ZCB can be used to backup and restore data that is synchronized with Dropbox. This allows recovery of the data if it is deleted or if the Dropbox service is unavailable.
The Dropbox application must be installed and the data available on the local disk. Once the data is available on local disk, select the Dropbox folder for backup within any File System backup set.
If a restore is necessary, use ZCB to restore the files or folders from Dropbox. If the data is restored directly to the Dropbox folder, it will be uploaded and synced automatically to the Dropbox service once restore is finished.
How to back up Dropbox data
The Dropbox Software must be installed and operational on the system.
Once installed, Dropbox will create a folder on disk. If you are new to Dropbox, you must add files or folders to the Dropbox folder on disk. If you are an existing Dropbox customer, the data stored on the cloud will be downloaded to this folder automatically.
The Dropbox data is available both on the web and on local disk after installation and synchronization is complete.
Include the Dropbox folder in any File System backup set. A new backup set was created for this example, but existing backup sets can be used.
Finish configuration of your backup set and save.
The data will be backed up according to your schedules, or you may launch a backup manually using the Backup Now function.
How to restore Dropbox data
Once the files and folders stored on Dropbox are protected with ZCB, they can be restored, even if a folder and some files are deleted or if Dropbox itself is unavailable.
The following items were deleted, and are gone from both disk and Dropbox.
- The After Reinstall.PNG file
- The LogFile.txt file
We can get them back with a restore.
By default, the Restore All option will be chosen, and everything in the backup set will be restored. You can can restore specific items instead by using the Restore Select or Search options.
Restore to the Original Location if you want the restored items to be automatically synced back to your Dropbox after the restore is complete.
The Name Conflict Policy controls what will happen if a file to be restored already exists on disk. In this example, the "Keep Existing" option is chosen so that only the deleted items will be restored, even if other items are selected. This ensures that the files that still exist on disk will not be overwritten with old versions from the backup.
Click the Restore button and confirm your restoration settings
Restore is successful! Files that already existed in the Original Location were not restored because the "Keep existing" Name Conflict Policy was chosen.
The restored files are automatically synced back to Dropbox once restore is complete.