Dropbox: How to backup other folders than the default Dropbox

I recently tested a couple of online backup solutions and one of them was Dropbox.

If you know the system, you know also that Dropbox requires the user to choose a folder which will be synchronized in the cloud.

That folder is called “Dropbox” and can’t be changed.

I wanted to backup a couple of folders which I have on my Truecrypt partition but I didn’t want to move them in the Dropbox folder in order to be synchronized with the cloud. For that, I created symlinks with the “mklink” command:

cd t:SDropbox

mklink /D name directory_source


My Truecrypt partition is called T and in it are folders S together with folders P and N which I wanted to backup.

I added the symlinks to P and N in the folder S.

mklink /D P t:P

mklink /D N t:N

Dropbox sensed that immediately and started to synchronize.

So far so good…

There is a catch:

If you sync another computer with the same Dropbox account, you will have the problem that the folders N and P appear to be in folder S. You can change this by selecting what to synchronized in Dropbox.


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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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