I’m a big fan of Amazon Drive and use it regularly, but the desktop software is a bit lackluster. Sure, you can use the software to upload and download files, but that’s pretty much it. Amazon has now added the ability to automatically sync files in your Amazon Drive with your computer. To achieve this before, you had to use a 3rd-party app like Odrive, or do what I do, which is let my NAS handle syncing and have it upload a copy to Amazon Drive. Now syncing capabilities are natively built into the Amazon Drive client.
The Amazon Drive software will create a new Amazon Drive folder on your computer which it will automatically sync, just like Dropbox. While you can select any folder in your Amazon Drive to be synced down with your computer, you unfortunately can’t select other folders on your computer to be automatically synced up. All files you want synced to your Amazon Drive and across computers must be in the sole Amazon Drive folder on your computer.
It’s also worth noting that any stray files in your main Amazon Drive root directory, that are not in a folder, will automatically be synced down to your computer. If you want individual folders in your Amazon Drive to be synced, you have to manually select them.
With an Amazon Drive subscription costing only $59.99 per year for unlimited storage, or now free for a year if you buy a specific hard drive, it’s a great solution for offsite backups. This new sync feature makes it even better.