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Move Dropbox folder to removable drive?

David S.266
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I have an Intel Compute Stick with very little storage on the device itself. I tried to move my Dropbox folder to a microSD card installed in my Intel Compute Stick but I got an error message from Dropbox because the microSD card is removable. Is there any way of overriding this, so that I can put my Dropbox folder on my microSD card?

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adam l.22
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I had been searching and I found this. Just did it and it works perfectly. http://copytaste.com/io8211xb

Dropbox on a Thumb Drive

1. You can have your Dropbox folder on removable media (a flash/thumb drive) on Windows. If you have a flash/thumb drive, you will first need to mount it. This is done by:


a. Control panel --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management
b. Right click on the flash/thumb drive, select Change Drive Letter and Paths…
c. Select add, then select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder, browse to your C:, select New Folder…
d. Name the folder "DB Mount", click OK, click OK, click OK. Close Computer Management. 
e. You can now access your flash/thumb drive through its removable storage location (drive letter) or through the mounted location (C: DB Mount). Dropbox requires a local drive (the mounted volume).


2. Download Dropbox at: https://www.dropbox.com/install (You will have to signup for an account if you don't already have one).


3. If you have a flash/thumb drive, install Dropbox to the mounted drive in C:, named DB Mount. Select the this as the location for your Dropbox directory.

 

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Peter M.102
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I'm in a very similar situation. From what I've seen on these forums, Dropbox will prevent you from using any type of "removable" storage.

Re: Move Dropbox folder to removable drive?

David S.266
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I was able to move my Dropbox to an external hard drive, a USB Western Digital Passport Ultra, 2TB. What doesn't work is a MicroSD card. In order to avoid problems:
1. In 'Preferences' in the Windows Dropbox desktop program, set Dropbox NOT to start with Windows. This allows the USB external hard drive to start when you start your Windows computer and then be recognized by Windows. Start Dropbox manually.
2. If you are concerned about overwriting or losing files, Dropbox offers an add-on under which deleted files and versions are kept for 1 year.
3. Boxcryptor works well as a front-end to encrypt files in Dropbox on the fly, even encrypting file names. Once Dropbox is up and running, I start my Boxcryptor and Windows sees the Boxcryptor-encrypted files in Dropbox as local files on drive X:

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Abdul A.3
New member | Level 1

I also have the similar problem. I want to move my dropbox folder to my Flash drive from preference but simply it doesn't support it

 

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Ebbe J.
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I Have the same problem with my Acer 2 in 1. I use it when I travel to share pics. All drives except the C-drive is is theoretically removable - so why pick on flash drives - the main drive in my netbook is a flash drive.

It really ought to be up to us users, as long as we have been warned.  I have dropbox on my pc at home which is my main repository - just need to be able to upload pictures and send links to other people so they can view them while I m still on the road.

Maybe I am using the wrong tool? Any suggestions?

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RAMY M.
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I have this problem

Re: Move Dropbox folder to removable drive?

adam l.22
New member | Level 1

I had been searching and I found this. Just did it and it works perfectly. http://copytaste.com/io8211xb

Dropbox on a Thumb Drive

1. You can have your Dropbox folder on removable media (a flash/thumb drive) on Windows. If you have a flash/thumb drive, you will first need to mount it. This is done by:


a. Control panel --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management
b. Right click on the flash/thumb drive, select Change Drive Letter and Paths…
c. Select add, then select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder, browse to your C:, select New Folder…
d. Name the folder "DB Mount", click OK, click OK, click OK. Close Computer Management. 
e. You can now access your flash/thumb drive through its removable storage location (drive letter) or through the mounted location (C: DB Mount). Dropbox requires a local drive (the mounted volume).


2. Download Dropbox at: https://www.dropbox.com/install (You will have to signup for an account if you don't already have one).


3. If you have a flash/thumb drive, install Dropbox to the mounted drive in C:, named DB Mount. Select the this as the location for your Dropbox directory.

 

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russ c.3
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thank you Adam!   if you are ever in CT i'll buy you a beer!

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Kelly C.21
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Thanks Adam I - worked for an SD card as well

Re: Move Dropbox folder to removable drive?

Amber H.6
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Thank you, Adam. It worked perfectly for an SD card in a 2-in-1. 😄

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