How To Move the Dropbox Folder Location

Moving or changing the location of the dropbox folder can be very handy. I recently moved mine to a new external drive. Here’s how I did it.

dropbox location

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

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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  1. Daniel

    October 23, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Really useful. Nice

    • Bogdan Bele

      October 26, 2012 at 6:16 am


  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.

  3. PatD

    April 22, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I tried that and it allowed me to change from D:My Dropbox to D:My DropboxDropbox.
    I need to change the name to match my other computer so the browser links/sync would work.

  4. Terry Mundy

    August 30, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    This article is outdated as Dropbox removed the “Move Folder” option.

    I hope someone will post a hack to maneuver around Dropboxes arrogance.

  5. Eddie

    June 14, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Will this procedure work in Windows 11?

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