By Nicky / Last Updated September 11, 2020


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Can I Backup Dropbox to External Hard Drive?

"Hello everyone, I have been using Dropbox for the past few years and have saved a lot of data to the Dropbox cloud. Recently, I buy a new external hard drive and I want to backup all my old data including Dropbox data to it. Can I backup Dropbox to the external hard drive? What will be the best and fastest method to do so? Any kindly reply will be appreciated!"

Why Backup Dropbox to External Hard Drive?

Normally, the two most common ways to store data are to use external hard drives or cloud storage. Although more and more users prefer cloud storage recently, the external hard drive is also necessary for the following reasons.

As we know, an external hard drive can prevent hackers from intruding and store everything in minutes, Therefore, if you want to have a local copy of very important files for double insurance, you can backup Dropbox to external hard drive just in case.

External hard drives allow you to store large amounts of data from the device at very little cost and only require a one-time upfront cost. So, when the storage space of your Dropbox is insufficient but you don’t want to buy extra storage, you can backup some data to external hard drive and delete the original data on Dropbox to free up some space.

Efficient Ways to Backup Dropbox to External Hard Drive

In the following contents, you will learn how to backup Dropbox files to external hard drive in both manual and automatic way. Both of the ways are free, you can choose one way to follow according to your needs. Please read on.

Way 1. Manually Backup Via Dropbox Website

Dropbox offers web app to help you upload files or download files from Dropbox to local hard drive. Since it is a web app, you can easily backup Dropbox to external hard drive on Mac or Windows in this way. Please check the below steps to learn how to do it:

1. Connect your external hard drive with your computer and make sure it can be detected.

2. Go to the Dropbox website and log in to your Dropbox account.

3. Find the file you want to backup to PC, click on “More” (three dots) on the right of the file column and choose “Download”.

Download from Dropbox

4. The time it takes to finish the downloading depends on how large the file is and how fast your network is. Finally, you can find the file on your local computer. Move these files to your connected external hard drive manually.


If you have set a default location to save downloaded files from web, you can find the file you download there; if not, you may be asked to decide where to store the downloading file.

If there are many files to be downloaded, you can create a temporary folder and put all needed files in. Then, you can download this folder directly. And after downloading, this folder will be converted to a file. You need to firstly decompress it if you want to view its contents.

Way 2. Automatically Backup Via Third-Party Tool

Actually, the easier way to backup Dropbox to external hard drive is to use a powerful data backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard, which can help you auto backup Dropbox to external hard drive in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. Here is how it works:

1. Connect your external hard drive with your computer and make sure it can be detected.

2. Download and install Dropbox desktop app on your computer, it will create a Dropbox folder on your computer.

3. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Standard, select “Basic Sync” under “Sync” tab.

Basic Sync

4. Rename Task Name if needed and click “Add Folder” to choose the Dropbox folder.

Add Folder

5. Choose the external hard drive as the Dropbox folder location.

Start Sync

6. Click “Start Sync” button to backup Dropbox to external hard drive.

Bonus tip: Backup Dropbox to Another Cloud Storage Directly

Actually, no matter you want to make a copy of your Dropbox data or free up some space in Dropbox, you can backup Dropbox to another cloud storage instead of external hard drive. Cloud to cloud backup can be much quicker and easier with a professional cloud backup tool like CBackupper.

CBackupper is a web-based cloud backup service that can help you backup files between cloud storage automatically and easily. It supports many cloud storage like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and so on. You can add as many accounts of these cloud storage as you have on CBackupper to do cloud backup.

1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, click Sign up at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name. After that, sign in your account.


2. Click Add Clouds under Clouds tab, select your clouds (here is Dropbox), and click Add. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper to access and manage your files on the cloud.

Add Dropbox

Note: CBackupper bases on standard OAuth system, which is a standard authorization framework that enables third-party applications to access multiple cloud accounts without username and password required. Meanwhile, it can ensure your accounts’ security.

3. Click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button.

Create Task

4. Name your task, click “Add Source” button to add Dropbox as the source. Similarly, click “Add Destination” button to add another cloud drive as the destination (e.g. Google Drive). And then click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to perform task.

Dropbox to Google Drive


You can click “Settings” button before starting backup to enjoy “File Filter” features. It can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when transferring.

You can enable email notification under “Settings”. Then, once the task succeeds or fails, you will receive an email from CBackupper.

You can click “Schedule” button to set up an automatic backup in Specific time/Daily/Weekly/Monthly mode.


You must have known how to backup Dropbox to external hard drive. Actually, cloud to cloud backup is much easier. If you want to protect your Dropbox data, you are suggested to backup Dropbox automatically with CBackuper frequently. Besides cloud backup, CBackupper also can help you combine the backup space of each account into a huge backup space. What’s more, it is free, don’t hesitate to use it.