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Mounting drive in sub-folder of dropb-folder does not work -> no syncing

Explorer | Level 4

Howdy,
so I just learned that sym-linking to an external folder - or drive - under windows 10 is no longer working ... which is really painful for me.

My usecase: I want to sync files in a dedicated dropbox folder as well as a smaller sized folder on very fast storage to my dropbox account. Everything worked linke a charm, till working support for external symlinks was dropped.

My solution: I just mounted the fast storage drive to an empty folder under my dropbox folder.

My result: folder is not synced.

Do you have any solution for me?
TIA
Steff

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Re: Mounting drive in sub-folder of dropb-folder does not work -> no syncing

Super Collaborator | Level 20

@sthuber wrote:

... - under windows 10 is no longer working ...

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My solution: I just mounted the fast storage drive to an empty folder under my dropbox folder.

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Hi @sthuber,

You just provoke my curiosity. How you had mount some storage to a folder on Windows? As far as I know on Windows this isn't supported (MAC and Linux another story - ther this is the way). Can you give a tip?

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Re: Mounting drive in sub-folder of dropb-folder does not work -> no syncing

Explorer | Level 4

Of course
In the Computer Management app under Storage / Disk Management you can assign a drive letter and as well as an empty folder to any partition of your storage device - even both at the same time.

HTH

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Re: Mounting drive in sub-folder of dropb-folder does not work -> no syncing

Super Collaborator | Level 20

Hi @sthuber,

Not exactly! As I already said above, Windows doesn't support direct drive mount on folder. That's something unsupported from Microsoft. Did you try to go in parent folder of your "mount point folder"? Open a terminal navigate to there and execute 'dir'. What actually is your "mount point folder"?!

Hope this helps.

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Re: Mounting drive in sub-folder of dropb-folder does not work -> no syncing

Explorer | Level 4

Hey,

helped in a way, thanks!

Well - without digging deeper into the "correct" technical wording - I have to admit I prefer to treat windows as a box with a gui and sometimes using a shell ... unless it works

Doing a "dir" like you suggested I can read that there is a junction to a - I think - kind of volume mount point (?). So maybe this is very very similar to the the symlink to a folder I used before? Maybe ... Still I created it in a very different way

And it does not work with dropbox :(

ATM I am still hoping to find a solution with dropbox ... mabe you got any idea?

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Re: Mounting drive in sub-folder of dropb-folder does not work -> no syncing

Super Collaborator | Level 20

@sthuber wrote:
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Doing a "dir" like you suggested I can read that there is a junction to a - I think - kind of volume mount point (?). So maybe this is very very similar to the the symlink to a folder I used before? Maybe ... Still I created it in a very different way

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Yes, that's nothing more than a symbolic link, doesn't matter how it's created. This link don't point to any mount point, but to alternative partition notation, like a share (the classical notation is a DOS letter). For referring to particular place could be used multiple links (one or more) using different notation manner (alone or together).


@sthuber wrote:
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ATM I am still hoping to find a solution with dropbox ... mabe you got any idea?


Unfortunately, as I have noted above, I don't know, any way multiple drives/partitions to be represented in a single folder on Windows (that's not a problem in Linux, for example). While Dropbox conception requires everything to be in a single directory structure, I'm afraid, there is no such solution. I (and many other persons) already mentioned in many other thread, that a conception change to a virtual folder/drive representation of Dropbox account content representation would let easy sync to multiple different location (possibly on different drives/partitions). Unfortunately from Dropbox side nobody wants to hear about. Support for such a representation is available in all supported platforms (even somehow different again on Windows, but available).

Let's hope Dropbox gonna change their mind.

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Re: Mounting drive in sub-folder of dropb-folder does not work -> no syncing

Explorer | Level 4

Yeah, let's hope. And let's hope soon!

My renewal is due in a few months ... and I am already paying for a Terabyte I do not need - and can not use due to this restriction (was planning to, but ...)

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