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I've two hard drives on my ThinkPad. One for dual boot of Windows 8 and Ubuntu (12.10) (it's separately installed, not with Wubi).

I've installed Dropbox on Win 8 and syncs all the folders into hard drive D: instead of the default location. Everything works fine.

Now, I am on Ubuntu. Same thing. I've installed the Dropbox. And I am trying to relocate the Dropbox default directory to the folders from hard drive D: . And it says

"The Target Folder is your Current Dropbox"

Any suggestions on how to solve this ?

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Here is a solution that worked for me.

While in the "Select a folder" window enter the "Type a file name" button on the left (the one that looks like a pencil). From here you can write the path you would like to use instead. Ex:

/mydir/mystuff/

Source

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I haven't tried this but it should work. Try deleting the default Dropbox folder:

  1. Stop the Dropbox service
  2. Delete the default Dropbox folder

    rm -rf ~/Dropbox
    
  3. Link drive D: to the default folder (assuming D: is mounted at /mnt/D, change this to whatever you are using)

    ln -s /mnt/D ~/Dropbox
    
  4. Start the Dropbox service again.

It might still not work if Dropbox can detect that you are trying to sync the same folder to itself.

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This could run into issues, because ntfs filesystem support for writing has been known to corrupt things. –  yarbelk Dec 27 '12 at 11:23
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@yarbelk, ntfs support has been stable for a while now, there used to be problems but most have been solved and ntfs support is now included in the mainline kernel. –  terdon Dec 27 '12 at 13:39
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You might check this answer:

`Change the Dropbox location from the installation wizard Some users experience the problem during setting-up Dropbox that they cannot select a Dropbox folder other than /home/username/Dropbox. In this case when the window for changing the path is shown , hit CTRL+L, enter the location (e.g. /mnt/data/Dropbox) and click on the 'Choose' or 'Open' button.'

From: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Dropbox#Change_the_Dropbox_location_from_the_installation_wizard

You'll need to delete to delete the whole dropbox folder first (see post by terdon), the Dropbox will select 'relink' when you restart Dropbox.

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