You can move your Dropbox folder to any location on your hard drive or external hard drive using the Dropbox desktop app.
If you decide to move the folder, we recommend choosing a location on the same hard drive as your operating system. Dropbox won't work correctly if the Dropbox folder becomes inaccessible, which can happen if it's located on an external drive that gets disconnected.
Note: You can also move your Dropbox folder back to its default location. To learn how, scroll to the bottom of this article.
Network or non-default file systems
- Dropbox is not compatible with network file systems.
- Network file systems do not send messages when files change. When Dropbox first starts it does a deep file scan, detects changes, and syncs them. However, Dropbox usually waits for "file update events," and only physically connected drives send these events.
- Moving the Dropbox folder to a drive with a non-default file system for the operating system may cause unexpected behavior.
- These file systems may have limitations outside of what Dropbox can control, including limits on file size, file type, or others.
- SD cards, or any device considerd "Removable media" by your operating system, are not supported locations for the Dropbox folder. We can only support hosting the Dropbox folder on your computer's main internal drive, or on a physically connected external hard drive.
Take these potential issues into consideration when choosing a new location for Dropbox. Consult resources for your operating system if you have further questions.