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Use Dropbox on PC with Linux and Windows in dual boot

Use Dropbox on PC with Linux and Windows in dual boot

GioSomma
Helpful | Level 5

My PC installed both Ubuntu Linux and Windows 10 Pro in Dual Boot.
In Win10 I have installed Dropbox on a separate disk
L:\Cloud\Dropbox
This disk is mapped in Linux as /disk-l
therefore I see the folder /disk-l/Cloud/Dropbox.

I would like to install Dropbox in Ubuntu because you always use this folder, but I would like to avoid problems and data loss.

Are there any tips to keep in mind?

Thanks in advance.

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Здравко
Legendary | Level 20

Hi @GioSomma,

Unfortunately Dropbox disabled such a possibility some time ago (it's not explicitly, but exists in fact - no intersection between supported FS-es). 🤦 So, if you make your Dropbox folder setup Windows compatible, it won't be Linux compatible and opposite too. 😡 That's it.

The only workaround in your case can be no to use dual boot, but virtual install. One of the OS-es can be host OS, the other virtual. For instance, if you select your primary/host OS to be Linux, using VirtualBox (or similar) you can install Windows too. In such a way would be enough to set your FS to be Linux compatible only (ext4 or btrfs) and Dropbox Linux application to be installed. On Windows you can safely map it as a drive you want and use it without Windows Dropbox installation. Opposite (Windows to Linux) is possible too in the same way. 😉

Hope this helps.

tatprod1919
Explorer | Level 4

Don't bother, the linux app is totally nerfed at this point anyway. I can't even log in because it keeps asking for an authenticator code even though I've never set up an authenticator on this account.

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