How Do I Move Dropbox to Another Drive?
Situation 1: "I have a Windows 11 PC with a 1TB internal hard drive. It has two partitions: C and D. My Dropbox folder and files are 200GB and there is almost no unusable space on the C drive. Now, my computer becomes slow and laggy. Can I move Dropbox from C to D drive without losing data?"
The Dropbox folder is installed on the C drive by default, so, as more and more files and programs are synced, the C drive will fill up and Windows will run slowly. This is probably why you want to move your Dropbox folder to another drive so you can free up more space on the C drive to store other important data.
Situation 2: "I'm currently using Dropbox, but it's running out. So my Dropbox files will be moved to other clouds. I want to avoid re-downloading all my data, and I'd like to know what's a good way to achieve this."
The user's question can reflect a general problem or a customer's need. Dropbox is a popular cloud service with a large number of users. However, Dropbox only gives users 2 GB of free storage, and Dropbox users may find their Dropbox space fills up quickly, especially when uploading large files.
In this context, users start to have multiple cloud accounts for various reasons. Fearing data loss, some users add a new Dropbox account to back up the important stuff. Alternatively, some people find it annoying to only manage private and business files in Dropbox, so they try to create another cloud drive account to keep the data separate, and they need to transfer personal or public data to the new cloud drive.
So, the question is, how to solve the above two situations? This article provides detailed solutions for the above two situations.
Solution 1: Move Dropbox to Another Drive with Desktop App (Hard Drive)
While the Windows copy and paste feature can assist you in transferring Dropbox from one drive to another, the location of the Dropbox folder cannot be changed casually, so when moving the Dropbox folder to a new location, you should choose a professional method to ensure data security. It is recommended to use the "Preferences" in the Dropbox app to change the Dropbox folder from the C drive to the new drive. Follow the guide to complete the operation.
Step 1: Open Dropbox (make sure all programs that use the Dropbox folder are closed).
Step 2: From the screen that just opened, click the profile icon in the upper right corner and select "Preferences".
Step 3: In the Dropbox preferences window, click "Sync", and then click "Move" under "Dropbox folder location".
Step 4: Choose a new location for your Dropbox folder, such as D drive, and click "OK".
Step 5: You will notice that this will move your Dropbox folder and all the files within it from its current location to the D drive. Click "OK" and wait for the move.
Step 6: You can now go back to the Dropbox desktop app to make sure the changes have been made.
Note: If you can't move the Dropbox folder to the new location, it may be because the destination location doesn't have enough space. What you can do is delete some unnecessary files from it to make enough space for the folder, or you can allocate free space to it.
Solution 2: Move Dropbox to Another Drive with MultCloud (Cloud Drive)
Most of us know the traditional way. For example, if you want to migrate from Dropbox to Google Drive, you can download the data from Dropbox to local storage and finally upload it to your Google Drive. But this method requires you to repeatedly download and upload all the content, which is very time-consuming.
There's an efficient way to get things done, and that's MultCloud. You don't need to download and repeat. MultCloud is a free web hosting application that provides good management of multiple clouds. The Cloud Transfer, Team Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, and Remote Upload functions provided by MultCloud can help you easily complete cloud file transfer, sync and backup.
- Perfect Integration: Manage up to 30+ cloud drives centrally;
- Random Migration: Do one-time or incremental migration according to your own needs;
- Real-time Sync: Provide 10 custom sync modes to simplify collaboration;
- Smart Backup: Restore the backed-up data to the previous version at any time;
- Remote Upload: Directly download URLs, torrent files or magnet links to clouds.
With the Cloud Transfer feature, you can move Dropbox folder to another drive in just 3 steps.
Step 1. Create a MultCloud Account
MultCloud is a free cloud storage manager. To use it, first, you need to register.
Step 2. Add Cloud Accounts
Add Dropbox and target cloud to MultCloud. Here, we take another Dropbox storage as the target cloud.
Note: Only one cloud service can be added at a time. Adding multiple clouds requires repeating the above steps.
Step 3. Move Dropbox to Another Drive
Click the "Cloud Transfer" button on the tab to place the two Dropbox clouds into the source and destination directories, respectively. Then click "Transfer Now", and the task will be completed successfully later.
- MultCloud supports more than 30 kinds of clouds, you can choose other clouds such as Google Drive, Google Workspace, SharePoint Online, Wasabi, MySQL, Backblaze, MediaFire, ownCloud, ADrive, Baidu, NAS, WebDAV, FTP/SFTP, Shared with me and Shared Drive etc. as the target for cloud file migration.
- You can make some adjustments to the transfer task as needed by clicking the "Options" button. For example, you can select transfer options, email notification features, or upgrade your account to use the "Filter" feature.
- If you need to move the data in the cloud drive regularly, you can set the specific moving time in "Schedule".
How to move Dropbox to another drive quickly? There are mainly two cases: if you need to move the Dropbox folder to other storage units on your computer, you can use the options in the Dropbox app; if you need to move Dropbox data to other cloud storage accounts, you can use the cloud file manager mentioned in this article --- MultCloud.