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I'd like to use my Dropbox account to backup my "Documents" folder, without running the risk of deleting something on Dropbox and my files being deleted on my computer. Is there any way to do this?

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Does it have to be DropBox? I use DropBox to synchronise files across computers quickly, but SpiderOak to back up (it can also sync files, but a bit slower than DropBox). – Paddy Landau Dec 6 '12 at 14:57
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First off, you should be aware that you can recover deleted files from Dropbox. Also, Dropbox keeps a version history of your files. So you don't need to worry about accidentally deleting files from your Dropbox folder.

Backing up to your Dropbox folder is easy. Just use any back up tool, and set the destination to your Dropbox folder.

Here's how to do it with Ubuntu's Backup tool Install deja-dup that comes with Ubuntu by default:

  • Launch "Backup".
  • Click the "Storage" tab.
  • Under Backup location, choose your Dropbox folder.

You can also use other backup tools like rsync Install rsync.

Another method to back up files automatically is to create a symlink in your Dropbox directory, pointing to directories you want to back up.

For example, this will include your Documents folder in your Dropbox storage automatically:

cd ~/Dropbox
ln -s ~/Documents Documents
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+1 for symlink way to do that for specific folder – Neutralizer Aug 2 '13 at 12:04

You could turn Documents into a symbolic link that points to Dropbox, or use a 'backup' program like rsync to mirror the files.

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