cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Announcements
Tell us what you want to see on the Community here!
Close

Dropbox ideas

Got an idea for Dropbox? We want to hear it. Our team will review the top voted ideas, so share them here!

cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Can we have more folder options to add to Computer Backup?

Can we have more folder options to add to Computer Backup?

New member | Level 2

Right now, the automated backup option in Dropbox allows me to sync my Documents, Desktop and Downloads folders. By far the biggest - and most important - folder on my computer is the Music folder though. I can imagine for other people it's Pictures. Could we have a way to automatically backup those folders too?


To be really ambitious: would we be able to clone our computer on Dropbox? I used to have an Apple Time Machine that allowed you to do just that. If your computer broke down or was stolen, you could buy a new one, let it download the clone, including not just your documents but your applications and presets too, and you'd be good to go!

Please let Dropbox be the new Time Machine.

48 Comments
New member | Level 2
chat copy:
last question about the Mac app: I hate that there is no way to sync folder outside dropbox, except the classic one (you implemented few months ago)
wish you could add a feature like mega.nz, where I can sync every type of folder
New member | Level 2

Dear Dropbox team, I don't understand why this topic is given so little attention. There was a trick to synchronize folders outside of the Dropbox folder. That was awesome. You got rid of that. That's why I went to "Google Drive". Now my joy that something is possible here again, but without access to ALL folders on the Mac, somehow unfinished. Kind regards, Alex

Explorer | Level 4

The (expensive) backup service you provide is useless for many people. The only folders we can back up are ones like My Documents and My Videos, and then everything in those folders is backed up, even exe, temp, dat, etc. We (the users) need to be able to exclude file types, choose individual folders, AND back up external or network drives. Being able to time the backups would also be useful.

 

Your idea people and programmers should take a look at iDrive. It's clunky, but it is vastly more useful. I am spending $120 per year with you to get file transfer and back up service and right now it is not worth the money.

New member | Level 2

Wouldn't it be great if one could get automatic backup to Dropbox of the Pictures folder on a Mac?

Jonas

Explorer | Level 4

Yeah the Desktop, Documents or Downloads option might be great for my grandma, but I've got separate drives with motion projects/files I'd like to have backed up to the cloud on the regular and it would be great to use the dropbox account I'm already paying for (as opposed to another cloud service).  Get with it DB!

New member | Level 2

If arbitrary folder syncing is implemented, it would be fantastic if those folders didn't have to be on the same drive as the primary Dropbox folder. This would enable uploads of large files (over the 50GB Dropbox.com limit) stored on external drives without having to needlessly copy the large files onto the internal drive (often impractical or impossible) or move the Dropbox folder to the external drive every time a seperate external drive is used. This would benefit folks like me who have many large files on multiple external drives.

 

Upload limitations

https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/sync-uploads/upload-limitations

 

Moving the Dropbox folder

https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/desktop/move-dropbox-folder

New member | Level 2

I just started using Dropbox again, after being lured with the "Computer backup" function. This couldn't be more disappointing. This is not a backup at all, as it's impossible to backup Pictures, Music, etc. Luckily I'm still using a trial.

Dropboxer

Hey everyone; thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas on our computer backup feature!

 

I just dropped by to let you know that even though we're not sure what might be in the works, we'll make sure to update you here as soon as something comes up. 

 

See you around the Community and thanks for using Dropbox! 

Explorer | Level 3

Well nowadays all the PC's / Laptops have more that 2 drives for sure... If you want this feature to be really usefull we need the option to be able to backup from all the drives we have in our computer or other external drives, wich can sync only when we connect them.

Explorer | Level 3

Currently Dropbox Backup supports only some pre-defined folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads), but only in case when these folders are on the same volume as the Dropbox folder. It seems to me that this idea is derived from notebook use cases only. 

 

I and many other pro users have separate volumes (e.g. on Mac Pro) even external drives connected via Thunderbolt (even to notebooks). Anyway it is a bad practice to store working files on OS boot volume. Storing working files on OS boot volume makes the volume imaging technologies (almost) useless.

 

Please support backup of any folders residing on any volumes. It is a nice idea to show a warning once if the volume resides on a detachable external device, but that is enough. Let the users back up any folders/files.

 

Vote for this idea

Like this idea? Vote for it and we will give it the attention it deserves!

0 votes received