How to sync Synology Drive Client to your Documents folder or Server Share

Synology Drive Client’s data will reside in the Windows libraries or Mac once you complete the Drive setup or you can customize the Synology Drive client application to sync specific folders.  Typical folders users like to sync are as follows:

  • Documents
  • Desktop

Warning:  There’s a reason why Synology by default creates a new folder in the Windows libraries to sync with.  An empty folder syncs nothing to the Synology while a syncing documents or desktop could be a nightmare depending how much unnecessary data you are syncing.  We will return to this conversation momentarily but DO NOT BLINDLY SYNC DOCUMENTS AND DESKTOP. Please put some thought or a plan of action of what data do you actually need  to sync before proceeding.

Cool but why Synology Drive instead of Synology Cloudstation?

Synology Drive streams files and caches the files that are selected for use.  This create a very small foot print on the desktop syncing the file.  Cloudstation by contracts, syncs the entire file.  Please consider upgrading to a + series Synology before utilizing.

Synology Drive Client Setup


Two task options:

  • Sync Task
    • By default, it is setup to sync your documents to your Synology Home folder that resides on your Synology server.
  • Backup Task
    • Don’t use this option. It conflicts with the sync task and Active Backup is way better.

What do I enter for  Synology NAS – Domain Name or Quickconnect ID?

I got into depth about this on another post.  Personally, I am not a fan of Quickconnect because it is not as secure as a Domain Name.  A lot of people also use Dynamic DNS instead of Domain Name or Quickconnect ID.  VPN is the best but then it becomes annoying for the average Joe to use.

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Syncing Your Synology Home Folder with your Synology Drive Folder

  • Data is synced to home folder by default. This is Illustrated below.
  • Changing from Home to another Synology Share
    1. Don’t edit unless you want to point to another share and not your home folder.

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Synology Drive “Local Folder”

This is where the wheels start to fall off this conversation.  Remember Windows Libraries?  By default,

Synology Drive creates an empty folder for you to dump data into and it syncs back and forth between the Synology NAS and that folder in the Windows library.

I want to sync Documents and Desktop

You want documents and desktop synced?  Be very careful on proceeding.  You need filter all the un-necessary items.  You can filter files in the task creation process under the advanced option on the page where you select source and destination.  There are default items already present but please add the following file extensions to filter:

  • *.iso
  • *.exe
  • *.ost

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Sync Synology Drive Client to your Documents folder Summary

Yes, while the sync Synology Drive Client to your documents folder works well, the separate feature providing backup does not.  In facts, the backup task conflicts with the sync task.  Remember syncing data is not the same as backing up data and the backup feature on the Synology stinks.  Use the Synology Active Backup package instead.

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