By Ailsa / Last Updated February 23, 2021

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Can I Sync Folders Outside the Dropbox Folder?

“Hi, I was wondering if i have to move every folder that I need to synchronize to the Dropbox folder, or is there a way to keep the folders in their locations and select them in a way to keep synced with Dropbox. Please help, Thanks in advance.”

Question from dropboxforum.com

As a matter of fact, Dropbox can only sync folders located in Dropbox folder. Although you could move the folders to Dropbox folder and make it synced, it’s troublesome and not the ideal solution.

Don’t worry, there still have three ways let Dropbox sync folders outside of Dropbox folder to backup files to Dropbox.

Create Dropbox Symlink to Sync Folders outside Dropbox Folder

To make the Dropbox sync files outside folder, you have to take advantage of the command prompt and use the syntax of mklink to create Dropbox Symlink:

mklink /d "New Folder" "Original Folder"

  • /d: creates a directory symbolic link(symlink).

  • New Folder is the location of Dropbox folder. To differ from other folders, you could create a linked folder in Dropbox folder to store the files and folders from original folder.

  • Original Folder is the location of folder that you want to sync to Dropbox.

For me, the New Folder location is: C:\Users\ailsa\Dropbox, the original folder location is: D:\Work.

Steps to create Dropbox symlink for Dropbox sync folders outside the Dropbox folder:

1. Input cmd in Windows search box, right click the Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.

2. Input the command:

mklink /d "C:\Users\ailsa\Dropbox\linked\work" "D:\Work"

Mklink Create Dropbox Symlink

Tip: Please DO NOT create the work folder under Linked folder in Dropbox Folder, because the command will automatically create it. Or the command will fail.

Now, just check the work folder, and you will find all the files and folders in D:\Work has been synced to Dropbox automatically.

After that, any changes to the D:\Work folder, it will synced automatically to Dropbox. And you could use this way to make Dropbox sync any folders outside the Dropbox folder.

If you want to Dropbox sync multiple folders outside Dropbox folder, you have to repeat the above command using the corresponding folder location.

Sync Folders Outside the Dropbox Folder with Dropbox Folder Sync

Dropbox Folder Sync is the addon for you to automatically sync folders outside of the Dropbox folder just by using the right click menu on the folder in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. But now, Dropbox Folder Sync is discontinued.

To let Dropbox sync folder outside Dropbox, right click the folder you want to sync to Dropbox, and choose Dropbox Folder Sync > Sync with Dropbox. That’s all.

Dropbox Folder Sync

This way is not recommended, because the software has been discontinued and your data security cannot be protected well.

Automatic Sync Folders Outside Dropbox Folder via AOMEI Backupper

To be honest, there is a reliable way to make Dropbox sync outside folder automatically - try the free cloud backup service AOMEI Backupper Standard. It allows you sync folders outside of Dropbox folder automatically in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.

Please download the AOMEI Backupper Standard and have it a try:

Step 1. Please install and perform AOMEI Backupper Standard, select Sync tab, and then choose Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

Step 2. Customize the Task Name, click + Add Folder to choose the folders outside of Dropbox folder.

Basic Sync Add Folder

Step 3. Tap the inverted triangle icon and choose Select a cloud drive, then select Dropbox as the destination and hit OK.

Select A Cloud Drive

Select Dropbox

Step 4. Click Schedule at the bottom of the window, choose Daily, Weekly or Monthly to automatically sync folders outside Dropbox folder easily.

Schedule Settings General

Step 5. Press Start Sync > Add the schedule and start Sync now to let Dropbox sync folders outside of Dropbox folder automatically. Besides, you could select the option Only add the schedule according to your needs.

Tip: Option is capable of comment the Dropbox folder sync task, enable email notification, and other settings.

After a while, you will find the specified folders has been auto synced to Dropbox.

Write in the End

Although Dropbox only sync folders automatically in Dropbox folder, you still have 3 ways to make Dropbox sync any folders outside of Dropbox folder:

  • Create Dropbox Symlink

  • Dropbox Folder Sync

  • AOMEI Backupper Standard

It’s easy to operate according to the above steps. Just find the suitable way to sync any folders outside of Dropbox folder. Moreover, you might encounter Dropbox is full message after sync existing folders to Dropbox, just refer to the link to find solutions.