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Sync dropbox across multiple locations/hard drives

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Sync dropbox across multiple locations/hard drives

I have a larger dropbox account than my primary hard drive. It would be great if dropbox could support virtual links to files outside of it's default location, without those files having to also be in the main dropbox folder. I am aware of shortcuts/aliases on windows/OSX, but those don't solve the problem if my primary drive has limited space.

This is one workaround, but native support through the Dropbox client would be ideal: http://bobmckay.com/software/split-dropbox-across-multiple-drives

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Community Manager

Hi there

Sorry the the delay - are you still having issues?

Level 1

Yes. I used the junction link workaround, but it's not an ideal solution. It would be nice if Dropbox offered an integrated solution to this.

Level 1

I'd really like this feature. An additional sync location on an external HDD so I can keep those files backed up too. 

Level 1

what's the latest with these requests?  I agree, there is little point in having 1TB of dropbox space when primary harddrive storage is a faction of this.  Being able to sync across drives would be a great solution.

Level 1

I also am limited on hard drive space with a couple of my computers, and would like to be able to have additional sync locations on multiple drives. If it were a Pro feature I think it would be a huge selling point..

Level 1

Regarding this feature if it is ever added: When we add an external HDD as a sync location, we should indicate to DB that it is removable so that if it is not attached when we boot up DB won't assume that it has been deleted and delete our sync'd files. Rather it could have an indicator on the icon and when we click it we see the locations which cannot be sync'd with an option to remove it or ignore for this session.

Level 1

....if the external drive is not connected, Dropbox should leave files intact until the drive is next available to be synced - this is going to be common place for people traveling with their laptop - the chances are they have put less commonly used files on the external drive anyhow and aren't towing along these drives when they travel.                                          

A naming or color coding convention would be great too, to see at a glance which locations have  alternate sync locations. I know my memory is not what it was and I can't always remember decisions I made 9 months earlier.  I have been a dropbox user for 7-8 years and intend to continue so its important to me that dropbox has that trail - the current 'Selective Sync' function is buried about 5 clicks into the Preference Menu and its easy to forget especially when people are making location choices after getting a low memory warning which may only occur once or twice a year.  I want a more visible reminder (in finder or explorer) that there are secondary folders and files being stored on dropbox (..... and hopefully soon....synced with secondary locations).

Level 1
Level 2

I would love a feature like that described above. I am running a MacBook Pro with only 128GB hard drive. I have an additional 130 GB Transcend SD card permanently in my MacBook, on which I store my music and photos. It would be great to be able to sync both the DB folder on the hard drive which contains documents etc, as well as the two folders on the removable (yet always installed) SD card.

Level 2