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Bad drive w/ corrupted files. Moved Dropbox folder to good drive. How to ensure no lost files?

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Background: Recently, my Dropbox drive began to fail (glad I had DropBox!). Bad sectors, etc, etc, etc. Since I had enough of a warning, i was able to move about 99% of my 500Gb DropBox folder to a new drive. I have since unplugged the bad drive and "cancelled" the error messages about not having a valid DropBox folder link. I have not added anything to DropBox folder on the new drive, but I have synced items to DropBox ("cloud-side") from my laptop.

What I think i know about DropBox: In the past, when moving to a new ccomputer, I have been able to simply copy my DropBox folder, point the application to the location, and DropBox has scanned and then "accepted" the new location. I assume that when I relink my moved DropBox folder, the application will scan it, find some files missing, and download them.

What I am concerned about: I do not want the application to consider the local copy to be a "master" and proceed to remove copies in the cloud that are not present locally. Do I need to be concerned about this? Or will DropBox behave as I expect, and treat missing files as ones that need to be downloaded again since I did not delete them, just could not move them to the new location because they were corrupted?

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Re: Bad drive w/ corrupted files. Moved Dropbox folder to good drive. How to ensure no lost files?

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Hi @TXCiclista ,

 

If you have successfully followed the directions as shown below on the link from our Help Center webpage:

 

Moving the Dropbox desktop folder to a new location

 

Then you have nothing to fear

 

If however you want to make sure that you won't end up with multiple copies, you can always selectively sync files/folders you no longer wish to sync with your PC.

 

For more information check out this Help Center link: Use Selective Sync on your desktop

 

Kora

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Re: Bad drive w/ corrupted files. Moved Dropbox folder to good drive. How to ensure no lost files?

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hi @TXCiclista ,

 

If you have successfully followed the directions as shown below on the link from our Help Center webpage:

 

Moving the Dropbox desktop folder to a new location

 

Then you have nothing to fear

 

If however you want to make sure that you won't end up with multiple copies, you can always selectively sync files/folders you no longer wish to sync with your PC.

 

For more information check out this Help Center link: Use Selective Sync on your desktop

 

Kora

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Re: Bad drive w/ corrupted files. Moved Dropbox folder to good drive. How to ensure no lost files?

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New member | Level 2

Just in case, let me add a pointer on how to recover here... Note that this is time sensitive: you can go back up to a month...

https://help.dropbox.com/files-folders/restore-delete/rewind

 

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