Move files from Dropbox to OneDrive

Transferring your files from Dropbox to OneDrive

This process involves moving files from within your Dropbox to your computer and then from your computer to your OneDrive. It is very strongly recommended that you do not drag and drop your data directly from Dropbox into OneDrive to prevent any data loss.

Move individual files

Save from Dropbox to your computer

  1. Log into your Dropbox.
  2. Navigate to the files you would like to move and click once on the file to select it.
  3. Once selected, a task menu will appear above the file list. Choose Download and save the file to your computer’s hard drive or network drive.

Download files from Dropbox

  1. Repeat until all of the files you would like to move have been downloaded and saved.

Move from your computer to OneDrive

  1. In a browser, log into your Office 365 email online and navigate to OneDrive.
  2. Navigate to the folder you want to save your files into.
    1. You may first need to create a new folder for your files.

Upload files to OneDrive

  1. On your computer, open the folder containing the files you downloaded from DropBox. Have this window close to your OneDrive window.
  2. Select each file (Ctrl +A will select all of the files at once) then click your mouse button and continue holding to drag the files from the file window to the OneDrive window.
  3. The selected files are copied to OneDrive.
  4. Be sure to delete the files from your hard drive or network drive after the files appear in your OneDrive.

Move groups of files

The process to move groups of files is quite similar. You download the files from DropBox and copy them to OneDrive. However, DropBox automatically packages multiple files into a compressed (zipped) file when downloading to your hard drive or network drive. This means that you will need to perform an extra step— extracting the compressed files before copying them to OneDrive.

Save from Dropbox to your computer

  1. Log into your Dropbox.
  2. Navigate to the folder you would like to move and click once on the folder to select it.

Move groups of files out of Dropbox

  1. Once selected, a task menu will appear above the file list. Choose Download and save the compressed file to your computer’s hard drive.

Move from your computer to OneDrive

  1. On your computer, open the folder containing the zipped files you downloaded from DropBox. 

Move files from your computer to OneDrive

  1. Double-click to view the contents.
  2. Click Extract all files. You can save them to the same folder.

Extract all files to your computer

  1. In a browser, log into your Office 365 email online and navigate to OneDrive.
  2. Navigate to the folder you want to save your files into.
    1. You may first need to create a new folder for your files.

Upload files to OneDrive

  1. Select each file (Ctrl +A will select all of the files at once) then click your mouse button and continue holding to drag the files from the file window to the OneDrive window.
  2. The selected files are copied to OneDrive.
  3. Be sure to delete the files from your hard drive or network drive after the files appear in your OneDrive.

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