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Syncing external drive for travel without re-downloading 2TB of files

Jason M.50
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Step 1 - choose dropbox over google drive

Step 2 - put all of my "my documents" folder into dropbox (about 1.5 TB)

*syncs to dropbox over the next few days*

Step 3 - sync via lan to the downstairs computer

Step 4 - copy all of those files manually to an external hard drive

Step 5 - drive to florida with the hard drive and a laptop

Step 6 - install dropbox on laptop and make the dropbox folder a file on the external drive

Step 7 - close dropbox

Step 8 - copy all of the aforementioned files to the dropbox in the same exact structure

Step 8 - wait a day for all of the 1.5 million or so files to index or what not

Now, it appears it is reuploading ALL of my files and redownloading ALL of the other files.

What gives? These are the same exact files with the same exact original dates!

And I know this BS about syncing with an external drive, ok I'll take the risk, I've done it before but with less files. 

What gives? Do I have to literally download all of these files before using them? Doing it via LAN or especially internet is completely unacceptable. Why can't I just copy the files over and have dropbox recognize them as the same files? 

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Re: Syncing external drive for travel without re-downloading 2TB of files

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hi there @Jason M.50, thanks for checking in with us. 

Since you mention that you've added 1.5 million files to the desktop app, it'll take some time for it to complete the process. 

To make sure that we're on the same page though, could you clarify for me where you're seeing that your files are all being re-uploaded to your Dropbox account? 

What does your events page show regarding this?

Keep me posted!


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