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What is Datasync?

Datasync backs up and stores the documents for all faculty and staff in a private location on an SPU Server. The process also maintains an encrypted copy of your documents on your computer.

Which Folders are Backed Up?

  • Documents (My Documents in XP)
  • Pictures (My Pictures in XP)
  • Favorites (My Favorites in XP)
  • Videos (My Videos in XP)
Note: Please save all of your SPU related work under one of the folders listed above.

How Can I Be Sure My Folders are Backed Up?
Windows 7 or Vista - a green circle with two yellow arrows will be seen on folders and files that are backed up.
Windows XP - a white square with blue arrows will be seen on the folders and files that are backed up.
Where Can I Check The Status Of My DataSync?

The status of your DataSync can be checked using the Sync Center. View our Sync Center page.

Taking your SPU-Owned Laptop Off Campus
To be sure all your files are available, perform the following before leaving campus:

Under the Control Panel -> Sync Center, click on Offline Files, and hit the Sync button that appears up and to the left of the Offline Files. Changes will be synced up once you return to campus and plug into the network.

Common Problems:

To access your Documents or Department Shares from your SPU Managed computer from Off Campus, you may need to use the VPN. Contact the CIS HelpDesk at 206-281-2982 for more information.

The Following Folders are not Backed Up:

  • Desktop – Nothing you save on your desktop will be backed up
  • Music – is redirected to C:\personal\YourUserNameHere\Music and is not backed up
  • No Personal Database files are backed up - Store these files on a departmental share
  • Any Other Main Folders not mentioned above

How to Recover a File or Folder from Backup

  • Right click on your documents folder.
  • Select Properties and click on the Previous Versions tab.
  • Select the date and time you’d like to view and press Open. A New Window will open.
  • In this new window locate the file or folder you you want to restore. Right Click and choose Copy.
  • Close the Restore Window. Find a location for your restored file. Right Click and select Paste.
Backups of your synced documents are made five times daily. They kept for approximately two weeks and available from tape for another two weeks.

See Also

Sync Center (How to use the Sync Center and resolve conflicts)

Good Passwords (Guidelines and Strategies for selected a good password)

Security Awareness (Security ideas to be aware of for your protection)



Last Updated: 4/19/2012