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Cannot start up Dropbox

Cannot start up Dropbox

rsm2
Explorer | Level 3

Installed a new iMac (running OS 10.13.6) and migrated applications and files from an older Mac (that is still working fine).

 

Everything went well except Dropbox, which refuses to install. I get a message saying

 

Couldn't start Dropbox.

This is usually because of a permissions error. Storing your home folder on a network share can also cause this error.

For more information, click the help button below.

Please check the system console for more details.

 

 

 

I have followed the instructions that the help button led me to about going to the Terminal and inputting a series of demands, to no avail.

 

I can get at the files in dropbox from my browser.

 

I am inclined to think I need to reformat the hard drive and reinstall everything, not a fun prospect. 

 

Other suggestions?

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Re: Cannot start up Dropbox

Jay
Dropboxer
Hi there, try doing an advanced reinstallation to see if this repairs the app for it to work.
 
Let me know how it goes!

Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Cannot start up Dropbox

Jay
Dropboxer
Hi there, try doing an advanced reinstallation to see if this repairs the app for it to work.
 
Let me know how it goes!

Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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Re: Cannot start up Dropbox

RSM1
Explorer | Level 4

Thank you so much! 

 

Following the advanced reinstallation procedure, Dropbox started up, at last. It was still syncing files when I went home, but all was finished and working normally this morning.

 

 

Re: Cannot start up Dropbox

RSM1
Explorer | Level 4

BTW, I would like to click the "accept as solution" button but cannot see it.

Re: Cannot start up Dropbox

Jay
Dropboxer
It looks like the solution was accepted, so all is good!

Glad to hear that the app is up and running successfully now. 🙂

Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Cannot start up Dropbox

RSM1
Explorer | Level 4

Yes, after way too much time wallowing around, I found the solution you suggested a trememdous relief. It worked--very cleanly.

 

Thanks.

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