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Windows 10 Sync Folders to External Drive Solutions

Updated by Jean on May 07, 2022
Written by Gemma

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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Step 1. Click "Select backup contents" to initiate a backup.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Local and network files will be displayed on the left side. You may extend the directory to choose which files to back up.

File backup

Step 4. Select the location where you want to store the backup by following the on-screen instructions.

File backup step4

Click "Options" to encrypt the backup with a password in "Backup Options," and to setup a backup schedule and choose to initiate a backup at a certain event in "Backup Scheme." There are a variety of other customization options available for the backup process.

Backup options

Step 5. You may save the backup to a local disk, EaseUS' online service, or a NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables customers to back up data to a third-party cloud drive and its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to a third-party cloud drive, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, add your account, and then log in.

Backup to cloud
You can also save backups to EaseUS's cloud storage service. Sign up for an EaseUS Account and log in after clicking EaseUS Cloud.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. To begin backup, click "Backup Now" Once the backup process has been finished, it will be shown as a card on the panel's left side. To further manage a backup job, right-click it.

File backup step7

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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Updated by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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Written by Gemma

Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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