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Dropbox as an external drive

Helpful | Level 5

I currently use Dropbox on my Mac as an external drive. There is no synchronization of folders/files involved. Dropbox is just another drive as far as the system is concerned. I use an app called Mountain Duck to do this, but it would be nice if I did not have to rely on third-party software to do it.

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Re: Dropbox as an external drive

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Hey there @Ryoichi M., I hope you're doing well today!

 

Perhaps using the Dropbox desktop app will work well for you? This will sync your Dropbox account to a folder created locally on your computer to keep your files updated.

 

You can check out more info about the desktop app from here.

 

Let me know if you have any questions!


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No, I do not want it to sync and that's the whole point/idea. I want the Dropbox drive to be totally independent, just like an external drive.

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@Ryoichi M. wrote:

I want the Dropbox drive to be totally independent, just like an external drive.


I think you've missed the point of Dropbox here. It's not a drive, and not meant to be used as one. The entire purpose is to sync files across multiple devices and your account online. If you don't want the files within Dropbox to exist locally, you can use Smart Sync so they appear local, but in fact only exist in your account online.

 

Dropbox was never meant to be used as an external or networked drive, which is why such a feature was never included and you've had to rely on third-party products to accomplish that with Dropbox.

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