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Cannot access Shared Folder

Cannot access Shared Folder

DarranJ
Helpful | Level 5

Advice please,

I have been using dropbox without any issues for a long time, via my laptop, phone, tablet and dropbox.com, 24hours ago that all changed.

I have a shared folder with my partner, my partner did some housekeeping to tidy up the folder. Since then I have not been able to access many of the sub folders on my laptop. Neither my partner nor myself changed any settings to the folders or our individual dropbox accounts.

I can see all of the folders on dropbox.com, in the dropbox app on my phone and tablet but cannot see or access these folders via the desktop app on windows 10.

I have searched the online help, which suggests a syncing issue and to check that the folders are shared. We have checked they are shared and have made no changes to the application settings for syncing.

I then proceeded to delete the dropbox application and re-install it on my desktop to see if that improved the situation, re-installing using all the recommended settings. Things get stranger here, the dropbox desktop app that re-installed doesn't open up as an 'App' like it did before, it just opens the windows file explorer.

There hadn't been any software updates when this occured. We were both actually using dropbox when these issues occurred.  I have run clean-up tools and done a complete virus scan, etc. 

Any suggestions on what has gone wrong, and what I can do to access these files again on my laptop?  Whilst I can view/see the files on dropbox.com, phone and tablet. I cannot use them, as I need to use the software on my laptop to do this, these programs are not cloud based. 

 

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Re: Cannot access Shared Folder

DarranJ
Helpful | Level 5

Ok, I got help on this issue via Dropbox support over on Twitter.

 

Issue solved - There were invalid characters in folder names, that prevented the folders from showing in Windows. The problem seemed to be specific to windows dropbox app hence being able to see the folders on all other devices and MacBook. 

 

https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/sync-uploads/files-not-syncing

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Re: Cannot access Shared Folder

DarranJ
Helpful | Level 5

Additional information:

 

I have also noticed that in the windows file explorer the icons have changed next to folders/files, some have a tick in a solid green circle, some have a green tick in a white circle. I also get the blue updating circle and there is the odd file that has a cloud icon. I only had the update icon and green circle icons before the above issues occurred.

 

Re: Cannot access Shared Folder

Здравко
Super Collaborator | Level 20

Re: Cannot access Shared Folder

DarranJ
Helpful | Level 5

Ok, I got help on this issue via Dropbox support over on Twitter.

 

Issue solved - There were invalid characters in folder names, that prevented the folders from showing in Windows. The problem seemed to be specific to windows dropbox app hence being able to see the folders on all other devices and MacBook. 

 

https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/sync-uploads/files-not-syncing

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shared files does not load existing files

rrmendez
Explorer | Level 3

I click on Shared Files and it freeze .. does not load have of he files already there .. I get a message that says " There is an error retrieving your account information " 

 

also " something went wrong with your request refresh the page "  but nothing happen 

 

please help on this 

 

Thanks 

Re: shared files does not load existing files

Megan
Dropboxer
Happy Friday @rrmendez, sorry to hear about this! 

Have you tried accessing our website through a different browser? 

If I were you, I'd also try clearing the cache of the current one.

Can you give it a go, and let me know the results you find?

Megan
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: shared files does not load existing files

rrmendez
Explorer | Level 3

Hi .. lory 

 

I cleaned the cache .. used another browser ... and nothing !! still the same problem . On the screen of " shared " i can see the Windows icon just going around and around trying to load files .. but nothing happens. 

Re: shared files does not load existing files

Megan
Dropboxer
Thanks for the fast reply @rrmendez

Can you send me a screenshot, re-creating what you see on your end? 

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Re: shared files does not load existing files

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Re: shared files does not load existing files

Mark
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Have you checked you have enough quota to access it @rrmendez ?


 


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