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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
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.

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New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Add an option to backup external hard drives (besides the Desktop, Documents and Doenload folders) using the new Dropbox Backup.

Explorer | Level 3

Hello Support,

 

Can the Pictures folder be added to Dropbox Backup within Windows 10?

 

That would be very usefull!

 

Explorer | Level 4

Agreed! The backup feature feels fairly severely limited if I can't tell it what to back up.

 

Backing up just Desktop, Documents and Downloads is not very helpful.

 

Desktop - generally nothing but shortcut icons. Maybe some temporary current work.

 

Documents - a massively over-subscribed space where just about every program I ever install will create its own folders and files. Not a useful place for me to put my own work files in.

 

Downloads - a totally ephemeral, throw-away space.

 

Backing up _only_ these is probably a bit pointless for many users.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Completely agree--if they would just allow Dropbox to sync arbirtrary folders, we could put this all to rest.  Not sure what the attachment is to the Dropbox folder anyway--generally, it's where OTHER people are sharing/putting files that sync to my computer, and where I put things I want to share with others.  If this were the only way to use this service, you wouldn't ever need the larger storage plans, like the one I've been paying you for years for, and can't even use since you removed the ability to sync files behind symlinks.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Yes, please! I bought a dropbox plan, assuming you could backup whatever folder you want (this sounded basic enough), but I was sorely disappointed. Not only is it currently limited to those 3 folders, you can't even sync them if they're not in their default locations or if the dropbox folder isn't on the same drive!

 

Please allow full customization of which folders can be backed up, this will make the backup feature actually useful for a lot of people. 

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

"Pictures" and "Music" are very personal folders that many people find valuable for backup. I think adding them to the "PC backup" feature can be very beneficial. It would also be very useful to add the ability to choose subfolders, as many of us have a specific folder in the "downloads" for junk/temporary downloads.

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