details about the files and folders in the source and destination folder.

Step 4. Click Synchronize to sync files between two computers.

Click Synchronize to sync

Solution 3. AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backuper Standard not only a free backup software but also a professional file synchronization software that helps you sync files between computers in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP. And it has an easy-to-use interface to make things easier.

Before syncing files, please create a network shared folder on the destination computer.

Here is how to sync files between computers in Windows 10:

Step 1. Perform AOMEI Backupper Standard, choose Sync tab at the left side, then choose Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder to choose the folders and files to sync. Modify the Task Name is required to differ from other backups.

Click Add Folder

Step 3. Hit the triangle icon > Select a network location > Add Network Location, input the IP address of the destination computer, and the credentials, click OK. Choose the network shared folder as the destination.

Select a network location

Add Network Location

Step 4. Tap Schedule > choose Daily, Weekly, or Monthly in General tab to automatically backup files on a regular basis.

Tap Schedule

Step 5. Click Start Sync >> to sync files between two computers to transfer easily.

Tip: Options allows you to comment on the sync task, enable email or SMS notification to get email or SMS after the synchronization, etc.

If you prefer to sync files to the cloud, like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc, please try cloud backup.

The Epilogue

Compared with the three file synchronization software, every file sync tool has its pros and cons, just find a suitable way to sync files between two computers.

  • FreeFileSync is for Windows PCs and offers you free sync features to sync files easily. However, it may not work sometimes while syncing.
  • Allway Sync is for Windows PCs and Servers, and like FreeFileSync, It gives you powerful sync functions to choose. But when using the Allway Sync, It shows me an error notification several times that makes me confused.
  • AOMEI Backupper is for Windows PCs too and provides you basic sync with reliable performance. 

For Windows PCs, you could choose any of them.

For Windows Servers, Allway Sync could be one of the choices.

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