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How to Backup to Dropbox


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Mar 22, 2022
Backup4all 9.x
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Backup4all supports backing up to Dropbox. This cloud storage location is known to offer adequate storage space for regular use.

Defining a Dropbox configuration

Before using Dropbox as a destination for backing up, you should define a new Dropbox configuration in File->Options->Online connections->Dropbox page. Once defined, you will be able to apply this Dropbox configuration to individual backup jobs.
Press the Add button once in File->Options->Online connections->Dropbox to add a new Dropbox connection. After you press Add button, the New Dropbox configuration name will appear in the list and you can enter the other settings for this connection:
  • Configuration name - Set the name of your choice for the connection.
  • Account type - here you can choose "Personal" or "Business", depending on the account type you have.
  • Authentication - pressing the "Choose account" button will open an authentication page in your default Browser application. Log into Dropbox to allow Backup4all access to the account.
  • Folder - If you want to use a specific folder, press the Browse button to select the folder or to create a new one.
  • Custom max file size - this option allows you to set a custom file size (by default is 5 GB). It is useful if you don't want large files to be split on upload.
In the Online connections page you can set the number of retry attempts and interval length (wait) for connecting to Dropbox. This is a global setting for all Dropbox connections. By default, if the server cannot be reached the first time, Backup4all will attempt to connect 5 more times at intervals of 60 seconds. If all attempts fail, then the backup is aborted.
Once you have finished defining the connection, press the Test button to check if the Dropbox details you have entered are correct. If the test was successful, The Dropbox connection was tested successfully message will be displayed.

Setting the destination to Dropbox
When defining a new backup job using the New Backup Wizard, select Dropbox in the Destination section (1st page of the wizard). If you already have a defined backup job and want to change the destination to Dropbox, select that backup job, open the Properties window (Ctrl+P), go to the Destination page and select Dropbox. There you can choose from existing Dropbox configurations or create a new connection.
If you have any defined Dropbox configurations, you will be able select one from the dropdown list (to define a configuration go to File->Options->Online connections->Dropbox ). Alternatively, you may define a custom configuration during the same step of the Backup Wizard.
Once you've entered the connection details, it is recommended to run a connection test by pressing the Test button.

Recommendations for backing up to Dropbox
  • After each change to the Dropbox configuration be sure to use the Test function.
  • If you backup important data to a remote location using Dropbox, encrypt the zip files for increased security. In this case, even if another person manages to gain unauthorized access to your Dropbox account, your files will still be protected.