How can I do this with Dropbox:

  • I want to ensure that all my files stored under C:\Users\Gerard\Images and C:\Users\Gerard\Documents are stored automatically online.
  • I don't want to copy them manually into the C:\Users\Gerard\Dropbox folder, since I'm very likely to forget things.
  • I don't want to use twice the space on my hard drive duplicating all files from my images folder to my dropbox.

Should I:

  • Stop using C:\Users\Gerard\Images to store things, and store everything under C:\Users\Gerard\Dropbox\Images instead? Or...
  • Use a tool to synchronize my C:\Users\Gerard\Images and C:\Users\Gerard\Documents files with C:\Users\Gerard\Dropbox

2 Answers 2


Use MKLINK to create a directory junction between your DropBox folder and your Images and Documents folders, to fake out DropBox.

So for instance:

MKLINK /J C:\Users\Gerard\DropBox\Documents C:\Users\Gerard\Documents
MKLINK /J C:\Users\Gerard\DropBox\Images C:\Users\Gerard\Images

This creates a "fake" set of folders inside DropBox, without duplicating the data, and will upload all your photos and documents. In other words, there is an extra set of folders targeting the same location on the drive.

Whether you modify files in the "fake" or original locations, the folders will remain synchronised.

  • Note that this doesn't answer the Android part of the question (since it's out of scope for SuperUser.com). If anyone would like to edit this answer, please feel free.
    – user3463
    Aug 23, 2012 at 19:41
  • Symlinks are great.
    – ChimneyImp
    Aug 23, 2012 at 19:44
  • Exactly the answer I expected. So strange that this is not part of Dropbox userguide. Thanks for all Randolph.
    – Gerard Yin
    Aug 23, 2012 at 22:16

The dropbox folder on your PC acts as the local copy of whats stored on the dropbox server. To Sync both the storage you need to keep it in the assigned folder.

  • You don't have to do this. See my answer.
    – user3463
    Aug 23, 2012 at 19:39

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