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Can I move my Dropbox folder from one external hard drive to another?

Explorer | Level 3

I'm using Mac and have Dropbox on an external harddisc. Works fine slightly smiling face

Now I want to move the content (1,3 TB) to another harddisc.

Is there a way to move the files, so I don't have to do it via "the cloud"?
I have a slow internet connection so it will probably take several weeks to move the content, if it needs to download all the files from Dropbox in the cloud.
Where as moving 1,3 TB manually between two discs may only takes approx. 4-5 hours.

Thanks in advance
Nils

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Re: Moving Dropbox

Dropboxer

Hi @Harbo - how are  you today?

Even though we recommend against having your Dropbox Folder onto an external hard drive, assuming that those hard drives are of a supported filesystem (HFS+ and APFS formatted drives), you should be able to move it using the steps outlined in the relevant Help Center article

You can also change your bandwidth settings through the desktop app's preferences to speed this process up

Let me know how it goes and welcome to our Community Nils!

 


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Re: Can I move my Dropbox folder from one external hard drive to another?

Explorer | Level 3

Thanks Walter. But however....

I have started to move the files as suggested in the Help Center article (which I already had read).
I have to move 56200 files. At first the speed was okay; estimating that it would take like 6-7 hours.  But now, the day after, with remaining approx. 3.000 files the speed is unacptable slow.
Why is that?
Is Dropbox actually moving the files between my local folders (which should take only 6 hours); or is it moving via Dropbox in the cloud?
Kind regards
Nils

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Re: Can I move my Dropbox folder from one external hard drive to another?

Explorer | Level 3

Finally it worked.
Took a long time, though....  slightly smiling face

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Re: Can I move my Dropbox folder from one external hard drive to another?

Dropboxer

Thanks for the updates @Harbo; glad to hear it's sorted now.

Have a lovely weekend and see you around! 

 


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