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What happens to my Dropbox files if I disconnect my external hard drive?

What happens to my Dropbox files if I disconnect my external hard drive?

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If I copy files from an external hard drive to my drop box on my computer and I disconnect the external drive can my computer still access the files in drop box?

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Re: drop box and external drive

Dropboxer

Hey there @gea - welcome to our Community and thanks for posting your question here!

Assuming that you give the desktop app enough time to sync the changes you applied (until it states 'Up to date') you should be able to do this normally. 

Remember, your Dropbox folder is just a normal folder on your hard drive and while it's pretty common to assume Dropbox works like a network drive because of its many online features, in essence, your Dropbox folder is actually a normal folder and its contents are stored on your hard drive.

The Dropbox application only watches your Dropbox folder for changes and syncs those changes online and to your other computers. One of the benefits of this way of syncing is always having access to your files, even while you are offline.

For more information on moving files versus copying them, visit our Help Center article:

https:confused face:/help.dropbox.com/desktop-web/files-move-instead-of-copy

If you'd like more info on how to add files to your account in general, please see below:

https:confused face:/help.dropbox.com/desktop-web/add-files

I hope this information helps and please let me know if you have any more questions. 


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Re: drop box and external drive

Dropboxer

Hey there @gea - welcome to our Community and thanks for posting your question here!

Assuming that you give the desktop app enough time to sync the changes you applied (until it states 'Up to date') you should be able to do this normally. 

Remember, your Dropbox folder is just a normal folder on your hard drive and while it's pretty common to assume Dropbox works like a network drive because of its many online features, in essence, your Dropbox folder is actually a normal folder and its contents are stored on your hard drive.

The Dropbox application only watches your Dropbox folder for changes and syncs those changes online and to your other computers. One of the benefits of this way of syncing is always having access to your files, even while you are offline.

For more information on moving files versus copying them, visit our Help Center article:

https:confused face:/help.dropbox.com/desktop-web/files-move-instead-of-copy

If you'd like more info on how to add files to your account in general, please see below:

https:confused face:/help.dropbox.com/desktop-web/add-files

I hope this information helps and please let me know if you have any more questions. 


Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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