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Change Dropbox Backup Folder name

Change Dropbox Backup Folder name

marioshadj
Helpful | Level 5

Hi, I am trying this new Dropbox Backup feature, and I'm noticing that a directory was created with a name I didn't choose, namely:

My Mac (123.dhcp.myisp.com).

 

I would like this to be something like My Mac (laptop), instead of the default name.

 

I noticed that my Desktop folder was moved in there and the actual Desktop folder is now a symlink pointing to Desktop in My Mac (123.dhcp.mysip.com), and while I could rename it and fix the symlink, it seems like this may cause issues with Dropbox looking at the wrong places in the future, e.g. when adding/removing backup folders at the very least.

 

Is there a way to rename this without causing issues?

 

Thanks.

 

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Re: Change Dropbox Backup Folder name

Lusil
Dropboxer

Hey @marioshadj, let's see what we can do on this. 

 

Since the computer backup feature creates a folder named after your device's name, you can try the following steps to see if they do the trick:

  • Turn off the computer backup feature. 
  • Unlink the device from your Security tab
  • Rename your computer to what you want it to be called. 
  • Sign in again with your account. 
  • Make sure that the computer backup feature is enabled. 

Let me know how it goes, thanks!

 

PS. If you're on a Basic (free) account, note that there's a three device limit and you'll have to make sure that you've got less than three devices connected to proceed.


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Re: Change Dropbox Backup Folder name

marioshadj
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Hi Lusil,

 

Thank you for the suggestion.

 

I had renamed my computer and restarted dropbox initially to try it out but that did not work, and it looks like it only looks at the name of the computer when I linked dropbox.

 

I assumed that what you suggested could work, though that would mean I have to set-up all the specific folders I want to sync on my laptop all over again, which is a bit of an overkill for such a simple rename 😞

 

I understand that this is a "beta" feature, would it make sense to have an option to rename a device in the preferences?

 

 

Re: Change Dropbox Backup Folder name

Lusil
Dropboxer

Sure thing, @marioshadj! You can post this here, where other like-minded users can comment and upvote it. 

 

In the meantime, if you have any other thoughts or questions for us, just give us another nudge. Cheers!


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Re: Change Dropbox Backup Folder name

Chris lutje Spelberg
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Hi, I have the same problem.

I backed up many gigabytes already. So for me to apply the suggested solution it means re-downloading and uploading at least 60Gb of data. 

So please provide a way to rename the folder. It looks so unprofessional.

 

For your information: it has the domain name of the modem of my previous internet provider. Completely useless naming..

Re: Change Dropbox Backup Folder name

nimbleg
New member | Level 2

Why is this going unaddressed? This is an issue on business accounts and its confusing my users.

Rename My Mac Dropbox feature HELP!

eperadam
Helpful | Level 6

I have a few question about Dropbox. 

First, how can I rename "My Mac (xy)" featured Folders, because I had two Mac folders, a MacBook Pro, and an Air, so I want to change it to: My Mac ( Pro) and My Mac ( Air). (because its looks like cool)

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Thanks for help!

 

 

Re: Rename My Mac Dropbox feature HELP!

Daphne
Dropboxer
Thanks for posting @eperadam!

I've just moved your post here since you have a similar question.

When you have the time, please check out the info here, and let me know if you have any questions!

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Re: Rename My Mac Dropbox feature HELP!

eperadam
Helpful | Level 6

Thank you, but I didnt understand...

What will happen. If i Unlink my Mac from Dropbox, and It will stop sync feature? Files that have been synced to dropbox in the past will be deleted after unlink defice or not? Because it synced over 500 GB, which I don’t want to delete.

Re: Rename My Mac Dropbox feature HELP!

Daphne
Dropboxer
Thanks for getting back to me here @eperadam.

Since the backup folder can only take the name of the device when it's enabled, that's why we suggest unlinking the device from the Dropbox account, so it can be reconnected with the correct device name.

Unlinking the device from your account will indeed stop the app syncing, but it won't delete the files from your Dropbox account online, or locally on your computer.

I would just say to make sure that the app is showing "up to date" in the sync status, and that it's not trying to sync files before you unlink the app.

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