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After over a year since my original post, it's good to see that there is more interest in this issue. In the past year I ended up replacing a Mac with another, which is now labeled "Mac (9)" as my backup directory, so this is truly annoying as heck. Hopefully this will be considered.
Question for Dropbox product people - is this even on the roadmap? If so, estimate of when it'll be addressed?
This issue has caused me all sorts of problems too.
I have two computers; a desktop and a laptop, both of which are backed up using DropBox.
Where both backups are simply labelled as 'Mac' and "Mac2', I have no clarification which is the iMac and which is the MacBook Pro.
Whilst on my MBP, I tried to sync a folder from my iMac, but I inadvertently synced the MCP, thus creating a folder of the laptop on the same laptop. This somehow completely rewired the routing on my laptop and created alias folder of all my fundamental folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, etc.). It also gave itself priority so if I export something to the Desktop, it actually goes to the alias folder; Dropbox > Mac2 > Desktop.
I can't even begin to tell you the problems this has caused me, all of which could have been very easily avoided if only we were able to name the backups in DropBox to make things crystal clear.
Come on DropBox, please sort it out!
That is not fair we are not able to change names of program and makes your program unusable for that feature for businesses that have multiple computers they do not all want named the same.
I often have several MacBooks at home, plus several other Mac devices. To differentiate between them I give them character names. These names appear on programs like Find My, which makes it much easier to tell my devices apart. However, on Dropbox, backups are named after the generic device types; their unique custom names doesn't transfer, so I'm left wondering which of my MacBook desktop backups I'm looking at on Dropbox. Being able to automatically transfer devices' unique names to Dropbox - or at least manually type them in - would be an improvement.
Hey Hannah, I have this exact same issue, only for me I upgraded to a new Mac, and now the old one is Mac and the new one is Mac (2). It's really frustrating! Hope y'all can fix this so we can edit the computer names soon!
Hey @seanscottusa, thanks for the feedback on this one!
I just wanted to mention that this is already in the works as some backups and backup folders are currently able to be renamed.
We are currently working to upgrade all backups to have similar functionality.
If you'd like to track this idea, you can have a look here.
I know there already exists quite some discussions on this, but wanted to create a new one just to (try to) raise the importance of this request.
It's unbelievable that after more than 3 years (!!) we are still not able to rename OUR own backup folders in Dropbox.
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