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How to migrate without creating a mess?

Helpful | Level 6

Here's what I did:

1. Created an archive of my Dropbox using WinRAR, preserving all file attributes.

2. Reinstalled the system. (Win 10 Pro)

3. Restored the archive using WinRAR into: %USERPROFILE%\Dropbox

4. Installed, and started Dropbox.

Now part of the files are in directories augmented with "(Selective Sync Conflict)".

If there are too many files to download within reasonable time, then how do I migrate a Dropbox from one installation to another?

PS: I'm a developer, having written dbx-tools, and even I can't figure this out. Usability of Dropbox for desktop is really a shame. I guess the best advice is: Better don't use Dropbox for serious data, unless you're a developer or sysadmin.

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Re: How to migrate without creating a mess?

Helpful | Level 6

Admittedly, I first should've read the article How to use Dropbox to move files from one computer to another. The trick is to install Dropbox with a fresh directory, then pause syncing, then restore the archived data into %HOMEPATH%\Dropbox, and then resume syncing. My mistake was to restore the archived data prior to installing Dropbox.

After fixing the mess, I double checked the amount of data using Powershell (Explorer can't handle path names >260 chars):

 

Get-ChildItem \\?\C:\Users\Felix\Dropbox -recurse | Measure-Object -property length -sum

Count    : 280102
Average  :
Sum      : 196481629209
Maximum  :
Minimum  :
Property : length

Looks OK when compared to the archive. Phew...

Anyhow, I think my question is a good example of why there is a lot of room for Dropbox to improve UI wise. Data loss freaks me out.

 

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Re: How to migrate without creating a mess?

Helpful | Level 6

Admittedly, I first should've read the article How to use Dropbox to move files from one computer to another. The trick is to install Dropbox with a fresh directory, then pause syncing, then restore the archived data into %HOMEPATH%\Dropbox, and then resume syncing. My mistake was to restore the archived data prior to installing Dropbox.

After fixing the mess, I double checked the amount of data using Powershell (Explorer can't handle path names >260 chars):

 

Get-ChildItem \\?\C:\Users\Felix\Dropbox -recurse | Measure-Object -property length -sum

Count    : 280102
Average  :
Sum      : 196481629209
Maximum  :
Minimum  :
Property : length

Looks OK when compared to the archive. Phew...

Anyhow, I think my question is a good example of why there is a lot of room for Dropbox to improve UI wise. Data loss freaks me out.

 

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Re: How to migrate without creating a mess?

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Glad to hear that you were able to resolve your concern in the end and awesome work on the extensive investigation! 
 
I’d be more than happy to pass your comments along to the team for review, so if you have any other additional thoughts, don’t hesitate to give us a shout.
 
In the meantime, have a wonderful week ahead, @feklee!

Lusil
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


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Re: How to migrate without creating a mess?

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Thanks for the kind feedback, Lusil.

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