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Dropbox stuck indexing, then silently shuts down

Explorer | Level 3

I'm having some trouble getting dropbox to sync.

I recently reset my windows 10 installation, after which I reinstalled dropbox, and since have been unable to use it. 

My dropbox directory is stored on another drive, so when re-installing, i am selecting the original intact drive with all of my dropbox files on. Dropbox then prompts me with a message saying 'indexing 170 files...", which it remains stuck on for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes or so, the application then just closes and nothing happens. Relaunching the application repeats the above process.

Any idea what's going on? and how i can fix it? 

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Re: Dropbox stuck indexing, then silently shuts down

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Hey there (@Beennn), did you point the new installation to your existing folder-structure using the Advanced Settings on the setup window? Any detail in regards to how you went about with the migration would be very helpful. 
 
From there, as it looks like you may have some files in your folder that have their permissions incorrectly set, the first step is to try resetting the permissions to see if that helps Dropbox interact with your files. Those are the instructions in Part I. If that doesn't work, I'd like you to try the advanced reinstall steps outlined in Part II. Please only go to Part II after restarting your computer and making sure that Part I didn't solve the problem.
 
Part I: Permissions: 
 
More information
You can fix your permissions settings with the following steps: 

#1. If Dropbox is running:
- Click on the Dropbox icon in the system tray
- Choose "Exit"

#2. Press the Windows Key + R (at the same time) then type "cmd" and press enter to open the Command prompt.

#3. Copy and paste the following lines into the Command Prompt, one at a time, and press RETURN after each one. PLEASE make sure you copy and paste these commands(don't type them by hand), as getting them wrong could cause some harm. Also, you can only paste them by right clicking and selecting “Paste”. Don't worry if one of the instructions below fail or you can't find the folder in one of these locations. This is normal.
 
icacls "%HOMEPATH%\Dropbox" /grant "%USERNAME%":(F) /T
 
icacls "%APPDATA%\Dropbox" /grant "%USERNAME%":(F) /T
 
icacls "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Dropbox" /grant "%USERNAME%":(F) /T
 
If you have any questions before you do this, or if you see an error after running one of these commands, please let us know!
 
#4. Restart Dropbox from Start -> All Programs. Please also restart your computer.
Part II: Advanced Reinstall
 
Following, please follow these instructions to perform an advanced reinstall. 
 
Please do let me know of the outcome whenever you have some spare time & I’ll do my best to follow-up with you. Enjoy the rest of your day until we talk again!

 


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Re: Dropbox stuck indexing, then silently shuts down

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Hi Jane,

Thanks for your reply,

did you point the new installation to your existing folder-structure using the Advanced Settings on the setup window?  I did yep; i have dropbox on its own dedicated HDD, my windows instalation is on its own dedicated SSD; i also use the windows SSD for program installations (including dropbox); i then set the location for dropbox to use under the advanced settings during installation to use the HDD (the HDD already holds all of my dropbox files pre-installation).

Unfortunately part 1 didn't work - will be trying part 2 today. Will keep you updated, thanks!

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Re: Dropbox stuck indexing, then silently shuts down

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Sure @Beennn, let’s leave this discussion open as a point of contact; please take your time to try my suggestions & keep me posted on the outcome whenever you get a chance! 

 


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Re: Dropbox stuck indexing, then silently shuts down

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@Jane sorry for the long delay - unfortunately i'm still having trouble after following part 2 of your instructions. Can you advise anything else? 

Thanks,

Ben

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Re: Dropbox stuck indexing, then silently shuts down

Dropboxer
Thanks for sticking with me on this discussion Ben (@Beennn); I appreciate the update & I’d happily further investigate the cause of this discrepancy with you! As I’d like to dig a bit deeper & have a closer look on your setup through our Official Support channel having all our tools available, I’ve made sure to reach out to you directly via email. 
 
Whenever you find some time, please check your inbox for my email & I’ll make sure to promptly get back in touch with you asap!

 


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