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I have to reinstall windows and I have a lot of data on dropbox (~30 gb). I'm afraid dropbox will start syncing all over again. I want dropbox to keep the current files in my harddisk after I reinstall windows. (files are in a different drive, obviously)

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Dropbox path should be same before/after reinstallation. I just made the same thing, I bought a new laptop. I moved my old dropbox folder into my new laptop. By using settings in dropbox, select the dropbox folder --> you should show your actual folder to the new dropbox setup.

Note : DO NOT FORGET to backup actual dropbox folder into external hdd in order to avoid bad results.

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You mean just point dropbox to the previous folder where dropbox synced files? Are you sure, because I've heard there are problems with conflicted copies? –  SPRajagopal Sep 15 '13 at 9:22
    
I had no problems when I did this. Conflicted copies may however occur, if you change the data in the folder between the last "old" and the first "new synchronization". And as NT already said: Make sure top copy the Dropbox folder somewhere save before reinstalling Dropbox. –  Tim Sep 15 '13 at 9:28
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problems with duplicate copies occur with ownership and permission issues. use the same account name when formatting. –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Sep 15 '13 at 9:56
    
It's should not be mark as answer, i just do that. All files is mark as conflict, and dropbox client sync all file again. –  FireCat Nov 10 '13 at 17:24
    
may be 99 people does it well but you (1/100) fail...So %99 it's working...if you try again,I hope it works for you too... –  NT. Nov 11 '13 at 21:55
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Probably late, but because I was looking for that as well, here is the official procedure from the Dropbox documentation.

https://www.dropbox.com/help/1941/en

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