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Re: Can I back up a partitioned disk?

Can I back up a partitioned disk?

Laia IA
Explorer | Level 4

Hello !
I wanted to make a backup of some folders I have on a partitioned drive on my PC. The problem is that in the Backup Dropbox Beta configuration it only shows me folders on the C:/ drive.
My dropbox is also on another drive that is not C.
Does anyone know how to fix this?
Thank you very much for any answer!

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Hannah
Dropbox Staff

So, if I understand correctly, you want a second backup of the folders that are already synced to Dropbox, right?

 

In that case, that's not possible, as the folders you have synced to your account are already synced with the Dropbox servers; they're already "backed up" since they're available on dropbox.com.

 

You'd have to create a manual copy and upload it to your account, but that would also mean double the space taken up in your account.


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Hannah
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Hey @Laia IA, thanks for reaching out to the Dropbox Community.

 

Dropbox detects each partition on a computer as an individual drive, however, you can only back up files that are on the same drive as your Dropbox, which you're saying is not what you're seeing.

 

How did you move the Dropbox folder to that other drive? Through the Dropbox app preferences or manually?

 

Thanks.


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Laia IA
Explorer | Level 4

Hi Hannah, 

thanks so much for your quick answer. I have moved my Dropbox with the Dropbox preferences settings to the drive D:/ :

 

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The files I want to back up are on the same drive (D:)

When I try to configure the path of the files I want to secure in the back up it only gives me the option of C drive locations:

 

LaiaIA_1-1704965091078.png

another question, is it not possible to back up an entire folder?

Thank you so much again

Laia

 

 

Hannah
Dropbox Staff

Thanks for the additional info and screenshots, Laia!

 

I've looked a bit further into this and wanted to kind of correct my previous statement; with the Dropbox backup feature you can only back up files and folders from the hard drive with the Dropbox desktop app on it (usually the drive where your operating system is installed).

 

Basically, the drive where the app installed, not where the Dropbox folder is located, so what you're seeing is expected behavior.

 

As for your question about backing up an entire folder, can you please clarify a bit more?


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Laia IA
Explorer | Level 4

aaahm, I understand.

Thank you!

that means that I can't copy the files I want to...
Actually what I want is a full backcup of all my Dropbox content that I have on my PC synchronised. I want a backup that is only available online. To avoid my mistakes of accidentally deleting folders or files... I have a backup on an external hard drive but I also wanted this online backup (just in case).

would this be possible with dropbox?

thank you I really appreciate your answers.

Laia

 

 

Hannah
Dropbox Staff

Happy to clarify, Laia!

 

So, if you're using the Dropbox desktop app, but you want your files accessible only online and not from your PC, I guess I would suggest selective sync.

 

With that feature, you can choose which folders appear in your Dropbox folder and have the rest only available on dropbox.com.

 

I hope this helps!


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Laia IA
Explorer | Level 4

I think I can make myself clearer with this diagram:

 

LaiaIA_1-1704984032231.png

 

I already have folders with different sync settings. I just need a backup of the synchronised folders between my PC and the dropbox server. Is it possible to automate this with the Dropbox Backup Beta application? Or do I have to make a manual copy on the server?

 

thanks si so much again Hannah

 

Regards

Laia

Hannah
Dropbox Staff

So, if I understand correctly, you want a second backup of the folders that are already synced to Dropbox, right?

 

In that case, that's not possible, as the folders you have synced to your account are already synced with the Dropbox servers; they're already "backed up" since they're available on dropbox.com.

 

You'd have to create a manual copy and upload it to your account, but that would also mean double the space taken up in your account.


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Laia IA
Explorer | Level 4

Yes. That is exactly what I want.

Than I will make it manual.

Thank you soo much Hannah!

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