I "moved" my Dropbox files and folders to an external hard drive and then found out that the web version could no longer find my files and folders. Sent me into a major panic and meltdown. Got the files back, but of course, they are now back on the internal hard drive AND the external hard drive. I want to use the external hard drive and the cloud. The PC that the files and folders were on is going to be wiped, upgraded rebuilt. So my questions are as follows:
1) How do I change the cloud to search for the external hard drive?
2) Will Dropbox recognize that external hard drive no matter what PC it is connected to?
1) You need to think very carefully about using external drives on Dropbox. There is a HUGE chance of data loss, especially, if you want to disconnect it (as per 2). If Dropbox is running but it cannot find the Dropbox folder as the drive is either disconnected or is too slow to connect Dropbox can see this as a total deletion and wipe everything. Then, when the drive is connected replicate that wipe to the drive. There are LOTS of horror stories on here about it - especially in just a few directories etc.
2) No. It doesnt work like that. 1 PC = 1 drive. You cannot move the Dropbox folder around like that as the internal databases will corrupt.
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So what do I do? The PC that originally had the files and folders on is getting wiped and rebuilt the files and folder are not going to be put back on that PC. Currently I was able to undelete the files and folders so they are back on that PC... and also on the external hard drive. So what if I just want to store everything on the Dropbox cloud? I don't want to lose everything again.