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Can I make my local files overwrite my Dropbox, rather than the other way round?

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Can I make my local files overwrite my Dropbox, rather than the other way round?

Explorer | Level 4

Silly me, I spent hours re-organizing my photos and deleting images. 

(I have thousands.)
But I did it in the local folders on my PC, thinking those changes would overwrite what's in my Dropbox. 

Is there a way to make the changes to my local files overwrite my Dropbox, rather than the other way round? 


If not, how do I delete the file in my Dropbox without deleting anything in the local files? (So that I can re-upload.)



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Re: Can I make my local files overwrite my Dropbox, rather than the other way round?

Dropboxer

I see, thanks for that @Tyghe!

 

Was the backup for the Pictures folder disabled at any point?

 

If you navigate to the backup settings through the desktop app preferences, do you see the option "Manage backup" or "Set up"?

 

If you see "Manage backup", when you click on this button does the Pictures folder still appear as selected?


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Dropboxer

Hey there @Tyghe, thanks for reaching out to us here!

 

Can you just clarify for me if you have the desktop app running on your computer at the moment? Did you perhaps pause syncing while you were taking these actions?

 

The desktop app will sync any changes that you make either in your account online, or in the local Dropbox folder.

 

Let me know and we can go from there!


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Explorer | Level 4

OK, this may be a duplicate response. I thought I just replied, but am not seeing that message now. 
The app is definitely running and I am fairly certain I didn't pause it. 
I do think it was set to "online only", and I changed it to "local" last night. 
I made the changes more than 24 hours ago, and though the Dropbox app says "up to date" the changes I made on my PC aren't reflected in the folders in Dropbox. 

(I did make a change to a document and added a document, and that *has* synced up, but the photos folder has not.)

Adding a screenshot. 

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Dropboxer

Thanks for that @Tyghe!

 

Since you're using computer backup, can you let me know if you made these changes in the Pictures folder within "Dropbox > My PC > Pictures", or within the actual Pictures folder on your computer?

 

Also, do you still see the changes that you made to the folder when you check through the File Explorer?


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Explorer | Level 4

I made the changes on my computer, and am still seeing the changes there. 

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Dropboxer

Could you open the Dropbox app and the local folder in the File Explorer and show them side by side and send over a screenshot of this (excluding any personal info)?

 

The visual of where you see the discrepancy would be very helpful with this @Tyghe.


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Explorer | Level 4

Here are the screenshots. 

screenshot pictures dropbox.pngscreenshot pictures local.png

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Explorer | Level 4

Also, when I download an image, I get this message... 

screenshot download dropbox.png

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Dropboxer

I see, thanks for that @Tyghe!

 

Was the backup for the Pictures folder disabled at any point?

 

If you navigate to the backup settings through the desktop app preferences, do you see the option "Manage backup" or "Set up"?

 

If you see "Manage backup", when you click on this button does the Pictures folder still appear as selected?


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Explorer | Level 4

Aha!
For some reason, the Pictures folder was unchecked in the backup. 
I've checked it now, and things are syncing. 

...aaaand it's added everything back to my PC, undoing the changes I made. 
Which is annoying but not tragic. At least nothing was lost. And *now* things are in sync so I can avoid this problem in the future. 

Thank you for your patience helping me figure this out. 


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