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Prevent synchronization after new Dropbox installation

Prevent synchronization after new Dropbox installation

Explorer | Level 4

Hello!
I added a new hard disk, with new operative system (Win 10), to my desktop PC; I have already installed Dropbox, which I already used with my old OS (Win 7) but, before synchronizing.......

I still have my Dropbox shared folder available in the "old" hard disk.
Is there an existing procedure that can help me, somehow, making a simple "drag and drop" of my old folder to the new hard disk (and OS) and getting it synchronized without sync-downolading? (I'd like to avoid a full new download of my stuff and save some Gb because I don't have a flat contract with my internet provider)

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Re: Prevent synchronization after new Dropbox installation

Dropboxer

Hey @g_a_b_, thanks for posting!

 

What I could suggest would be install and set up the app on the device, and once the app starts to "sync", you can pause the syncing process. 

 

While the syncing is paused, you can copy over the contents of the "old" folder to the new Dropbox folder the app created.

 

Once you've made the copy, you can resume the sync, and the app will instead index the files within the folder and crosscheck them with your account online.

 

Let me know if that does the trick!


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Re: Prevent synchronization after new Dropbox installation

Dropboxer

Hey @g_a_b_, thanks for posting!

 

What I could suggest would be install and set up the app on the device, and once the app starts to "sync", you can pause the syncing process. 

 

While the syncing is paused, you can copy over the contents of the "old" folder to the new Dropbox folder the app created.

 

Once you've made the copy, you can resume the sync, and the app will instead index the files within the folder and crosscheck them with your account online.

 

Let me know if that does the trick!


Daphne
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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Re: Prevent synchronization after new Dropbox installation

Explorer | Level 4

Great!
It worked perfectly, thank you a lot!

Re: Prevent synchronization after new Dropbox installation

Dropboxer

I'm glad to hear that @g_a_b_!

 

I'm just a post away if you need anything else. :beaming face with smiling eyes:

 

Hope you have a great rest of your week!


Daphne
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