Dropbox symbolic links




File sync services like Google Drive and Dropbox will only sync the files and folders that are placed within their app-specific directories. Using what’s called symbolic links you can get around this, and we’ve seen all kinds of apps that are able to provide an easy-to-use interface for managing these links. With the way Dropboxifier is designed it definitely takes the cake.

This free and portable Windows app has you point it to the root of your Dropbox account, and then you can begin creating your links. What’s really awesome is that it saves a XML configuration file within your Dropbox folder that has a list of all the links you’ve created. Why is this so special? Because if your computer dies all of your links don’t die along with it. After you get your computer back up and running you can fire up the app, point it to your Dropbox folder, and it will show exclamation points next to all the links that are supposed to be on that specific machine. You can then click the Resolve button on each of the links you want to restore, which will then ask you which method you want to use to restore the links:

Restore dropbox

This is a killer feature especially if you end up creating dozens of links. Otherwise you may find yourself in a situation where you have to sit there trying to remember all the links you previously had and get them all set up again.

Dropboxifier is a must-have for anyone that uses Dropbox, Google Drive, or any other file sync service that backs up data from your local machine to the cloud. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

Dropboxifier Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)