On Mac OS X, I create a symbolic link to the folder I'm trying to back up, and put it in the Dropbox folder (e.g. /Users/zachary/Dropbox/DocumentsBackup ---> /Users/zachary/Documents) and that solves my problem.

No idea how to do it on Windows XP, though.


The equivalent of a symbolic link on Windows is the junction point. You can create junctions with the appropriately-named utility Junction from Mark Russinovich at Microsoft.

junction.exe C:\Users\Zachary\Dropbox\Documents C:\Users\Zachary\Documents

On Windows Vista and later, there also exists the command line utility mklink.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.