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Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot [Solved]

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Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot [Solved]

#1 Post by danielson » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:42 pm

Have Windows 10 set to slow start up which should allow MX-18 the necessary time to "setup" Dropbox folders but it doesn't.
Must insert p.w. every time to then click over to the files on Dropbox located in Windows (which were previously bookmarked in MX-16).
Any way to circumvent this "routine"?
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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#2 Post by smilliken » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:54 pm

I'm not sure I understand the process. When you dual boot, do you not get the GRUB screen allowing you time to select either MX-16 or Windows 10?

You can install the Dropbox package into the Mx-16 OS and from there, it places a folder in the home directory called dropbox. When the sync is set up in MX-16, you tell it to save your credentials and every time you boot into MX-16, the files sync. From there, it is just a matter of dragging and dropping into the dropbox folder and the computer does the rest. You Windows 10 install should have the same process and then it does not matter which OS you use, the files will be up to date.

Not sure if that answers you question. One other question I would have is, how did you install MX-16 to get it into a dual boot situation? What type/kind of computer are yo using?
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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#3 Post by danielson » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:24 pm

Dual boot is working just fine with MX GRUB set to MBR.
Already have Dropbox on Windows.
SSD is a small one, so i don't want to install Dropbox on MX-16.

Have Dropbox folders bookmarked to MX-16, but they disappear at reboot and must enter p.w. to access them again etc.
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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#4 Post by Gaer Boy » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:07 pm

I still don't understand your setup. I assume your Dropbox folder is on a NTFS partition. There shouldn't be any difficulty in accessing this if the partition is mounted in MX-16 at boot.

I don't see the size objection to installing Dropbox in MX-16, either. My Dropbox install takes about 5KB on disk - my Dropbox folder is on another disk.

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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#5 Post by smilliken » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:14 pm

So they are bookmarks on the left side of Thunar. Would be similar to another drive showing up on the left side. Those can be fixed by running Disk Manager. I have network devices bookmarked and they always request the main password key which is set up when you first set up device.

That main password show store your credentials so you only need to used the root password to open the key to your dropbox credentials.

Not exactly sure how you can change that tho.
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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#6 Post by dolphin_oracle » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:06 pm

you just need to set up your windows partition to be automounted (its not at the moment).

I set mine up in this video starting at 2:50 (the link is direct) using our Disk Manager utility...https://youtu.be/twDhZFBMgJ0?t=2m50s

I use a similar set up. My dropbox folder is common to both windows and mx clients. In my case, either can do the actual syncing.
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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#7 Post by danielson » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:11 pm

I'm honored to have dolphin_oracle intervene here.
Have listened to the clip but I'll have to listen to it again.

Wonder if GRUB would have been installed to the / instead of MBR, if that would have made a difference?
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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#8 Post by dolphin_oracle » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:59 pm

Grub has nothing to do with it. Your partition with the dropbox folder is simply not mounted at boot up. When you click on the drive in thunar it mounts. It asks for a password (I assume the root one) because your partition is an ntfs drive.

Disk Manager (and the notes in my video) are the easiest way to set that partition to be automounted at boot up.

Linux is different from Windows in this regard. Windows automounts most partitions automatically. Linux doesn't unless you tell it too.
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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#9 Post by danielson » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:22 pm

It's the second time i listen to the video and it's a bit steep for my little head.
Will give it another look... see why always to find easier routes...
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Re: Accessing Dropbox on Windows in dual boot

#10 Post by smilliken » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:35 pm

Start Menu>System>Disk Manager. In the list of drives, select the drive with the Windows installed on it. May show sda1 or sda2, and check the box under enable, let Disk Manager do its magic. Then each time you boot the computer and go into MX-16, the Windows drive will be accessible with out any passwords.
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