How to Backup your Files to Dropbox Automatically

Step by Step Video tutorial on How to Backup your Files to Dropbox Automatically

1. Launch SyncToy and create a new folder pair. For instance, to backup documents, set the “Left Folder” as your My Documents folder and the “Right Folder” as a sub-folder of Dropbox. Set the action as ‘synchronize.’

2. Repeat Step 1 for every folder that you want to back up using Dropbox. If you want to backup all your Videos, just point the left folder to the main ‘My Videos’ folder or choose individual folders if you don’t have space to backup the entire archive.

3. Enter taskschd.msc in the Windows Run box to start the Task Scheduler or go to Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> System Tools –> Scheduled Tasks.

4. While you are inside Task Scheduler, create a basic task and give it a name like ‘Dropbox Backup.’ Set as Daily it will run backup once per day and choose a time when you are less likely to use your Computer.

5. Under Action, choose “Start a Program” and set the program name as SyncToyCmd.exe. For arguments, just say “-R” without quotes and save the task.

That’s it! SyncToy will launch everyday at the set time and will put all the new and updated files into Dropbox. Once there, Dropbox will automatically copy your files to the cloud which you can then access from anywhere from almost any device.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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