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Can Dropbox and OneDrive make peace?

Explorer | Level 3

I have a large volume of photos and I want them to be stored both in OneDrive and Dropbox. But I have discovered that pointing both services to the same folder makes each service crazy with sync errors.

 

I read about a possible solution with the MKLINK command, but I couldn't make any progress with that.

 

Can this be done? Can I peacefully share a folder with both OneDrive and Dropbox? If so, how?

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Re: Can Dropbox and OneDrive make peace?

Super User II
Super User II
There's nothing outlined here as it's not a supported configuration. It likely involves creating symlinks to the original folder location within the sync folder of the storage service. Symlinks are also not supported within Dropbox as Dropbox is not able to sync their content in real-time (the operating system doesn't notify Dropbox of file updates).

What you're trying to do is really not recommended. Before you consider trying this you should ask yourself how important your data is to you.

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Re: Can Dropbox and OneDrive make peace?

Super User II
Super User II
It's highly not recommended to have two separate sync services, regardless of which ones, syncing the same data locations. As you've discovered, sync errors are bound to occur. It's possible, but highly problematic and is completely unsupported.
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Re: Can Dropbox and OneDrive make peace?

Explorer | Level 3

Thank you, Rich. Before I give up altogether, and because there is no danger in my trying, I would like to know how it is possible. Is there a procedure that someone has outlined, even in theory, as to how it could work? I would like to try before I concede.

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Re: Can Dropbox and OneDrive make peace?

Super User II
Super User II
There's nothing outlined here as it's not a supported configuration. It likely involves creating symlinks to the original folder location within the sync folder of the storage service. Symlinks are also not supported within Dropbox as Dropbox is not able to sync their content in real-time (the operating system doesn't notify Dropbox of file updates).

What you're trying to do is really not recommended. Before you consider trying this you should ask yourself how important your data is to you.

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Re: Can Dropbox and OneDrive make peace?

Explorer | Level 4

I don’t need to know all the reasons you can’t do it currently. What I want to know is, do you think it’s reasonable that at a team working on this error could overcome the hindrance of progress.

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New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I never used dropbox and surprised that i cant see anyone before asked why i need it when i have for example onedrive. 

Also I see problem here when syncing with both.

Why not start with the most fundemental and explain that.

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Re: Can Dropbox and OneDrive make peace?

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

both MS flows and ifttt do this. Just schedule it to run every few minites. 

I'm looking right now for a full sync service so that I can have all my shared folders from either populate both. 

Because I have people who share files using their service of choice. Different sharers use different services. 

And I need the shared file to sync to my preferred service. 

This is a completely valid use case. 

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