cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Announcements
We love to hear how every person gets the most from Dropbox, and it seems everyone has a slightly different use for it - tell us yours here!

Dropbox installs & integrations

Connect your tools and content together with help from the Dropbox Community. Join a discussion or post a question of your own to get started.

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

Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

bob99
Helpful | Level 5

Simple solution had at least an option in the settings to disable this feature.

 

I red a lot of messages in this community going back over a year now... and I understand why it's being created to help your software with notification... but I am sure their is a better way of doing this without writing an unwanted file on every external device.

 

7 Replies 7

Re: Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

Hannah
Dropboxer
Hey @bob99, thanks for reaching out to our Community and happy Monday!

Would you mind sending me a screenshot of this file as it appears on a connected device?

Also, have you maybe enabled our camera uploads feature on your Dropbox desktop app?

Thanks!

Hannah
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


Heart Did this post help you? If so, please give it a Like below.
:arrows_counterclockwise: Still stuck? Ask me a question!
:pushpin: Tips & Tricks Find new ways to stay in flow or share your tips on how you work smarter with Dropbox.

Re: Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

VicVega
Explorer | Level 4

I have the same question. And I think you can move forward with replying to us without asking for a screenshot. You work for Dropbox! How about asking the person next to you? Or do a Google search, or just plug an external drive to a Windows PC with the Dropbox client installed. Don't ask the end user for more information that can so easily be obtained at your own fingertips.

Re: Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

bob99
Helpful | Level 5

Here are two screenshot:

 

Z68A_G43_527.png

Can't seem to find camera upload...

Z68A_G43_528.png

Re: Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

Gigabyte
Helpful | Level 6

Please tell me how stopped creation of these files on all devices connected to the PC? This is terrible! Files are created, including on client devices, which we connect to our PCs and we receive indignation from them as well!

 

Identify devices by VolumeID and store settings locally. Why write them to devices? Moreover, for example, for me, any synchronization and import of photos for ALL devices is turned off. What additional files can there be in this case, if the Dropbox should not import anything from anywhere?

Re: Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

Jay
Dropboxer
Hi everyone, if you're plugging in an external drive to your computer, if you choose not to back it up to Dropbox, then to prevent the app from prompting about the same drive in the future, the dropbox.device file is created there. This isn't locally stored in the Dropbox desktop application.

If you delete the file, then the app will again prompt if you want to back it up, each time it is deleted. 

Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


Heart Did this post help you? If so, please give it a Like below.
:arrows_counterclockwise: Still stuck? Ask me a question!
:pushpin: Tips & Tricks Find new ways to stay in flow or share your tips on how you work smarter with Dropbox.

Re: Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

Gigabyte
Helpful | Level 6

Hi.

I am not making backup of any disc. And I don't plans to create them. Why do I need have these settings (files) on all connected drives?

It is necessary to stop their creation. The program interferes into user's individual space and litters there.

 

Also, when I connect a USB flash drive from the camera, the file is created there, and Adobe Lightroom Import reports an error: The files are not photos or videos. And this is also a problem just, because the Dropbox decided to remember something on this device. This doesn't apply to Dropbox and Dropbox shouldn't monitor my external drives.

Please add a settings to stop this. Your support board already has several threads about it and peoples are outraged by the creation of files.

Re: Stop creating a file (.dropbox.device) on every device I connect to my pc!

Gigabyte
Helpful | Level 6

What if I insert another user's external drive into my computer, who uses Dropbox and has different settings? For example, he makes backups. My Dropbox wiil be use settings of another user's from a file on disk?


And the file that will write my Dropbox to external drive of another's user will force its dropbox to follow my settings? This is very, very strange!

Who's talking

Top contributors to this post

  • User avatar
    Gigabyte Helpful | Level 6
  • User avatar
    Jay Dropboxer
  • User avatar
    bob99 Helpful | Level 5
What do Dropbox user levels mean?
Need more support?