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Synchronise folders and files using desktop and mobile clients

Desktop and mobile apps are available that enable you to synchronise data between these clients and DataSync or the RDM DataStore


These apps are developed by a third party and not the University of Edinburgh. If you choose to use these apps, you do so at your own risk, whilst being aware of how synchronisation works.


These tools offer bidirectional file synchronisation. This means that the files in different places (i.e on DataSync and on your desktop or mobile device) remain the same

  • If you add a file in one place it is copied to the other place(s)
  • If a file is changed in one place, the change is propagated to the other place(s)
  • Most importantly, if a file is deleted in one place, it is deleted in all places. This is a major difference to backup systems where a "point in time" snapshot can be restored

The system offers some ability for you to restore files that you have deleted (within 10 days)

You and your collaborators should be very careful when using synchronisation apps to ensure that data is also backed up somewhere else and that extreme care is taken when deleting folders and files