Make Dropbox Sync an External Folder using Mklink

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Would you like to make DropBox backup a folder which is not stored within the default DropBox folder? We may have a solution!

Using a built in function in Microsoft’s Operating System called Mklink, which creates a symbolic directly link, we may be able to ‘fool‘ DropBox into thinking that a particular directory is located within its default synchronization folder.


Example: To create a symbolic link named “MyDocs” from the root directory to the “\Users\User1\Documents” directory, type:

mklink /d \MyDocs \Users\User1\Documents


Mklink has Spaces

If you are trying to make a symblic link but have spaces in your path or folder name you will need to put both Link and Target in double quotes. See example:

Example: To create a symbolic link named “Video Files” from the root directory to the “\Users\User1\Video Files” directory, type:

mklink /d “\video files” “\User\User1\Video Files”

Mklink Commands

For additional examples of how to use the Mklink command, see these examples.



mklink [[/d] | [/h] | [/j]] <Link> <Target>



Parameter Description


Creates a directory symbolic link. By default, mklink creates a file symbolic link.


Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.


Creates a Directory Junction.


Specifies the name of the symbolic link that is being created.


Specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new symbolic link refers to.


Displays help at the command prompt.


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