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Re: Computer Backup for OSX / invisible & alias / documents downloads desktop

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Computer Backup for OSX / invisible & alias / documents downloads desktop

New member | Level 2

I'm using OSX 10.15.7 with the latest version of Dropbox. I activated the new feature "Backups" to backup my desktop, downloads and ducuments folder. What it did was create an alias for each of these folders in my OSX user folder and moved the actual folders into my Dropbox and made them invisible. It all seems to be working fine. BUT, I'm wondering why did it make those folders invisible? I find it slightly unsettling that these folders are hidden like that. Is this how it's supposed to work?

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Re: Computer Backup for OSX / invisible & alias / documents downloads desktop

Helpful | Level 7

pls see this page

 

your desktop/documents/downloads are no longer on your pc, but in the dropbox cloud.. 

seriously consider what you've done.. and make a backup to a usb drive or something before you loose everything.

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Re: Computer Backup for OSX / invisible & alias / documents downloads desktop

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@Schui1024 wrote:

your desktop/documents/downloads are no longer on your pc, but in the dropbox cloud..


That's not an accurate statement.

 

The Desktop, Documents and Downloads folders are not removed from your PC. They're moved to the Dropbox folder located on your computer. The Dropbox folder is not a cloud-based folder where the content only exists in the cloud. It's a folder on your local drive, just like any other folder.

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Re: Computer Backup for OSX / invisible & alias / documents downloads desktop

Helpful | Level 7

Whilst that is technically true (the dropbox folder is on the local computer and sync'd up) why have so many people lost data when using the backup feature?

 

I'm please you used the word Moved.. as it isn't really a backup. The data is relocated to the dropbox location and syncd.
Sadly many people have lost data to this feature that isn't technically a backup..

 

 

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