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backup and sync from 3rd party server to my dropbox account

backup and sync from 3rd party server to my dropbox account

Mikeytres
Explorer | Level 4

Hi, I currently have dropbox plus and I use it on both my laptop and mobile. I have recently built a database and website which is hosted by a 3rd party. I would like to backup that website and database to my dropbox account without having to install my account on this 3rd party's server, I would also like this backup to run automatically. Please advise if this is possible and how to go about it?

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Re: backup and sync from 3rd party server to my dropbox account

Lusil
Dropboxer

Hey there @Mikeytres,

In general, we don't recommend to sync live databases with Dropbox. Most databases have remote access methods, so you don't need to sync the live database, although you should be able to sync saved snapshots.

That said, you can use Dropbox to share the data, but you need to take great care and understand how file syncing works.

Most programs create a "file lock" on any file that they're using, and this lock will prevent Dropbox from syncing the file, and in some cases you must fully quit the app before Dropbox can sync the data. You must then make sure Dropbox has finished syncing before trying to access the file from any computer.

If you're sharing the data between computers you must not run the app on more than one computer at a time as you'll generate file conflicts and other problems.

Thus, the pattern needs to be:

  1. Let files sync
  2. Start application
  3. Save files
  4. Quit application
  5. Repeat on different computers.

I understand if this reply doesn't offer much insight on the matter, but I do hope it helps to some extent. 


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Re: backup and sync from 3rd party server to my dropbox account

Lusil
Dropboxer

Hey there @Mikeytres,

In general, we don't recommend to sync live databases with Dropbox. Most databases have remote access methods, so you don't need to sync the live database, although you should be able to sync saved snapshots.

That said, you can use Dropbox to share the data, but you need to take great care and understand how file syncing works.

Most programs create a "file lock" on any file that they're using, and this lock will prevent Dropbox from syncing the file, and in some cases you must fully quit the app before Dropbox can sync the data. You must then make sure Dropbox has finished syncing before trying to access the file from any computer.

If you're sharing the data between computers you must not run the app on more than one computer at a time as you'll generate file conflicts and other problems.

Thus, the pattern needs to be:

  1. Let files sync
  2. Start application
  3. Save files
  4. Quit application
  5. Repeat on different computers.

I understand if this reply doesn't offer much insight on the matter, but I do hope it helps to some extent. 


Lusil
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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Re: backup and sync from 3rd party server to my dropbox account

Mikeytres
Explorer | Level 4

Hi Lusil, 

Thank you for your response. Your detailed answered certainly helps me to better understand the issues and how to move forward. 

Much Appreciated!

Mike

 

 

Re: backup and sync from 3rd party server to my dropbox account

Lusil
Dropboxer

Glad to hear that, @Mikeytres:relieved:

If you have any other questions in the future, don't hesitate to give us a nudge. In the meantime, have a wonderful day ahead!


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