My laptop recently met with a liquid catastrophe. I've just got it back from the shop and am reinstalling everything. I have a backup of my hard drive and am copying everything over.
There was a significant amount of unsynced changes in my Dropbox when the computer died. (It's a whole exasperating thing--I've been having the worst time getting the Dropbox client to sync changes and not just crash all the time on more than one of my computers.) There's no real way for me to determine specifically which files weren't synced yet at this point.
I wanted to try copying my existing Dropbox folder from my backup to my new hard drive, along with the local AppData folder, hoping it would preserve the state from before. I'm finding though, that some files will not copy, because they were Smart Sync placeholders, and so now inaccessible by the file system.
My question is this: If my Dropbox folder copy only contains files which were previously local, when I restart my Dropbox client, will it detect that the placeholder files are missing and assume I've deleted them, and then remove them everywhere else as well? I'm not sure if the client does some sort of magic trickery to determine what file operations have been performed, or if it just operates on presence and file metadata.
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