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This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

Nathanel T.
Helpful | Level 5

Is this some kind of a joke? I keep my dropbox folder on a separate partition to simply redirect the dropbox daemon to that location and not have to go through the whole download process all over again. Now, after a fresh install of Fedora 21, installing this new version of dropbox prevents me from pointing it to the previously installed location stating 'This folder already contains a Dropbox directory.'.... THIS NEEDS TO BE FIXED NOW!

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Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory 2017

Rich
Super User II
Uninstall Dropbox if it's installed. Rename your existing Dropbox folder to Dropbox_OLD or similar. Reinstall Dropbox and select the location that you want for the Dropbox folder. Keep in mind that external drives are NOT recommended as data loss can occur under the right conditions. When the installation is finished, Dropbox will immediately start to sync. Pause syncing or exit Dropbox. Move the content of Dropbox_OLD into the newly created Dropbox folder. When the move is complete, and not before, resume syncing or re-launch Dropbox.

At this point Dropbox will begin indexing all of your files. This process will take a while, especially with 700GB of data to go through. During this time it may say that files are uploading or downloading, but it's only transferring comparison data and any changes that it find. be patient and LET IT WORK.

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Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

John L.2
Dropboxer

Hi Nathanel,

This is a known issue that we are working on fixing. Can you download 2.10.52 for now?

https://d1ilhw0800yew8.cloudfront.net/client/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-2.10.52.tar.gz

Thanks!
John

Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

Nathanel T.
Helpful | Level 5

Awesome John, thank you for the prompt response 🙂 - Other than that the new app looks great.

Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

Dave G.
New member | Level 1

Hello,

What's the sketch with this? I needed to uninstall and reinstall dropbox but now I cannot use it because it wants to download all my files again to a new location (300gb worth). I need to be able to point the new installation to it's previous location. This is an urgent issue.

The link to v2.10.52 below does not contain a setup.exe file.

Thanks,
Dave

Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

Nathanel T.
Helpful | Level 5

Dave, that specific link is for Linux based distributions, hence the 'Fedora' in the title... it's an unpacked version of the DB daemon for 64 bit linux-based distributions....

Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

Dave G.
New member | Level 1

Hello. Thanks for the note Nathaniel - I was a bit out of my depth opening that then!!

My fix for this for anyone else coming across this was to copy both my dropboxes into a new folder, re-install dropbox, and then copy all my files back into the specified dropbox folders again. Didn't take too long and all synced up nicely again now.

Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

John L.2
Dropboxer

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the report! This issue should have been fixed in 3.0.4. Were you still experiencing problems on that build?

Best,
John

Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

Dave G.
New member | Level 1

yes

Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

Dario S.
New member | Level 1

I also have the same problem. I have Dropbox 3.05 and use Windows 7 Professional.

I renamed the original folder to DropboxOld and used the same process to begin the move. I planned to pause it as soon as it started, delete the new folder created by the application, and rename DropboxOld to Dropbox, but it has been stuck at "Moving Dropbox..." for a few minutes and when I look at the destination, it didn't even create a new Dropbox folder to begin copying files into.

The website is also remarkably inflexible. When I go to the download page, I only can download version 3.05 - not any older versions and not the 3.1.274 development version, which I need to use a search engine to find on another website.

Re: This folder already contains a Dropbox directory. (Dropbox 3.03 on Fedora 21 (x64)

Matthew C.5
New member | Level 1

Also having problems

On v3.0.5 of dropbox using Mint 17.1 x64

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