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i want to transfer photos from dropbox ro external hard drive but I do not want to delete them

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I want to copy a folder of photos from my Dropobix app (ie NOT from my computer hard drive Dropobox folder) onto an extrnal harddrive.

These photos do NOT exist currently on my laptopo harddrive - they were placed into dropobx from another laptop that has now died ...and would have to be synced to my other laptop.

I do not want to have them synced as I do not have enough storage on this laptop so I just wnat to tranbsfer them directly from Dropbox to the external hard drive for safe keeping!

I cannot work out how to do this.

I also always though that Dropbox was an external storage solution - and didnt take up space ion my hard drive - wrong ...Can anyone suggest good alternative external cloud based storage systems (not icloud) 

Happy to keep using the drop box for my files - so I can access on different laptops - just not for photos 

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Re: i want to transfer photos from dropbox ro external hard drive but I do not want to delete them

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@Leggsie wrote:

I do not want to have them synced as I do not have enough storage on this laptop so I just wnat to tranbsfer them directly from Dropbox to the external hard drive ...


The only way to do that would be to download them from the Dropbox website, saving them directly to your external hard drive.

The better solution is to have them synced to your local Dropbox folder first, and then copy them to your external drive. You can remove them, using Selective Sync, from the local Dropbox folder when your done to reclaim that drive space. Obviously, you'll need to do this is small batches since you don't have enough drive space, but it's the best and easiest method.


I also always though that Dropbox was an external storage solution

It has never been marketed as such. First and foremost, Dropbox is a file synchronization service, meant specifically to keep the files stored in your local Dropbox in-sync with those on other computers and within your account online. It does have two features that allow you to save space locally, Selective Sync and Smart Sync, but Dropbox has never worked as a network or cloud-based folder.


Can anyone suggest good alternative external cloud based storage systems (not icloud)

None of the "cloud" storage systems work that way. They all have a local folder storing files, and they sync that data to your account online. Some may have features similar to Smart Sync (like OneDrive), but they don't work as a cloud-based folder. There are third-party services/applications that may allow you to map a folder/drive to a cloud storage provider. Your best bet is to try a Google search, since this does not relate to Dropbox.

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