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Dropbox alternative with local sync support? [closed]

I am currently using Dropbox. Just decided to sync my huge (about 5 GB) iTunes Library (music collection) in Dropbox. For that I must subscribe to their paid account. But before I do so, I'd like ...
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Stop dropbox from starting on windows startup

I try to stop dropbox from running on windows 7 start up. I went to dropbox configuration and opt this option out. pressed apply. looked in cmd "msconfig" and this service wasn't there. but yet it ...
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How to sync OS X desktop to Dropbox?

How can I sync all my Desktop files to Dropbox, so that my desktop still feels, looks and works like a normal Desktop?
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How to download an entire directory from Dropbox?

and sub-directories. Can it be done, or do I have to D/L each file individually?
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Dropbox modification of file in 2 different places at once

Suppose I have a source code file in my dropbox which I have worked on from my desktop machine, and the version in my laptop is out-of-date because I haven't had internet access or the company proxy ...
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Dropbox: no direct access?

I've created a Dropbox folder, with a .png and .html in it. Obtained these links via "Share link": png, html However, they don't open directly. Only through Dropbox logo or download. What's wrong? ...
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Transferring file with Dropbox when it gets cut in the middle

What happens if my internet is cut or I stop a file transfer midway while syncing with Dropbox? Do I need to restart the whole thing? Or does it continue midway?
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Is having a Firefox profile in the Dropbox a good combination?

I was pretty excited to see sites as Lifehacker and such say how Dropbox can also do synchronisation for Firefox for us. It would also allow me to sync extensions and configuration settings. After ...
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How do I remove the Never-Ending Dropbox Folder?

I don't know if this is an error with eclipse or dropbox, but I seem to be unable to delete a file folder within my dropbox folder. Somehow, there was a creation of over 8300 file folders, all ...
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How to preserve ownership and permissions in Dropbox?

I have two machines, a Mac and a PC running Linux, that I am trying to keep a certain file synced between using Dropbox. One of the files that I am syncing needs to be writable by another user (...
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How to Maintain a small differential Virtualbox hard drive

I am trying to use a virtualbox hard drive over several computers using dropbox (a popular cloud tool) synchronization. I assume no two machines will open the same drive at the same time. To reduce ...
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How do sparse bundles get corrupted and can they be fixed?

I am warming up to Mac OS X sparse disk image bundles: This is a virtual file system stored as a collection of small (up to 8MB) files in a folder. This way, you can have encrypted HFS+ volumes stored ...
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Portable Dropbox/Google Drive

I am planning to buy a new external harddisk, which will hold my project files using XAMPP Portable, my contacts, documents etc, as this thing is dealing with sensitive data, and I cannot rely on a ...
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Unable to use NTFS partition for Dropbox in Linux

Dropbox won't let me choose the sync folder inside a NTFS partition. First thought I had was mounting and its permissions (the Dropbox installer does let me choose my linux home as the Dropbox home). ...
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How secure is Time Machine/FileVault/Dropbox/Google?

Lately, I have been somewhat preoccupied with the security of my computer. Not that I had actually anything to hide, but I just do not want anyone pilfering my data. So, I set up FileVault in OSX, ...
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How to temporarily stop syncing Dropbox

Is there way to stop syncing the Dropbox folder without deleting Dropbox from my computer? I want to stop while I'm not in home and have only expensive Internet. I can pause it, but when I switch on ...
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Using Dropbox from the command line on OSX

I recently discovered these fantastic instructions on using Dropbox from the command line. I currently use the Dropbox GUI, but a command line option would be very useful. Unfortunately, the script ...
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How to keep my Dropbox Files once deleted from Dropbox folder?

Is there any way to have files only upload from Dropbox folder without syncing every second or having to store the files on my computer? Is there anyway to have Dropbox work like Google Drive or ...
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Connecting to Dropbox via a proxy

My computer can't connect to Dropbox on its own. Most of the ports in the network are closed. Firefox accesses the Internet through an automatic proxy configuration file URL. In Dropbox's proxy ...
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Moving the dropbox folder

I am trying to move my Dropbox folder to a different location in the same drive, but am unable to do so. It keeps saying: Now I have closed every program and have also checked with Process Explorer ...
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How to stop following symlinks in dropbox

What I have: Dropbox\ projects\ serverfault\ stackoverflow\ superuser\ currentProject -> projects\superuser [Sometimes I change it to other project] When I sync ...
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Dropbox created a duplicate of all files, with “._” in front of each file name

I'm having a problem with dropbox. I've recently added a user to 2 of my dropbox folders (for group works), and from then all files uploaded by anybody in those folders are "duplicated" (just once) ...
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Dropbox files in another location to norm

I use dropbox and very happy with it. The only drawback I have with it is that I must place the files I want to share in the My Dropbox folder. Is there anyway I can place the files in another ...
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Vim no longer prompts for encryption key when reading encrypted file; why not, and how can I get this restored?

I recently began using Vim to encrypt text files (by using the :X command and entering an encryption key at the prompt). As documented, Vim then prompts for that key when I reopen the file and ...
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A command to get the sync status of a Dropbox file

I'm using Dropbox on Ubuntu. I'd like to detect the sync status of a file in my public directory (specifically: is it uploaded?) with a command / script. Is this possible?
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Dropbox eats my files! Random deletes from Mac client

For months, I've been fighting one Mac machine that syncs with my dropbox account. I have sync to several Windows, Linux and OSX clients, and only one of them exhibits this problem. Basically, it ...
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Copying Google Drive folder to new computer

I am shifting my files to a new Mac, including my Google Drive folder. I could just set up Gdrive on the new computer and let it sync with my Google Drive folder on the cloud, but this will take ...
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Use DropBox Cloud storage from Linux file system

Anybody know how to use DropBox cloud storage from the Linux file system (that is, access the files through the file system without storing them locally, as opposed to the normal method of storing a ...
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Service to allow Dropbox upload for non-Dropbox User [closed]

Is there a method or service that I could use to allow a non-Dropbox user to upload a document to one of my Dropbox folders without creating an account of their own? I get documents weekly from new ...
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Uploading large folders to Dropbox from external hard drive

I've got a puzzling dilemma that I've been trying to solve for weeks. I want to backup about 500 GBs from an external hard drive to my Dropbox Pro account. My computer's hard drive is nowhere near ...
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How does Dropbox determine when to overwrite the local file vs overwrite the cloud file?

When Dropbox encounters a file on one's computer that is different than the cloud version of that file that it knows about, how does it decide whether it should sync them by overwriting the local file ...
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What is the easiest way to keep an offline copy of a webdav share? [closed]

I have a webdav share configured for my small group of users. This is great for sharing files, like Dropbox. But it lacks Dropbox's functionality of keeping the files locally when the computer is ...
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Can I specify certain files for Dropbox to ignore?

I'd like to sync configuration folders for specific applications on my Linux machines, namely configuration for AutoKey (a text-expansion and keyboard-macro automation suite), which lives at ~/.config/...
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Can you link an NTFS junction point to a directory on a Network Attached Storage?

I'm using Windows, and I want to use Dropbox to back up a folder outside my Dropbox directory. So I want to create a junction point from my target directory to my Dropbox folder. According to the ...
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Does dropbox change linebreaks in files?

when i save a file to my Dropbox at home on my PC is seems to have '\n' line breaks, but when i open the file on my Mac at work the line breaks have mutated to '\r\n' windows line breaks. could ...
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Can I update a shared dropbox file while not changing the link?

I have a file I would like to update on dropbox. About 900 people know this shared link. However, when I update the file the link is changed, e.g. from https://www.dropbox.com/s/...
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How to Delete The “Move to Dropbox” Entry In The Contextual Menu?

I have noticed recently that when I right click on a file/folder in Windows 7, the contextual menu brings up an entry entitled Move to Dropbox ( enabling one to send a selected file/folder to ones ...
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Dropbox to sync *nix home folders

I'm using a Linux machine at work, and started using at home in a VM for some home development. I have a vimrc and a bashrc with some configuration, that are useful for both machines. What is the ...
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How can I encrypt a file on Windows 8 before storing it on Dropbox?

I would like to store some sensitive information in the cloud (my preferred cloud service is Dropbox). I would like to encrypt it before putting it in the Dropbox folder for synchronization. What's ...
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Adding additional locations to Office 2013 save “Places”

When saving a document in Office, you are given the option of saving locally or to your SkyDrive account. Presumably, it's possible to add additional locations to this menu (Dropbox, etc.). Is this ...
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Dropbox like syncing for Google Docs

Is their a way (on mac osx) to sync a folder on my computer with Google Documents now that Docs supports all file types? A lot like the functionality of DropBox.
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How to sync files on Windows 7 so Dropbox notices the changes

I want a file on my hard drive in Windows 7 to sync to my public dropbox folder. I can do this with: mklink /H "c:\dropbox\Public\test.txt" "c:\data\test.txt" And the first time after I do this, ...
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Why isn't a shared Dropbox folder deleted in other people's Dropbox when I delete it?

In Dropbox I created a folder and shared it with my wife. I placed items in there and soon she had them in the shared folder on her computer. I then deleted the folder inside my dropbox folder, but ...
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How to set up multiple users on the same computer using the same DropBox folder?

I am running DropBox on a few computers, but one of those computers (a Mac) I have multiple accounts on. One account is for general usage and the other account is for software development. I'd like ...
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Locally encrypt Dropbox folder

I would like to encrypt the local copies of my Dropbox files, but not the online versions. I have log on password protection (not BIOS) on my Windows 7 Ultimate laptop but that's easily circumvented ...
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View incremental diffs of my revisions to files using Dropbox

Sometimes I use a simple editor like Notepad++ to edit my webpages on Dropbox. Notepad++, not being an über-editor or IDE, does not track file changes for me. But Dropbox does!! Has anybody ...
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Why won't Dropbox sync particular files on my mac?

I'm using dropbox across several machines - two macs, two linux machines. All are working happily - except for one mac, where there are 4 files that persistently refuse to update. In finder, these 4 ...
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How to export all notes in OS X/iOS Notes.app?

I used to take all my notes on my iPhone and iPad in Notes.app. I recently switched and take all my notes using various text editors and store the notes in my Dropbox. However, my old notes I used to ...
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Set dropbox to only use LAN sync (dont allow web sync)

Is it possible to set Dropbox to only use LAN sync and compeltly ignore the external web sync - ie. back to the server and then the server pushses the changes to the other machines.
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Visual studio 2012 and dropbox don't play nice together

Ever since switching to VS 2012, I have a frequently occurring issue where dropbox tries to sync files as VS 2012 is creating them (when adding a project, installing nuget packages, etc...). VS fails ...