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Repeated failures when downloading folders

leatrudel New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2


I am downloading many large files from folders stored in Dropbox to my computer Desktop, and then uploading to my company's server. Sometimes these folders fail to download as they are too large, in which case I have to download subfolders individually, and track the folder structure elsewhere. Sometimes when the download is successfull however, we lose the folder structure, as files will divy up into a main folder and then a second "_MACOSX" folder, which will often contain partial or corrupted duplicate files. What does this mean?

The whole download is really precarious, because we are not only at risk of losing some files, but also losing the folder structure in the process of download. 

What can be done?


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Re: Repeated failures when downloading folders


Hey there @leatrudel, welcome to the Dropbox Community!

In general, it seems like the __MACOSX folder is a hidden folder containing metadata of the files, which won’t be seen on OS X 10.13 or higher, but you'll see this hidden folder when unzipping on other OSes. Its contents may also be read by Windows OS. 

I'd recommend having a look at this thread, where other users have discussed this and if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to get back to me. 



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