By Jonna twitter/ Last Updated February 1, 2023

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Can I Backup Dropbox to External Hard Drive?


How do I backup Dropbox to external hard drive?

Hello everyone, I have been using Dropbox for the past few years and have saved a lot of data to the Dropbox cloud. Recently, I buy a new external hard drive and I want to backup all my old data including Dropbox data to it. Do you know how to backup Dropbox to external hard drive? What will be the best and fastest method to do so? Any kindly reply will be appreciated!


Why Backup Dropbox to External Hard Drive?

Normally, the two most common ways to store data are to use external hard drives or cloud storage. Although more and more users prefer cloud storage recently, the external hard drive is also necessary for the following reasons.

As we know, an external hard drive can prevent hackers from intruding and storing everything in minutes, Therefore, if you want to have a local copy of very important files for double insurance, backing up Dropbox to external hard drive just in case is a good choice.

External hard drives allow you to store large amounts of data from the device at very little cost and only require a one-time upfront cost. So, when the storage space of your Dropbox is insufficient but you don’t want to buy extra storage, you can backup some data to external hard drive and delete the original data on Dropbox to free up some space.

3 Efficient Ways to Backup Dropbox to External Hard Drive

In the following contents, you will learn how to backup Dropbox files to external hard drive in both manual and automatic ways. With the manual way, you will learn how to download from Dropbox to external hard drive. These ways are free, you can choose one way to follow according to your needs. Please read on.

Way 1. Manually Backup via Dropbox Website

Dropbox offers web app to help you upload files or download files from Dropbox to local hard drive. Since it is a web app, you can easily backup Dropbox to external hard drive on Mac or Windows in this way. Please check the below steps to learn how Dropbox backup to external hard drive on Mac or Windows PCs:

1. Connect your external hard drive with your computer and make sure it can be detected.

2. Go to the Dropbox website and log in to your Dropbox account.

3. Find the file you want to backup to PC, click on “More” (three dots) on the right of the file column and choose “Download”.

Download from Dropbox

4. The time it takes to finish the downloading depends on how large the file is and how fast your network is. Finally, you can find the file on your local computer. Move these files to your connected external hard drive manually.

If you have set a default location to save downloaded files from the web, you can find the file you download there; if not, you may be asked to decide where to store the downloading file.
If there are many files to be downloaded, you can create a temporary folder and put all the needed files in. Then, you can download this folder directly. And after downloading, this folder will be converted to a file. You need to first decompress it if you want to view its contents.

Way 2. Automatically Backup via Third-Party Tool

According to the methods above, you must know how to download Dropbox files to external hard drive or how to copy files from Dropbox to external hard drive. Actually, the easier way to backup Dropbox to external hard drive is to use a powerful data backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard, which can help you auto backup Dropbox to external hard drive in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11. Here is how it works:

1. Connect your external hard drive with your computer and make sure it can be detected. 

2. Download and install Dropbox desktop app on your computer, it will create a Dropbox folder on your computer.

3. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Standard, select “Basic Sync” under “Sync” tab.

Basic Sync

4. Rename Task Name if needed and click “Add Folder” to choose the Dropbox folder.

Basic Sync Add Folder

5. Choose the external hard drive as the Dropbox folder backup location.

Start Sync

6. Click the “Start Sync” button to backup Dropbox to external hard drive.

Way 3. Backup Dropbox to External Hard Drive via Dropbox desktop app

To make Dropbox backup external drive, you can take advantage of the Dropbox desktop app, here are the steps:

1. Connect your external hard drive to your computer and ensure it can be detected.

2. Tap your Dropbox icon on the system tray, and tap the Avatar icon > Preferences.

3. Select the Sync tab, and hit the Move... button under the Dropbox folder location section.

Move Dropbox Folder to External Drive

4. Choose the external hard drive as the Dropbox default folder location to backup Dropbox to external drive directly.

Bonus Tip: Backup Dropbox to Another Cloud Storage Directly

Actually, no matter whether you want to make a copy of your Dropbox data or free up some space in Dropbox, you can backup Dropbox to another cloud storage instead of external hard drive. Compared with the external hard drive, cloud storage is a better backup destination. Cloud to cloud backup can be much quicker and easier with a professional cloud backup tool like CBackup.

CBackup is a cloud backup service that can help you backup files between cloud storage automatically and easily.

It supports many cloud storage like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and so on. You can add as many accounts of these cloud storage as you have on CBackup and then create a cloud backup task to move your files or backup your files to another cloud storage.
In addition, CBackup offers many useful backup settings to help you save backup time and backup space in the target cloud storage while backing up files between cloud storage.
What's more, the cloud to cloud backup feature and all the backup settings of CBackup are totally free.

Don't hesitate to try it. The steps are listed below to backup Dropbox to another cloud via CBackup:

1. Download the CBackup app and create an account. After that, sign in to your account.

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Tip: If you are a non-Windows PC user, you can do the following directly on the CBackup web app

2. Select a cloud drive under the Storage tab, select your clouds (here is Dropbox), and click Authorize Now. Then sign in to your Dropbox account and authorize CBackup to access and manage your files on the cloud.

Add Dropbox

Tips: CBackup is based on a standard OAuth system, which is a standard authorization framework that enables third-party applications to access multiple cloud accounts without the username and password required. Meanwhile, it can ensure your accounts’ security.

3. Click on the “Backup” tab, then, click Backup Public Cloud to Public Cloud.

Click Pubclic Cloud To Public Cloud

4. Name your task, then you can choose Dropbox as the SourceSimilarly, and add another cloud drive as the Destination (e.g. OneDrive). 

Dropbox To Onedrive

5. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to backup Dropbox to another cloud.

You can click the “Settings” button before starting back up to enjoy “File Filter” features. It can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when transferring.
You can enable email notification under “Settings”. Then, once the task succeeds or fails, you will receive an email from CBackup.
You can click the “Settings” button to set up an automatic backup in One time only/Daily/Weekly/Monthly mode.

Besides, you could use the following useful features in CBackup to make things easier:

  • Backup external hard drive to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, CBackup Cloud, even the combined cloud easily.
  • Combine multiple Dropbox cloud storage if you meet your Dropbox is full error.
  • Sync one cloud to another to transfer everything easily without downloading and re-uploading.


You must have known how to backup Dropbox to external hard drive. Actually, cloud to cloud backup is much easier. If you want to protect your Dropbox data, you are suggested to backup Dropbox automatically with CBackup frequently. Besides cloud backup, CBackup also offers many other features like cloud to cloud sync, PC cloud backup, cloud storage combination. Don’t hesitate to use it.

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