Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Best way to sync between HDD and External Hard Drive?

01 Mar 2017   #1
davidh304

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Best way to sync between HDD and External Hard Drive?

I have files (primarily photos and videos) on my Desktop PC that uses Windows 7. I have an online cloud storage backup but would also like to backup files to my external 1TB Hard Drive for extra security and to let the family get copies of my pictures.

My backup doesn't sync my data it simply backs up what is currently on my Desktop.

I think I have some older pictures on my external drive. If I just copy everything from my desktop (and delete the current content to make room) I may accidentally delete older pictures.

I don't want to copy my entire desktop data drive, I don't mind if I lose my music files for example. Is there a way to keep certain folders sync'd?

I think there is probably an easy way to do this but just can't seem to find it.

Thanks!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
01 Mar 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Built in Robocopy will do all that type robocopy /? from cmd prompt or if it helps you can get a gui Utility Spotlight: Robocopy GUI
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2017   #3
redoak

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Robocopy can be made to do just what you want - I have some scripts that back up/sync a bunch of directories using robocopy.

A GUI program that does much the same thing is SyncToy (search for it on the Microsoft website). Once you understand its options, it is very useful.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 Mar 2017   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Similar to SyncToy, I prefer FreeFileSync. I've been using it to back up the drives to external drives for quite some time now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2017   #5
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

this command (or put it in a batch file and place on desktop) will copy files from your main drive to your backup drive, copying only the new files or files updated since your last backup. Add "/s" to include subfolders. Use your own computer names and folder names.

start /w robocopy \\computer1\datafolder\ \\computer2\datafolder1\ /xo
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Mar 2017   #6
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Built in Robocopy will do all that type robocopy /? from cmd prompt or if it helps you can get a gui Utility Spotlight: Robocopy GUI
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Similar to SyncToy, I prefer FreeFileSync. I've been using it to back up the drives to external drives for quite some time now.
+1 for both Robocopy and FreeFileSync. I use both of these depending on what I want to copy/sync.

Robocopy has much more options - many that you'll probably never use. If you're not comfortable with commands at all then I would go with FreeFileSync. Very easy to use.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Best way to sync between HDD and External Hard Drive?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?
So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to...
Hardware & Devices
Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive
I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive. Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive. A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive" I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which...
Hardware & Devices
how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?
I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk ! I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city . So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?
Hardware & Devices
Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive
Hi guys, I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes. Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching). To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung...
Hardware & Devices
Automatic sync when external hard drive is plugged in
Is there any free program, that can automatically synchronize the file changes in the specific folder (including all the subfolders) in my internal hard drive to my external hard drive when it's plugged in? I mean, that I use my external hard drive only when I'm copying files to it, not all the...
Backup and Restore


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:27.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App