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How can I move the Dropbox folder without moving its contents?

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How can I move the Dropbox folder without moving its contents?

New member | Level 2
I have two Dropbox folders on my computer, and they are on different internal drives. One folder is from an old Dropbox installation, and the other is from a new Dropbox installation. For example:

New = C:/users/me/dropbox
Old = D:/dropbox

I would like the old location (d:/dropbox) to be the actual Dropbox folder. I know this can be done, but I don’t want the contents of the new folder (c:/users/me/dropbox) to be moved to the old one (d:/dropbox).

Is it possible to just select “d:/dropbox” as the official Dropbox folder WITHOUT moving the contents of “c:/users/me/dropbox“ into it?
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Re: How can I move the Dropbox folder without moving its contents?

Super Collaborator | Level 20

Hi @KSereby,


@KSereby wrote:
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Is it possible to just select “d:/dropbox” as the official Dropbox folder WITHOUT moving the contents of “c:/users/me/dropbox“ into it?

Not exactly, but you can use a simple trick. Rename your old "D:/dropbox" to something else, temporary; something like "D:/dropboxAlt", for example. Next you can just move present Dropbox directory to "D:/dropbox", without issue. Now you can replace content of "D:/dropbox" with the temporary stored "D:/dropboxAlt". In such a way you don't have to move big content (I assume "D:/dropbox" is biggest) between drives, but just between folder of the same drive, which is much faster and lighter. That's it. 😉

Hope this helps.

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Re: How can I move the Dropbox folder without moving its contents?

Super Collaborator | Level 20

Hi @KSereby,


@KSereby wrote:
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Is it possible to just select “d:/dropbox” as the official Dropbox folder WITHOUT moving the contents of “c:/users/me/dropbox“ into it?

Not exactly, but you can use a simple trick. Rename your old "D:/dropbox" to something else, temporary; something like "D:/dropboxAlt", for example. Next you can just move present Dropbox directory to "D:/dropbox", without issue. Now you can replace content of "D:/dropbox" with the temporary stored "D:/dropboxAlt". In such a way you don't have to move big content (I assume "D:/dropbox" is biggest) between drives, but just between folder of the same drive, which is much faster and lighter. That's it. 😉

Hope this helps.

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Re: How can I move the Dropbox folder without moving its contents?

New member | Level 2
Thank you very much for your reply! I’ll try your workaround and post my results.
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Re: How can I move the Dropbox folder without moving its contents?

Super Collaborator | Level 20

Ok, but why don't you select initially the right location described in "How to run an advanced reinstall of Dropbox" topic? Take a look on the part for Windows, especially point 8: "Select the Dropbox folder location, if not in the default location". Could be easier, but in some cases - inapplicable. In all cases the way, described in my previous post, above, will work.

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Re: How can I move the Dropbox folder without moving its contents?

New member | Level 2
I didn’t select it at first because I didn’t have the SSD when I installed Dropbox. It was just a matter of my own bad planning.

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