WHAT IS SYNC? HOW DOES IT WORK?
No matter where you are, you can be sure ALL your devices are in sync.
Sync allows you to keep multiple copies of the same data in sync even if they are located on different sides of the world. If you modify one file in a sync, SpiderOak will automatically replicate your changes to all other copies of the synced file, making sure you always have the most up to date copy replicated across all folders within a sync.
SpiderOak firmly believes that remote storage makes both sync and backup more reliable. All actions during a sync are first encrypted, uploaded to SpiderOak servers, verified, downloaded to the synced computer, and decrypted. The entire transaction remains secure, and unencrypted data never leaves your computer.
HOW DO I CREATE A SYNC?
You only need to create a sync on one of your devices. A single sync can synchronize data between two, three, four, or more computers. Any sync you create will automatically appear on all of the computers that you have included in the sync.
1. OPEN SPIDEROAK AND SELECT THE SYNC TAB
The sync tab will show you any syncs you have already created, which you can edit or delete.
2. SELECT NEW TO CREATE A NEW SYNC.
Pushing "New" will open the sync creation window, where you can enter details about your new sync.
3. ENTER A NAME AND A DESCRIPTION FOR YOUR SYNC
A description is optional. Once you've finished, scroll down, and then click Next to continue.
4. ADD FOLDERS TO YOUR SYNC.
In order to sync a folder, it must be backed up to SpiderOak. If the folder you wish to sync is not available to select, double check that there is a check next to the folder name in the Backup tab.
Click Browse to choose the folders you wish to add to the sync. When you find the folder you wish to sync, click Select.
Do the same for the second folder you wish to sync. To add a third folder (or additional folders), click the red plus sign below your selected folders and another folder selection box will appear. You can sync as many folders as you want.
Remember that you cannot select individual files for sync, only folders. If you try to select a file, the ‘Next’ button will be greyed out. If you only wish to keep a single file in sync, create a new folder of the same name, place the file inside this new folder on each computer in the sync, and select these folders to synchronize.
When you have finished selecting the folders you wish to keep in sync, click Next.
Choose any files or types of files that you don't want to be included in the sync. When you have set your exclusions, click Next.
6. CLICK START SYNC
Verify that you have included all the folders you want in the Sync, and click Start Sync.
SpiderOak will immediately scan these folders to determine what data needs to be downloaded or modified to the most recent version. When the sync completes, all folders in the sync will be identical.
HOW DO I EDIT MY SYNC, OR STOP SYNCING MY FILES?
To make any changes to your sync, open the Sync tab and select the sync you want to edit, then click the Edit button.
To stop syncing any folders, simply delete your sync. This will NOT remove any of the files from your local computer or your SpiderOak backup. Instead, SpiderOak will no longer synchronize changes made to these files.
Syncing is the only time that SpiderOak will ever modify the local copies of folders and files. If one synced file is deleted, all corresponding copies will also be deleted. Any data deleted during a sync will be sent to the Deleted Items bin.