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Explorer | Level 4

hello,

I have a large amount of music, in folders by artist and subfolders by album, on an external hard drive that I would like to copy to my Dropbox.

Some of them are already on my Dropbox but may not be updated.

How do I upload folders with the same name as ones already there, updating to include new songs/albums, without duplicating them or their contents?

Is it possible to do this as in Windows where it checks if you want to skip, replace

or overwrite?

Thank you.

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Star Collaborator | Level 17

Hi @Anjistar,

What you really ask for? Your last question is rhetoric in fact. thinking face Or I miss something.

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Explorer | Level 4

Perhaps I did not phrase my last question well enough.

To put it another way, when you move a file or folder from one location to another in Windows file explorer, if there is a file/folder with the same name already there, you will get a pop up that asks you whether you want to replace the current file/folder (ie overwrite the contents),skip that particular transfer or compare the files to see if they are the same size, date etc.

Is it possible to have this happen in Dropbox? 

At the moment it seems it just adds the file with a number in brackets after the name, or a selective sync conflict, which would mean trawling through all the files in the folder to see what was different. With over 500GB of music, that would take far too long, but I don't want to waste my dropbox space with duplicates.

 

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Dropboxer

Hello @Anjistar

Dropbox allows you to add the same files in a folder if you wish. It will not reports  a message to prevent you from uploading the same files online. If you are using Dropbox on your desktop, the Windows OS can do this for you, as you correctly mentioned. 

If you want to check for duplications, please note that all the duplicates emmidiately get the (1) on their name. This way you can use the search bar and search for (1) to locate and delete any duplicates. winking face

I hope this helps! 




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Explorer | Level 4

Dropbox isn't any smarter than your file manager.  However, if you try to add a folder where a folder of the same name exists, you should also get the option to merge the two. Will that not help?

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@Allan G. wrote:

Dropbox isn't any smarter than your file manager.


When using the local Dropbox folder on your computer, this is true, but when uploading through the Dropbox website, it doesn't work the same as Explorer or Finder.

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Explorer | Level 4

Yes, of course you are correct, I rarely use the website, and missed the crucial use of the word Upload.  Without trying to derail the discussion, is there any good reason for doing it this way?

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Explorer | Level 4

Thank you for the replies.

I can't use the desktop Dropbox as my laptop doesn't have enough space, so I have to do it online.

I guess I will have to upload the lot and then delete the duplicates.

Allan G, would you mind clarifying what you mean by 'this way', just out of interest?

Thank you

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Explorer | Level 4

I meant uploading the files to dropbox website, rather than moving them in to the dropbox folder on a computer and letting the desktop client sync them with the server. 

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Star Collaborator | Level 17

Hi @Anjistar,

As far as I can follow current discussion, your problem comes, probably, from fact that you are using one big directory for everything. The idea of "Selective Sync" is to remove from local filesystem everything currently not in use, so local space 'relax'. The problem comes from fact that files your try to override are not locally located and you can't do this in a trivial way! That's where the conflicts come from. winking face

Good practice will be change your work files organization. The files can be grouped in such a way one subfolder to contain everything you work on currently. This folder to be in sync locally, others could be removed (spare local space). So, as @Fiona already mentions, Windows OS will have chance to take care for the rest. winking face Good question here is: Why you keep two copies for files you work on? Give an answer to yourself, which can help the reorganization.

Hope this helps.

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