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Copy 1.1TB of data to external hard drive

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I need to copy 1.1TB, 265K files, to an external hard drive.  The data is for a client, outside of our team and their IT department will not allow dropbox links or accounts on their network.  I also only have a 1TB SSD that dropbox selective sync is set to so I only sync required data.

Current best option is to sync parts of the project and copy paste from explorer to external HD.  Then unsync that folder and sync the next section until full project is copied.

Is there an easier way to download/export this much data from Dropbox?




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Re: Copy 1.1TB of data to external hard drive


Hi there @Dave61, thanks for checking in with us. 

In general, if the folder is selectively synced and you have the equivalent hard drive space available, you can sync it as is and, once downloaded, copy-paste it to the other location. 

However, since you mention that it's a lot of content that's also quite large, you might find it easier to sync them in batches, instead. 

If you don't have the hard drive space available to sync everything to your Dropbox folder, you may have to do what you describe. In other words:

  1. Choose some subfolders to sync from your selective sync settings. 
  2. Once downloaded, copy-paste them to the external hard drive. 
  3. Selectively sync the items. 
  4. Sync the next batch to your Dropbox folder. 

I hope this helps to some extent, but let me know how you get on!

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