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Copying files to an external drive

KarenE3
Explorer | Level 3

I am currently backing up our archived files to external drives. We will still store them in dropbox as well, we also like to have a copy in cold storage. 

 

It's a lot, and the estimated time is INSANE. Does dropbox have to local sync before copying files? Everything is online only. I'm trying to troubleshoot any part of the process that may be slowing it down (cable, other things running etc)

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Re: Copying files to an external drive

Daphne
Dropboxer
Hi @KarenE3, I hope you're well today!

Just to make sure we're on the same page here, are you copying the files to or from Dropbox?

For example, are you syncing the files from Dropbox locally in order to copy them over to the external drive, or adding a copy of the files into the Dropbox folder to upload to Dropbox?

Let me know and we'll go from there!

Daphne
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Copying files to an external drive

KarenE3
Explorer | Level 3

I'm copying the files from DB onto an external drive. They are all synced online. It's taking longer than I think it should, so I'm curious if DB is local syncing before it gets copied to the drive.

Re: Copying files to an external drive

Daphne
Dropboxer
Thanks for getting back to me here @KarenE3.

Copying the files from the Dropbox folder wouldn't cause the app to sync them.

If it's taking a long time to copy over the files, it could just be due to the size of the data that you're copying over.

I'd just suggest checking to make sure that the files/folders that you're copying from Dropbox are showing the green tick sync icon (local), instead of the grey cloud icon (online only).

This is because when the file is available as "online only" in the Dropbox folder, this is only a placeholder and doesn't contain the actual data for this file, so only the placeholder will be copied.

Daphne
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