Dropbox sync to an external drive rather than iMac?

kaplaninternational

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Hi guys, when I download Dropbox app on my iMac, can I set the location to my harddrive so it syncs/downloads all files there rather than the actual iMac drive?

I have a Samsung T5 drive, and I tried directing it to sync all my Dropbox there directly and for that to act as the Dropbox folder but then it told me that drive is not supported. It told me it needs to be HFS+ or APFS-formatted hard drive

Can I make my Samsung T5 like that? I want to try to avoid my iMac having to have all the files actually on it
 

Mr_Brightside_@

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If there's nothing on it, wipe it to APFS in Disk Utility. You're going to need to anyway if you're copying your hard drive to it.
 

kaplaninternational

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But how do I do that? I don't see the option for APFS
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I have the options

Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Mas OS Ext (Case sensitive journaled)
MS-DOS (FAT)
EXFAT
 

kaplaninternational

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Which one, the journaled one?

or the case sensitive journaled one?
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Hey buddy you are right, it's working :)
 

velocityg4

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To use APFS you need to use a GUID Partition Map. The Samsung is probably set for MBR.

Before you get too far. I'd switch to APFS. It's more efficient with SSD than HFS+ (Mac OS Extended). Be sure to set Disk Utility to show all devices. That's the only way you'll be able to change the scheme to GUID.

 
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kaplaninternational

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To use APFS you need to use a GUID Partition Map. The Samsung is probably set for MBR.

Before you get too far. I'd switch to APFS. It's more efficient with SSD than HFS+ (Mac OS Extended). Be sure to set Disk Utility to show all devices. That's the only way you'll be able to change the scheme to GUID.

Hello I took your advice and did exactly what you said - so I did APFS now on my Samsumg T5, it's working and now relinking Dropbox to that rather than actually on my Mac Harddrive. That's a good idea right? I use Dropbox daily for design/development work - large psd's etc and movie files
 

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Hello I took your advice and did exactly what you said - so I did APFS now on my Samsumg T5, it's working and now relinking Dropbox to that rather than actually on my Mac Harddrive. That's a good idea right? I use Dropbox daily for design/development work - large psd's etc and movie files
Sure it doesn't harm anything and you have your internal drive free for apps and OS.