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about risks about putting dropbox folder in an external hard drive

about risks about putting dropbox folder in an external hard drive

rcgismondi
Explorer | Level 3

Friends, about the risk of losing data if an external drive, where is the Dropbox folder, becomes inaccessible, what do you think, to avoid this risk, to include the external drive in the Time Machine backups (Mac)?  In case of this type of problem, we could restore a yesterday backup, no?

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Re: about risks about putting dropbox folder in an external hard drive

Yuikol
Collaborator | Level 8

Maybe I'm confused, but if it's a dropbox folder than it's synced to the cloud. You can access it anywhere an any device.

 

But I'm all for data redundancy. Backups of backups. I got all my dropbox data on a mix of external and internal hard drives.

Re: about risks about putting dropbox folder in an external hard drive

rcgismondi
Explorer | Level 3

Dear Yuiko, thanks. My doubt about moving the dropbox folder to an external drive is due to the following post, which I read from Internet. I am preocupied with the risk of losing data ... Please, see: "

One of the most important things to always keep in mind when making such a move is: 1) The Dropbox folder must always be available when your computer boots and before the Dropbox desktop app starts up; 2)Some external drives take some time to mount before your computer recognizes them, and the Dropbox desktop app could start running before the external drive is ready; 3)  This would lead to a potential error and Dropbox will get confused; 4) If the external drive is disconnected from the computer while the Dropbox app is running, there's could be potential risk, such as the app starting to delete files."

Re: about risks about putting dropbox folder in an external hard drive

Yuikol
Collaborator | Level 8

Ok I think I get what you are saying. Those quotes you grabbed were from a 2017 post, I wonder if it's any different now. Maybe a dropbox representative will drop in soon.

 

Is the data on this external drive something you need access to everyday?

Does the data change often or is it archival?

 

No personal descriptions of the data needed.

Re: about risks about putting dropbox folder in an external hard drive

rcgismondi
Explorer | Level 3

Dear Yuikol, yes, that quote post was modified (without html) from a Karina's (dropboxer) 2017 post.

Answering your questions: 1) I will need to access the external drive files several times a day, including my Documents folder. 2) This won't be archival.

Awaiting you. Many thanks in advance. 

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