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Re: Dual booting with shared DB drive possible?

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'..There is no common format that is supported on each operating system....'

That post doesn't make sense. You don't need compat formats on the drive system. Dropbox should just be copying down folders and files to the file system irrespective of what format. Any of those will support the same files - for instance, you can dload .docx or linux text files just fine to any format - disk format is irrelevent.

 

There is no technology reason why Dropbox decided to end support for this option - they supported it in the past I believe but functionality was removed.

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Re: Dual booting with shared DB drive possible?

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Hi @chasDSO,

Yes, You are absolutely right! I don't know (and not just me) why Dropbox set this limitation. My work is just workaround the limitation. slightly smiling face

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Re: Dual booting with shared DB drive possible?

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@chasDSO wrote:

'..There is no common format that is supported on each operating system....'

That post doesn't make sense.


In terms of Dropbox, yes, it does. Dropbox does not support NTFS for Linux, anything other than NTFS for Windows, etc. Are there workarounds? Yes, apparently, but that doesn't make my comment invalid. In reference to Dropbox and how it works, there is no common format that will allow the official Dropbox client to work across mutliple operating systems. I'm not talking hacks or workarounds. I'm not talking about Linux being able to access NTFS. I'm talking naitive Dropbox support of the file system.

Regardless, I removed that last post of mine since


There is no technology reason why Dropbox decided to end support for this option - they supported it in the past I believe but functionality was removed.


No one ever said there was a technology reason for it. No one is debating that. Dropbox simply doesn't support it anymore. Technically they never officially supported it, but it worked.

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Re: Dual booting with shared DB drive possible?

Star Collaborator | Level 18

@Rich wrote:

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No one ever said there was a technology reason for it. No one is debating that. Dropbox simply doesn't support it anymore. Technically they never officially supported it, but it worked.


Almost, but not exactly! In fact You are right, there wasn't (and is not) any technology. Dropbox (or any other such service) don't need to support this. This is OS responsibility! And, in this context, it's not clear why was this limitation added (not support missing)! Support is not need.

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Re: Dual booting with shared DB drive possible?

Super User II

@Здравко wrote:

Support is not need.


You're confusing support from a technology standpoint (Product A working with Product B) and support from a business standpoint (Company A saying "No, we don't allow that.").

Dropbox never officially supported Dropbox being used in such a configuration. They didn't design it to work like that, and if a person wasn't careful they could cause damage to their files or possibly lose data (like by using Selective Sync in such a configuration). I'm guessing that's the reason Dropbox no longer supports their product being used in such a way. They could simply be trying to make it more idiot-proof, like they've been trying to do for years.

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