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If my hard drive crashes in effect I lose everything stored locally on my hard drive including the dropbox folder, will my files still be in dropbox online so I can resync them or will this delete the files from dropbox online as well?

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Just want to make sure that if somehow the dropbox folder on my computer is accidentally deleted, or as a result of computer failure, that my files synced to dropbox online will still be online and I can then download them back to  my computer once it is fixed.

Thanks,

Fred

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Re: If my hard drive crashes in effect I lose everything stored locally on my hard drive including the dropbox folder, will my files still be in dropbox online so I can resync them or will this delete the files from dropbox online as well?

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It really depends upon 'what' happens. If the failure was to say, cause your machine to wipe all data (virus?) then it will possibly wipe it from Dropbox as well. However, remember you have a 30 day rollback period to get data back. Or, you can pay for a years worth with Pack-Rat. 

If it was a catastrophic failure (fire/flood/machine not booting etc.) then it would be safe as Dropbox wouldn't have been running to get a 'delete' command.

Note, however, that I still strongly suggest you have some sort of backups in place and dont just rely on Dropbox. 


 


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Re: If my hard drive crashes in effect I lose everything stored locally on my hard drive including the dropbox folder, will my files still be in dropbox online so I can resync them or will this delete the files from dropbox online as well?

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I have the files saved on my computer in a separate folder, and then also in the dropbox folder. Should that suffice?

 

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Not really, no. You should always have at least 3 different copies of your data - so you have 2 now. Hard drive and cloud. Although cautious as cloud and hard drive are connected.


 


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Re: If my hard drive crashes in effect I lose everything stored locally on my hard drive including the dropbox folder, will my files still be in dropbox online so I can resync them or will this delete the files from dropbox online as well?

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So I should purchase an external portable hard drive?

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