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the following script is running quite nicely for a friend of mine doing a year of work and travel to have a backup at home for all the pics and movies taken with her mobile phone,


The facts:


At home: a VMWARE virtual machine with dropbox installed for her DB account

On-the-Road: One mobile phone, Camera Uploads are activated for her dropbox account, one Laptop.



The idea is to have a copy of *ALL* pictures and movies taken with the mobile phone *OUTSIDE* the dropbox folder, so that the DB Max Size is never exceeded.

The script is running at home and doing this:

  1. Copy all content from the "Camera Upload Folder" within the dropbox folder to some folder *OUTSIDE* the DB folder
  2. Move all content from the "Camera Upload Folder" do some other folder *INSIDE* the DB folder to indicate, that the backup copies at home were done successfully


Dropbox is also installed on the Laptop she has with her. So on the Laptop she checks from time to time the destination folder inside the dropbox folder and moves the pics / movies on the laptop to some other folder outside the dropbox as well. By that final step the images are moved out of the dropbox on the mobile phone as well, so that there is always space left to sync more pics / movies.


As moving pics / movies out of the dropbox folder on the laptop doesn't touch the copies in the mobile phone's "Gallery", she has all the pics / movies at all three locations:

  1. Mobile Phone
  2. Laptop
  3. VM at home


The folder names propably are different for non-German localized Windows and Dropbox, just modify them to meet your localization.


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Sounds impressive. Thanks for sharing. :)

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An useful script indeed. It could greatly benefit by using file monitoring rather than check for new files every 10 minutes, this UDF by @Yashied makes it super easy to do :D


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