'..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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I attempted this today, I think this thread is outdated. It looks like the dropbox desktop client for Linux no longer supports ntfs formatted volumes (requires ext4 formatted partition). Thus, it seems now impossible to boot between linux and windows and share dropbox files between them (Windows can not read ext4 formatted partition) - you must have two different dropbox installations - this is from the system requirements page on dropbox: Linux : Ubuntu 14.04 or higher, Fedora 21 or higher The Dropbox folder will need to be on an ext4-formatted hard drive or partition Note: ecryptfs is not supported, but Dropbox will continue to sync with supported file systems that are encrypted via full disk encryption (e.g. LUKS) So I have a question though. Does anyone know, if I'm booted in Linux, I can see and mount the ntfs drive - so I can open and modify files in the ntfs mounted drive within the dropbox folders for the Windows install. If I modify those files, next time I boot into Windows and the dropbox client runs - will it see the files have changed and synch them? I'm terribly disappointed that dropbox doesn't support a dual boot scenario and will be investigating alternative storage services now.
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