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move contents of dropbox to external hard drive

move contents of dropbox to external hard drive

jayne
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how do I move contents of dropbox

 

i.e my files and photos to an external hard drive

thanks folks

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Rich
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Do you have the Dropbox client installed on your computer? If so, then your files will be syncing to your computer. They'll be in the Dropbox folder. Just copy them to your external drive like you would any other file.

If you're not already syncing your files and you just use the Dropbox website, then you'll need to download your files and save them to your external drive. The easier method would be to install the Dropbox client, let it sync all of your files to your computer, uninstall the client, and then move the Dropbox folder to your external drive.

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Jane
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Hey @TominAZ
 
Welcome to the Dropbox Community, let's look into that together!
 
Please keep in mind that as a rule of thumb we recommend choosing a location for the Dropbox folder on the same hard drive as your operating system, since Dropbox won't work correctly if the Dropbox folder becomes inaccessible, which can happen if it's located on an external drive that gets disconnected. 
 
Should you decide to go per this option regardless, though, please follow these steps. 
 
Of course, we’re always here if you need further assistance! 
 
Warm regards, 
JaneA  
 
[mod edit 2023, updated Help Center link]

 


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LIUTAURAS
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If you want them to be synchronized parent folder should be created in your external drive

jayne
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not synchronised as such , copied I meant - to another storage facility such as a external hard? I'm a newbie so not very techie
thanks

Sanchez
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Hey @jayne, welcome to our forum! 
 
Do you have our desktop application installed on your computer? If so, do you want to have your local Dropbox folder and keep another copy on an external hard drive? 
 
Let me know, and we’ll take it from there. 
 
Thanks! 

Sanchez
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Rich
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Do you have the Dropbox client installed on your computer? If so, then your files will be syncing to your computer. They'll be in the Dropbox folder. Just copy them to your external drive like you would any other file.

If you're not already syncing your files and you just use the Dropbox website, then you'll need to download your files and save them to your external drive. The easier method would be to install the Dropbox client, let it sync all of your files to your computer, uninstall the client, and then move the Dropbox folder to your external drive.

TominAZ
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No, I want to move Dropbox to an external drive off my very crowded hard drive, and I bought a 5T drive to do that. It is on the Dropbox cloud, so I don't need it on two drives at my house. 😉

Jane
Dropbox Staff
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Hey @TominAZ
 
Welcome to the Dropbox Community, let's look into that together!
 
Please keep in mind that as a rule of thumb we recommend choosing a location for the Dropbox folder on the same hard drive as your operating system, since Dropbox won't work correctly if the Dropbox folder becomes inaccessible, which can happen if it's located on an external drive that gets disconnected. 
 
Should you decide to go per this option regardless, though, please follow these steps. 
 
Of course, we’re always here if you need further assistance! 
 
Warm regards, 
JaneA  
 
[mod edit 2023, updated Help Center link]

 


Jane
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meremer
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I'd like to move items off of Dropbox completely and onto my external HD, bypassing my computer altogether.

 

How do I do this?

Rich
Super User II
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Download them from the Dropbox website, and specify your external drive as the Save location in your web browser.

Sanchez
Dropbox Staff
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Would you mind taking a minute of your time to fill out a survey sharing your experience using our Dropbox Community? You can access the survey here: http://bit.ly/2lNKIxT
Thank you!

Sanchez
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