Can a sync program sync external HDD to external HDD?


  1. Posts : 72
    windows 10
       #1

    Can a sync program sync external HDD to external HDD?


    I keep all important data on external HDD and periodically wish to synchronize this dats with another external HDD. Is this at all possible especially because drive letters themselves change depending on the PC/laptop that you attach them to and the order in which you attach them?

    Looking for advice on a sync program that can manage this if at all or any any hints or workarounds on this issue
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  2. Posts : 2,816
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
       #2

    No problem! I like a program called FreeFileSync (FreeFileSync: Open Source File Synchronization & Backup Software). It can handle syncing regardless of the drive letter by specifying the volume name to get around changing drive letters. This program is free and has a few other really nice options that I like for syncing files.

    However, if you do want to use something that insists on having the same drive letter, you should be able to work around this by assigning drive letters near the end of the alphabet. Other drives that you add will get letters such as d:. e:, f:, etc. assigned to them so they won't "step on" drives that have been assigned letters such as x:, y:, z:.
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  3. Posts : 1,193
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    perfection said:
    I keep all important data on external HDD and periodically wish to synchronize this dats with another external HDD. Is this at all possible especially because drive letters themselves change depending on the PC/laptop that you attach them to and the order in which you attach them?

    Looking for advice on a sync program that can manage this if at all or any any hints or workarounds on this issue
    GoodSync. It has options for internal drives, drives on other systems, plus options for FTP, etc. Unlike some of the free programs I have tried, it is bulletproof reliable. You can even set up "jobs" to automate the process, with all kinds of filters.
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  4. Posts : 146
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    perfection said:
    I keep all important data on external HDD and periodically wish to synchronize this dats with another external HDD. Is this at all possible especially because drive letters themselves change depending on the PC/laptop that you attach them to and the order in which you attach them?

    Looking for advice on a sync program that can manage this if at all or any any hints or workarounds on this issue
    SyncBack FTW! It can be configured to sync/mirror any source folder/drive you wish to any destination folder/drive. I made a guide about it:
    The best and fastest way to backup your data!

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