OMG!! The mysterious prompt asking if I wanted to backup my external hard drive has just reappeared after a 3 or 4 month absence!
I didn't do anything to prompt it. All the previous suggestions to encourage the prompt to reappear didn't work. It seems maybe after certain amount of time passes, the prompt reappears or Dropbox servers sent it out again. I don't know, but I'm now a happy bunny!
Okay I got myself a big 12 TB WD Black Drive (https://www.westerndigital.com/products/external-drives/wd-black-d10-game-drive-for-xbox-usb-3-2-hdd...) to make a secondary backup of my data (using a Macbook M1 2020). I formatted the disk in two partitions: one of 10 TB for my data, 2 TB for my Time Machine backups in Monterey.
Everything works fine and Dropbox always prompts to ask if I want to backup my data - but I said 'no' so far.
1. My first question I'm surprised (in a good way) that it's prompting because Dropbox External Drive Sync only works with APFS partitions on Mac, correct? So if I say yes, it's just not gonna work, correct? So how come Dropbox can detect non-APFS drives? Just curious here.
2. I'm also surprised (in a good way) that it prompts to backup the Time Machine partition - if I had a SSD/APFS drive, would Time Machine backup drive be backed up by Dropbox? And would this work if I wanted one day to retrieve my Time Machine back to a new Macbook, through syncing another SSD/APFS drive from Dropbox onto this new Macbook? Have you ever done this? Are Time Machine backups files formatted in a certain way, are they just like any other storage files? Just curious here too.
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