By Lily / Last Updated March 16, 2021

Why to mirror/sync folders to Dropbox?

Talking about cloud storage service, Dropbox must take a spot. It lets you sync local files online as well as sync online files to your devices. It offers 2 GB of free space for every user. If you want to acquire more online storage, you may subscribe to advanced plans like Plus or Professional.

Many users would like to mirror folders to Dropbox due to the following reasons:

  • Protect data safety. Files saved on cloud storage won’t be affected by computer errors.

  • Anytime, anywhere access. You are allowed to access Dropbox files on any device at any time with your Dropbox account.

  • Easy file sharing. You can share files or folders with others without sending large attachments. People will receive an email with a link to the files or folders.

Then, how to use Dropbox to sync folders? There are two effective methods for your reference.

Method 1: Dropbox sync any folders in Windows

To mirror local folders to Dropbox in Windows 10/8/7, you can follow the steps below:

1. Download Dropbox app, install, and sign in it.

2. Go through Dropbox setup pages. After clicking Finish, Dropbox will appear in the left pane of File Explorer.

3. Click Dropbox from the left pane to open the Dropbox folder on your computer. Copy and paste or drag and drop the files/folders you want to sync into the Dropbox folder. The client will automatically sync them to dropbox.com.

Dropbox Folder

Tips: If you add files on Dropbox cloud drive, they will be mirrored to the Dropbox local folder automatically after you sign in Dropbox desktop app. To save space on your computer hard drive, you can enable Selective Sync.

Method 2: Mirror folders to Dropbox with a free tool

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free backup software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, can also help you mirror folders to Dropbox, and it can do much more. Following are its main features in regard to sync:

  • Basic Sync: if you add or edit files in the source directory, the same changes will happen in the destination directory. You can choose to sync deletions as well.

  • Various source and destination locations: you are allowed to sync files between two drives, internal or external. You can also sync files from a NAS device to a cloud drive, such as sync QNAP to OneDrive.

Learn how to mirror folders to Dropbox via AOMEI Backupper below:

Step 1. Download, install, and run free file sync software - AOMEI Backupper.

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. Click Sync and select Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

If you upgrade to higher editions like AOMEI Backupper Professional, you can enjoy the other two sync modes:
▶ Mirror Sync: this will help to keep the destination directory exactly the same as the source directory. If there are files in the destination directory that don’t exist in the source directory, they will be deleted in the destination.
▶ Real-Time Sync: any changes happen in the source directory will be synced to the destination directory immediately.
Two-Way Sync: changes made in the source directory will take place in the destination directory and vice versa.  

Step 3. Edit the task name so that you can distinguish it from other sync tasks. Click Add Folder to select the folder(s) you want to sync.

Add Folder

Step 4. Expand the drop-down menu of the second column and choose Select a cloud drive.

Select a Cloud Drive

Step 5. Select Dropbox and click OK. If you cannot find Dropbox in the list, then manually navigate to the Dropbox local folder by clicking the folder shaped button in the second column.

Select Dropbox

Step 6. Confirm the source and destination directories and click Start Sync. Or you can configure this sync task before clicking Start Sync:

  • Options: you can write a comment for your sync task, enable email notification, and choose to sync deletions or not.

Sync Settings

  • Schedule: you can set the sync task to run periodically. There are five modes available: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, and USB plug in.

Schedule Settings General

To sum up

Now you know how to mirror folders to Dropbox using Dropbox desktop app and the free sync tool - AOMEI Backupper. Actually, AOMEI Backupper is also powerful clone software. You can use it to clone SSD to larger SSD and copy Ext4 partition. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!