- Install Dropbox on the computer. Now that the computer is connected to Dropbox, you'll be prompted to install Dropbox for PC or macOS. 1 X Research source Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
- Downloading Dropbox. Your Dropbox download should automatically start within seconds. Once the download finishes, click Run to start installing Dropbox.
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- After installing the desktop app, the Dropbox folder is located inside the folder with your user name (such as C:UsersPandaDropbox). It may also appear in your Favorites list in Windows Explorer.
You can move your Dropbox folder to any location on your hard drive or an external hard drive using the Dropbox desktop app.
Notes before you get started
To do this quickly, just press the Windows button+L, then log in with the secondary account. From the secondary account, download and install the Dropbox Windows program. Set it up normally and log in with your secondary Dropbox login information (not the same account you’re using on your main Windows username).
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- Use the same hard drive: If you decide to move the folder, choose a location on the same hard drive as your operating system. Dropbox won't work correctly if the Dropbox folder becomes inaccessible, which can happen if it's located on an external drive that gets disconnected.
- Use a supported file system: Moving the Dropbox folder to a drive with a non-supported file system for the operating system will generate an error message. Please review the system requirements for supported file systems for your operating system.
- Avoid network file systems: Dropbox isn’t compatible with network file systems, since they don’t send messages when files change. When Dropbox first starts it does a deep file scan, detects changes, and syncs them. However, Dropbox usually waits for 'file update events,' which are only sent by physically connected drives.
- Issues with external drives: If you’re moving the Dropbox folder to an external drive, the Dropbox folder must be available when your computer boots and before the Dropbox desktop app starts. If the Dropbox desktop app starts before such a drive mounts and gets recognized by your computer, you'll see an error. Dropbox will then give you the opportunity to sign into your Dropbox account again or exit if it can’t find your Dropbox folder.
- If the external drive is disconnected from the computer while Dropbox is running, there's a small—but real—chance that the app will start deleting files before realizing that the entire drive has been removed.
- Removable media: SD cards, or any device considered 'Removable media' by your operating system, are not supported locations for the Dropbox folder. Dropbox works best when hosted on your computer's main internal drive, or on a physically connected external hard drive. Dropbox can only provide direct support when the folder is hosted on your computer's main internal drive.
Take these potential issues into consideration when choosing a new location for Dropbox. Consult resources for your operating system if you have further questions.
How to move your Dropbox folder
- Click the Sync tab.
- Click Move… (Linux and Windows), or Dropbox location (macOS).
- Select the new location for your Dropbox folder.
- Let Dropbox move your folder and its contents to the new location.
If you’ve linked your Dropbox accounts, you'll see both of your Dropbox accounts listed. Select the correct tab before moving the Dropbox folder location.
Your Dropbox folder will keep the same name as before, and can't be renamed during the move process. Dropbox will not sync your folder if it has been manually renamed or moved through your operating system. If Dropbox loses track of your folder, it will attempt to re-sync the folder in its entirety using its last known location.
macOS: Manually move the Dropbox folder back to its default location
- Click the Sync tab.
- Click the dropdown beside Dropbox location.
- Select Other…
- Open the Applications list.
- Click the Applications dropdown, and select your hard drive.
- Open the Users folder.
- Select your computer username (it will likely have a 'home' icon beside it).
- Click Select.
- Confirm the move by clicking Move.
Windows: Manually move the Dropbox folder back to its default location
- Click the Sync tab.
- Under Dropbox Folder Location, click Move.
- In the text box next to Folder:, type “$Home”.
- Click OK.
- You will be asked to confirm if you wish to move your Dropbox folder location. Click OK.
I can’t move the Dropbox folder to a new location—what should I do?
If you're moving your Dropbox folder to a new location, you may see errors if any of the following are true:
The new location is on removable media
If you're moving your Dropbox folder, and the selected destination is on removable media (such as a removable USB drive or memory card), Dropbox may not be able to create the Dropbox folder.
We strongly recommend choosing a location on an internal drive. If the Dropbox folder is located on removable media, and this media becomes unavailable, you may see problems including:
- Unwanted deletions
- Poor syncing performance
- Issues with extended attributes
- File system incompatibilities
There are files or folders in use
Dropbox can’t move some files to a new location if they’re currently being used by other applications. To resolve this issue, close any applications that are accessing files in your Dropbox folder before attempting to create the Dropbox folder in a new location.
Problem with the configuration settings
You can rebuild your configuration settings by signing out and then back in to the Dropbox account on the Dropbox desktop application. This will restore any settings which may have been changed without affecting or removing your files.
Your hard drive, or the destination for the Dropbox folder, is low on space
If you weren’t able to move the Dropbox folder to a new location, it's possible that the external drive doesn’t have enough space for all of the data stored in your Dropbox folder. To check whether this is true for you, view your available hard drive space. If your hard drive is very low on disk space, you'll need to make space available in order to properly move the contents of your Dropbox folder to the new location.
You're using symlinks or referenced files
We strongly recommend against methods that add referenced files (symlinks, junction points, or networked folders) to the Dropbox folder. In addition to interfering with creating the Dropbox folder in a new location, reference files can cause high CPU usage, poor syncing performance, permissions issues, and space usage discrepancies.
There are incorrect folder permissions
If you weren’t able to move the Dropbox folder to a new location, you may be encountering a permissions issue. Specifically:
- Folders in your Dropbox don't have correct permissions
- The destination where you're attempting to move your Dropbox folder doesn't have correct permissions
If either of these are true for you, follow the steps below to troubleshoot file permissions. If these steps don’t work, contact the maker of the software you’re using on your computer or external hard drive to troubleshoot further.
Click your operating system below to see instructions:
How to download and install the Dropbox desktop app
Once installed, you’ll be prompted to either sign in or create a new account.
How to install the desktop app with admin privileges
The Dropbox desktop app requires admin privileges to run with full functionality on your computer. This enables multiple different core features of Dropbox, including:
- Sync icons that show the sync status of files and folders
- Right-click context menus for taking quick actions in Dropbox
- Access to Smart Sync
For the vast majority of users, the desktop app is automatically installed with admin privileges. However, if you didn't install with admin privileges you can follow the instructions below to do so.
Note: If you don't have admin rights on your computer (for example if you're using a work computer), you may need to ask your IT department for help.
Install the Dropbox desktop app with admin privileges
- If you already have Dropbox installed, uninstall the application.
- Open the installer.
- Do not right-click, and do not command-click Run as an Administrator
- Follow the instructions in the install wizard.
- If you’re asked for an administrative username and password, enter them or contact your administrator to sign in.
- If you’re not asked for an administrative username and password, you’re already an admin on your computer.
- Complete the installation and sign in to Dropbox.
Smart Sync and admin privileges
Some Dropbox users will have access to Smart Sync. If you have access to this feature, check that Dropbox is installed with admin privileges on each computer where the feature will be used.
Depending on the policies at your organization, your team members may be able to install Dropbox with admin privileges on their own. If not, they may need the assistance of your IT team.
Why does the Dropbox desktop app for Mac require Keychain access?
Keychain is a password management system for Mac. Dropbox requires access to your Keychain to help verify your account and to provide another layer of security over the Dropbox app preferences.
- To grant Keychain access to Dropbox, click Allow or Always Allow (recommended for seamless access) when prompted to do so from Mac.
- Clicking Deny will result in a 'Couldn't start Dropbox' error message. For security reasons, Dropbox will not start without access to your Keychain.
What is the Dropbox Web Helper for macOS?
Dropbox Web Helper supports the Dropbox user interface on Mac computers. It only runs when the desktop app is running. Dropbox Web Helper is an independent process, so it may start and stop at different times than the desktop app. If you adjust your firewall or antivirus software for Dropbox, we recommend similar adjustments for Dropbox Web Helper.