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How to resync existing local files to dropbox

How to resync existing local files to dropbox

David Noone
Helpful | Level 6

I had a hard drive error that required me to reinstall Windows, which deleted all other programs including dropbox. The files still exist on my hard drive in the appropriate folders, but my newly installed dropbox folder is empty. Is there any way to direct dropbox to these folders? Somehow get that connection back? I have everything online, and two computers with different folders/files synced to each; is there any way to push the relationship my local and web dropbox had back onto my local computer?

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Re: How to resync existing local files to dropbox

David Noone
Helpful | Level 6

Thanks so much! Yes that helped, and created a new dropbox folder on my preferred hard drive (with small icon). I still have the original dropbox folder however (with large icon); Is there a way to just have one? I'm worried I will open and save to the wrong one and end up with conflicting files.

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Re: How to resync existing local files to dropbox

David Noone
Helpful | Level 6

I now have all the files in the new dropbox (it repopulated... makes sense), but still have all the old files in a redundant dropbox folder which still has a small dropbox icon). All I really want to do now is have all my local dropbox files on my E: drive which is larger; once I delete the redundant folder can I just drag and drop the new dropbox folder into the E: drive? Image below

 
 

Re: How to resync existing local files to dropbox

David Noone
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Re: How to resync existing local files to dropbox

Mark
Super User II

Hi @David Noone 

 

Delete, or rename the Dropbox on E: to something else and then use the move Dropbox option in the menu to put it on the other drive. Please make sure its an internal one though. 

 

https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/desktop/move-dropbox-folder

 

For info if you ever need to do a reinstall again if you use the advanced install option you can put it on another drive during set up and point it at an already populated Dropbox folder 🙂


 


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Re: How to resync existing local files to dropbox

David Noone
Helpful | Level 6

Thanks so much! Yes that helped, and created a new dropbox folder on my preferred hard drive (with small icon). I still have the original dropbox folder however (with large icon); Is there a way to just have one? I'm worried I will open and save to the wrong one and end up with conflicting files.

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Re: How to resync existing local files to dropbox

Daphne
Dropboxer
You should be able to change the settings of your Quick Access panel with the steps outlined here, @David Noone.

Let me know if that does the trick!

Daphne
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: How to resync existing local files to dropbox

David Noone
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You guys are so helpful Mark and Daphne, thanks so much. I didn't realize that was quick access, just showing me the same thing in a different place. Using that is actually easier than drilling down in the E: drive now that I know they're both pointing to the same thing. Sometimes these things just aren't self-evident to a 20th century brain. Thanks again.

Re: How to resync existing local files to dropbox

Daphne
Dropboxer
Glad we could help out @David Noone!

If you need anything else, I'll be just a post away. 😀

Hope you have a great week ahead!

Daphne
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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