How to move our Dropbox folder to an external drive in Ubuntu

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One of the issues that have helped the most for consolidate the success of dropbox has been its simplicity to offer us space for cloud storage and synchronization with our local folders on different computers (and on any platform, of course).

But sometimes our need can lead us to want to synchronize another folder, for example one located on an external hard drive, a solution that allows us to save space for other needs and carry the contents with us always synchronized between our external hard drive and our Dropbox account.

Now let's see how to move our Dropbox folder to an external hard drive in Ubuntu, for which in principle we have to go to Unity Dash and look for the 'hard drive utility' and there select the external drive that we are going to use as storage space.

Then we click on the gear icon and then on 'Format drive' after which we must specify file system as NTFS. We can also put a name that allows us to quickly identify it among all our units, and then click the button 'Format'.

After formatting we have to select the tools menu again and edit the mounting options, where we must set the mount point to point to the Dropbox folder, indicate that this unit is mounted when we turn on our computer, and set the file type as ntfs-3g and the following mounting options: rw, auto, user, fmask = 0111, dmask = 0000 0 0.

We click OK and then we exit Dropbox and delete the current folder (found in / home / username / Dropbox). We log back into Dropbox and will warn us that our local folder is missing, with which we are offered to restore the location. We choose the advanced option and manually specify the location of our new Dropbox folder, which should logically be within the drive we have formatted.

That's it, we can now enjoy a new folder on our external drive.

More information - Access to Dropbox from the Linux terminal and through the app

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  1.   Jose Arrazola said

    This works for me the first time, but when I restart the session in ubuntu 14.04 I get a message saying that the dropbox folder is missing in the location / home / username / Dropbox

    Every time I restart the computer I have to re-link Dropbox and that is somewhat uncomfortable: /