Trick for Synchronizing Folders Placed Outside Your My Dropbox Folder with Dropbox Server

Dropbox is a useful service that synchronizes all the data saved in your My Dropbox folder with Dropbox server helping you to store and share your data quite easily. However, this service works only for synchronizing data present in the My Dropbox folder (along with its subfolders) with Dropbox server.

Dropbox is unable to synchronize other folders (i.e. the ones located outside the My Dropbox folder) with Dropbox server which means that this barrier will not allow you to back up data from other folders to the Dropbox server. You will have to copy any updated data manually to the Dropbox server which is quite a pain.

Nevertheless, you may get rid of this barrier and synchronize all the folders located outside your My Dropbox folder with the Dropbox server by using a simple trick. You have to create a link between the folder “My Dropbox” and other folders that you need to sync to the Dropbox server. This can be easily done by using “Junction”.

For using this feature “Junction”, you need to follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Firstly, you need to download LSE (Link Shell Extension) from the internet and install it in your system.
  • Go to “Windows Explorer”. Next, navigate to the folder that you wish to synchronize with Dropbox server and right-click on it. Select the option “Pick Link Source” from the right-click context menu.

  • You need to now navigate to the folder “My Dropbox” which you will normally find at the location “C:\Documents and Settings\ {user name}\My Documents\My Dropbox”. Right-click on the folder “My Dropbox”, select “Drop As”. Now, from the “Drop As” submenu, choose “Junction”.

  • Repeat Step no. 2 & 3 for all other folders that you wish to synchronize with Dropbox server.


Now that you are done with the above mentioned procedure, you will see duplicate copies of these folders in your My Dropbox folder. Any new updates done to these folders will automatically reflect in the duplicate folders as well. The moment any changes are detected in the duplicate folders, Dropbox will immediately synchronize the duplicate folders with the Dropbox server.



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