How to Sync Files and Folders Between Two Windows PCs
The sync process is obviously an intelligent way to ensure that your tons of data is always up to date in every computer you use- be its your good old home PC, office desktop or notebook you take to your work.
For novices it would be still a challenge to establish a network and sync files between two PCs. So in this post we will be guiding you through the step-by-step procedure of syncing files and folders easily. In this workshop we are using FreeFileSync, a free program which ensures that files are automatically synchronized between two folders so that your backup content is always up to date. Here’s how to download and use it.
Step 1 . Download and Installation
Download the latest version of FreeFileFile Sync from and Install it on your Windows PC. Launch FreeFileSync, and you will see that the program interface is divided into two sections. The Left-hand side (1) represents the folders that are going to be copied, while the right-hand side (2) is the destination.
Step 2 . Enable File Sharing between Computers
For the task at hand, which is to select the source and destination, you’ll need to allow file sharing across your network. Both the Windows 7 or Windows 8 provide an easy way for mutual files and folders sharing.
To share a specific folder, right-click its icon and select Share with and then Specific People. It will lead to you to File Sharing dialog, from here you can choose the people or groups you want to share with. Simply choose Everyone and assign the permissions to “read/write’ access so that FreeFileSync can make changes to the shared files.
Do the above Folder Sharing procedure on both of your PCs. Then open Windows Explorer (or just press windows logo key + E key), and open Network folder” on the left pane. Here you will see icons of all the connected computers on the network. After confirming admin password, you can connect other computer, you can open folders in it, change files and can also create new files.
Step 3. Create Synchronization Pair
Start by adding a folder to be synchronized on the left-hand column. This can be done via the browse button above the left-hand pane folder, or you can just drag and drop a folder onto the left pane. Use the same procedure to add a folder to the right-hand pane that you want to synchronize to. This two locations makes a single synchronization pair. If you want to add more synchronization pair, click the + button in the right- hand pane and repeat the previous step.
Step 4. Compare Files
Click the compare button, and FreeFileSync will check and display a list of files which are going to be copied between folders during the synchronization process. Although you can remove individual items by unticking the relevant tick box in the central column, but in most instances there will be no need to make any changes here.
Step 4 . Choose Synchronization Mode
Click the green cog button to choose how data should be synchronized and where to send the old version of a file after being deleted. FreeFileSync has three different synchronization modes- update changes in both folders, create a mirror backup of one folder, or move all updated or changed files to one folder. Simple select the mode that suits your need and click Ok button.
Step 5. Start Synchronization
After you all set, click the synchronize button and then Start on the small preview window. A progress window will show how many files and how much time remains in the current syncing operation.
That’s it, now wasn’t that easy? Enjoy!