Windows recommend you to save all your files save into my documents folder by default. We like to save most of our files directly into desktop to get easy access and keep always on your eyesight.
Either way, there is a potential risk of losing you files and data if your Windows OS crash or hard disk fails. The best precaution is the keep a back up always for your files. Still, you wont get real time backup of you files.
This article is coming into picture at this scenario. You can get an instant backup of both your Windows desktop and My Document folder or any other folder location by syncing with Dropbox.
Dropbox is amazing cloud storage platform that you can use to share any files between your mobile devices, MAC, Windows etc. It is stable, reliable and fast and you can get a free account with an email address.
Drop box offer you almost real time sync between your local files with Drop box account. If you don’t have drop box account, please go to this link to get a free drop box account.
How to Sync Windows Desktop folder with Dropbox?
This is a simple one step solution to sync your windows desktop location with Dropbox. You have to go and find desktop folder as first step. In Windows 7 you can go C:\Users\username\Desktop. Once you locate this folder, please right click on this desktop folder and select properties.
Click on Location tab and you can see the default location specified in this tab. You have to change this location to Dropbox folder. Go to your Dropbox folder and create a folder for your desktop say WinDesktop. Get the location of that folder and paste as a new location for your desktop as per the screen shot.
Click on Apply and you are done. Now what ever you put in your desktop, it will instantly automatically go to Dropbox and save there. No duplicate files make at this process or no need to drag and drop files each time to sync.
How to Sync Windows MyDocuments folder with Dropbox?
By default, Windows save all documents and files into My Documents folder. It is a wise idea to keep a back up of My Documents folder with Dropbox. Go to C:\Users\username\My Documents and right click on folder. Select properties and come to Location tab. Change the default location of My Documents folder into a folder from Dropbox.
In this screen shot we created a folder named MyDocumnets in dropbox and set that folder as a default location. You all set. Now all files that you save into My Documents will go to Dropbox folder.
How to remove Windows Desktop and My Documents Sync from your Dropbox account?
You can revert this and stop syncing by changing the location of desktop and my documents to the default location and your file will no longer sync with Dropbox. You may need to copy and paste old file that you already put into documents and desktop folder from Dropbox folder into your local machine folder if you need.
You can access this synced filed from any other machine if you want. Even though the Dropbox account is stable and reliable, we recommend you to keep a monthly backup of your file in an external hard disk for additional protection.