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How To Move the Dropbox Folder Location

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How To Change the Dropbox Folder Location

Moving or changing the location of the Dropbox folder can be very handy at times. Recently I bought a new External USB drive so I could move all my backup data including my Dropbox folder to it. Here’s how the step-by-step process works.

First, right-click your Dropbox icon in the system tray and click Preferences.

dropbox preferences

Click the Advanced tab and click the Move button next to the location of the folder.

dropbox advanced move

Choose a new folder or drive location for your folder. In my example I chose my brand new External Drive. Click OK when done.

dropbox new location

Using an external drive makes your Dropbox data even more portable!

You’ll be asked to confirm the new location.

confirm new dropbox location

In my example, moving the folder to a new drive required the client to copy all the data over. It took about 30 minutes to finish. If you are just moving the folder to another folder on the same drive however, the move should be close to instantaneous.

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4 Responses to How To Move the Dropbox Folder Location

  1. Daniel October 23, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Really useful. Nice

  2. Jason October 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    For some reason mine is saying the folder or files are in use. Is there any way to tell which ones are because I’m not trying to access anything to move them.

    • Bogdan Bele October 26, 2012 at 6:18 am #

      Are you running Portable Apps from the Dropbox folder? Because if you are and you have something like Firefox running, it will write to it most of the times.
      But you could just open the folder and see which one of the folders has the sync sign next to it (the blue one).

      Another good idea would probably be to restart Windows, wait for everything to sync and then try moving it.

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