How to Backing up Dropbox to external hard drive?
“New user here, I had a question: Is it possible to backup the contents of a Dropbox account from the dropbox site to an external hard drive ? I realize that you can backup the contents of the Dropbox folder on your hard drive to an external drive (just like any folder) but I have a lot of heavy files on my Dropbox (pictures and videos being a few) that I do NOT synchronize with my computer. However, since they're on Dropbox, I would like to be able to periodically back them up. Possible? Thanks in advance.”
Way 1. Download All Dropbox Folders and Files to Backup
To backup your entire Dropbox account to external hard drive, please follow the below steps to backing up Dropbox.
1. Log in to your Dropbox account.
2. Click All Files on the left side, then press Ctrl + A to select all Dropbox folders and files, and click the Download button.
3. And you will see the Dropbox.zip file is downloading. Open the download folder to find the Dropbox.zip, and move it to the external hard drive that you connected to before.
Then backing up Dropbox to external hard drive is finished now.
Way 2. Move Dropbox Folder to External Hard Drive
Backing up Dropbox to external hard drive is easy by changing the Dropbox folder to external hard drive.
1. Connect your external hard drive to your computer and make it always connected to your computer.
2. Install Dropbox desktop app and log in to your Dropbox account.
3. Tap the Dropbox icon in the system tray and click your Dropbox account icon at the top right corner, then select Preferences.
4. Tap the Sync tab on the window, and click Move... button behind the Dropbox folder location.
Way 3. Easier Way to Backup Dropbox to External Hard Drive
As a matter of fact, there is a better way to backup Dropbox to external hard drive with the free Windows backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard. Make sure you synced all Dropbox folders and files to your Dropbox folder on computer and turned off Dropbox selective sync.
Step 1. Select the Backup tab after installation, then select File Backup.
Step 2. Customize the Task Name if required, click Add Folder or Add File button to select the Dropbox folder as the source.
Step 3. Select the external hard drive as the destination.
Step 4. (Optional) Press Schedule at the bottom and set up Dropbox schedule backup like daily, weekly, or monthly, etc.
Step 5. Press the Start Backup button to backup Dropbox to external hard drive automatically.
Besides, there are some settings you could set up:
Options: you can comment, compress, split the backup file, and you could enable email notification when the backup success or failure.
Schedule allows you to create Dropbox incremental backup to backup only changes since the last backup to save your hard disk space.
If you want to backup files to Dropbox, you could follow the steps according to the link. Furthermore, you could backup external hard drive to Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive, etc.
How to Backup Dropbox to Another Cloud Directly?
Sometimes, you might want to change Dropbox with another cloud, or just want to transfer Dropbox to Google Drive, OneDrive, or other cloud directly, there is no easy way for you to backup Dropbox to another cloud. Maybe the traditional way is downloading and uploading. But it’s time consuming and complex if there is a large amount of data to be transferred.
Don’t worry, here the professional cloud backup service CBackup comes to help. CBackup is dedicated to perform cloud to cloud transfer with simple clicks, even between different clouds. With CBackup, you could backup Dropbox to another cloud directly and easily, here it is (we are taking backup Dropbox to Google Drive for example):
1. Add Dropbox and Google Drive to CBackup
Step 1. Please create a new CBackup account and sign in.
Step 2. Tap Added Clouds > Add Cloud, then choose Dropbox and click Add. Follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your Dropbox account.
Step 3. Rename the Display Name, Storage Path, Allocate Space and Related Tasks, then tick “Note: Please do not change the path directly in the third-party cloud disk, or modify or delete the backup file. ” option, and click OK.
Step 4. Repeat Step 2 and Step 3 to add Google Drive.
2. Dropbox Automatic Backup to Google Drive
After adding your clouds to CBackup, then you could backup Dropbox automatically to Google Drive with the following steps:
Step 1. Tap the Backup Tasks tab on the left side. Then tap New Task button.
Step 2. Modify the Task Name, and click Add Source to choose Dropbox as the source, then click Add Destination to select Google Drive as the destination.
Step 3. (Optional) Click Settings at the bottom of the window, tap Schedule tab, and tick Schedule option, and select Specific time, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly, and click OK.
Step 4. Press the Start Backup button to perform Dropbox automatic backup to Google Drive.
Besides, you have other settings in the Settings for Dropbox automatic backup:
Email Notification is capable of sending you the email when backup Dropbox to Google Drive successfully or failed.
Version Cleanup helps you to keep the file history versions as you want, you could keep all versions, keep only the number you specified versions, or only keep the versions within the days you specified.
File Filter is able to include or exclude the file type you want to backup or don’t want to backup to Google Drive, which is convenient for you to backup files.
After a while, you will find the Dropbox has been backed up to Google Drive automatically. And all the content will be transferred to Google Drive.
Moreover, you could sync files from Dropbox to another cloud as well to backing up Dropbox.
You could backing up Dropbox to external hard drive with 3 solutions and provide you the step-by-step guide, if you want to perform Dropbox automatic backup to another cloud, like Google Drive, OneDrive, the free cloud backup service CBackup will help you out.
With CBackup, you could backing up Dropbox easily and backup computer to Dropbox with the CBackup desktop app. The app offers you huge cloud storage space and useful features, and most importantly, it allows you backup files to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive seperately. Please download CBackup to enjoy.