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Windows 10 Sync Folders to External Drive Solutions

Gemma updated on Oct 12, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Windows 10 Sync Folders to External Drive with EaseUS Todo Backup
Windows 10 Sync Data with Windows Sync Center

It is crucial to backup content and data regularly. Some users would backup files to the cloud drive, and other users prefer to copy and paste content to an external drive as a backup. Nowadays, a new demand for syncing files and folders from computer to the external drive is increasing.

Compared with the traditional backup mode, the content of synchronous backup is more accurate and convenient. You won't miss a single adjustment of the data you need, and you don't need to pick up files one by one manually. In this article, "Windows 10 sync folders to external drive" is what we will focus on. Are there any methods that enable users to do that? Yes! Keep reading and learn how to sync your files on Windows 10.

Windows 10 Sync Folders to External Drive with EaseUS Todo Backup

It has a built-in file sync application called Sync Center on Windows 10. But this data synchronization happens only between your computer storage and the network server. If you want to sync folders to an external drive, a third-party backup tool is better. EaseUS Todo Backup is a professional file backup software. It can protect your data in simple clicks, backup system along with user settings, and restore backup files anywhere, such as a hard drive, FTP server, network share, NAS, and cloud drive.

Please download the EaseUS Todo Backup and follow the guide below to see how to sync folders to external drive automatically.

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  • Connect your external hard drive to your computer.
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Step 1. Launch EaseUS backup software and choose the File option on the main window.

click file bakup to back up files to external hard drive

Step 2. Select the files or folders you want to backup. Then click "Destination" to select the external hard drive as the backup storage location.

You can also enter "Plan name" and "Description" for specifying your file backup.

set the destination to save your backup


Click "File Type" if you want to specify certain types of files to backup. Here, multiple types of files including Documents Files, E-mail, Financial Files, Music Files, Picture Files, and Video Files, etc can be selected. 

select the file type

You can also click Add to add a new file type, in Add New Type window, you input Type Name and corresponding file type.

Step 3. Click the "Schedule" option to open the Backup Scheme window, here you can create a scheduled backup plan to backup files later, daily, weekly, monthly or upon event.

automatically back up files

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan. It is not a prerequisite for backup. 

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to back up folders or files to the external hard drive.

Windows 10 Sync Data with Windows Sync Center

Although Sync Center is not able to back up your content to an external drive, you can still use this tool to create a network server backup, and access shared files and folders on your network. Here are the detailed steps of enabling the Sync Center.

Step 1. Open Control Panel on your computer, find "Sync Center."

Find Sync Center on the Computer

Step 2. Click "Manage offline files" to enable offline files first.

Step 3. When you click the "Enable offline files" button, Sync Center would ask you to restart the computer.

Enable offline files

Step 4. Restart the computer and repeat the above steps to manage offline files settings.

Step 5. There are three tabs: Disk Usage, Encryption, and Network.

  • You can change the disk space the offline files allowed to use by clicking the "change limit" tab in Disk Usage.
  • Encryption is for you to better protect the offline files with a password.
  • With Network, you can choose and set your preferred time for checking the slow connectivity.

Offline Files Tab

The Bottom Line

About Windows 10 sync folders to external drive, you've already got the perfect solution after reading this article. Once you set the backup schedule, EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically back up the content when your plugin the external drive. Have a try on this tool to backup your data regularly, and you would not worry about data loss anymore.

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