@Fiona my safety is MY concern, not Dropbox's. This is a nanny tactic. A warning of the dangers would suffice, with the user then given the option to proceed should they wish to take this risk. You have eliminated this option and tied the users hands, forcing them to seek an alternitive because you think you know better. It's just ridiculous.
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Dropbox STILL won't let you use removable media. I have a small 35gb HDD but a massive SD card, which will NEVER be removed from my laptop, but yet Dropbox knows best....
This guy sums it up perfectly...
Let's call this what it is: Programmer Arrogance
Arrogance in "deciding" that a user will never want to use removable media for their Dropbox storage. I can say this as I'm a programmer too, and recognize taking away a user's rightful choice. Arrogance that a warning would not be sufficient. Yes, if a user does this, they need to realize the drive must always be available when they start their computer. But like others have posted, we live in a different world - 2 in 1 laptops, netbooks, tablets, all sorts of machines that often have limited storage on the "C:" drive if you can even call it that. Mine is an SSD, not really a drive at all.
When I bought this 2-in-1 laptop, it had a 32 GB drive. That is barely enough for Windows 10, which takes (I believe) 21 GB by itself. So I got a 32 GB SD Card and put it in the slot the day I bought it. I will never take it out of the slot. So why, oh why, do you want to deprive me of 32 GB of storage, on this storage-starved machine? Programmer arrogance.
Oh, but you say, I'll lose everything when the SD Card fails. Probably not, it will likely not fail. But even if so, I have Time Machine backups of Dropbox on my Mac, as well as BackBlaze online backups. So no, I am not going to lose anything. My choice! Not the choice of a Dropbox Programmer!
OK, I got this done but it was a huge hassle. I had to use the SUBST command to fake a drive, pointing to the real C: drive as the "fake" "R:" drive. Uninstall Dropbox and delete the Dropbox folder in my user profile. Reinstall and point to the fake drive during the install. Let it sync. Change Dropbox preferences not to start automatically. Shut down Dropbox. Copy the Dropbox folder over to the real destination, an SD card.
Then remove the SUBST R: drive and SUBST to point the fake drive to the SD Card, drive "D:". So now, instead of R:\Dropbox pointing to the C: drive, it points to the D: drive, the SD Card. Then I had to create a bat script to do the SUBST first, and then fire up Dropbox. I had to make sure the SUBST command ran first, before Dropbox fired up, otherwise I got an error and had to restart it.
So now, after all that, it works as it should. And now I have 10 GB free on the main C: drive. A must because some Windows updates/upgrades are 5 GB in size. I know, I just had one yesterday, which started me on this path.
A huge hassle, all because some programmer made this "decision" for me.
I've been a Dropbox user for many, many years and turned many clients on to it. But this can only be called a:
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The formatting on this website is absolutely ridiculous also. I replied to a specific post but this website placed my reply right at the very end of the comments where it made no sense. I had to go back and manually use quote tags after manually copying and pasting what I was replying to. Only to now find I cant delete the original reply which this site placed randomly at the end LOL....but if I edit said reply, this site is aware exactly which comment I replied to...but yet doesnt display it LOL....staggering, absolutely staggering.
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@Trever M. wrote: Frankly, this should be a no-brainer feature. If I choose to use "external media" for drop-box it's incumbent on ***ME*** the user. In my case, I use a Microsoft Surface Pro. The drive in it is only 256GB. I have a 200GB SDCard, which never leaves the computer. I have tried to use the create a folder, and mount into the folder as a way to bypass this, but I also use this drive to redirect downloads, documents, desktop, etc. and it hasn't been stable for this, so instead I use D:\ for those, and would like to do the same for a folder called D:\username\Dropbox just like I have for D:\username\Desktop or D:\username\Videos. It should be a simple checkbox, where I deliberately select to use an external drive and accept the risks associated, rather than being forced into using my C: drive. It's not uncommon nowadays to have users with computers that have a limited SSD drive for their boot, programs, etc. and a D:\ that is a microSD card for their file share data, of which DropBox would be included. If I can't get DropBox to work for me in this very basic way, I will find an alternative that works for me. Not that DB is going to miss my 99$ a year, but I am sure that users like me make up 1 - 2 % of potential users, which is an income stream they are missing out on. You sir are absolutely correct. It's now 2019 and this ridiculous restriction is still in place. Dropbox is currently being ininstalled as I type this.
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