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Is there a way to have a PC connect to multiple dropbox accounts?

I have a personal dropbox account which I use to sync files across multiple PCs and that all works fine.

However, someone who wishes to share documents with me (and several others) has suggested using dropbox to share the documents. They've setup a new dropbox account for just this purpose but I can't see how I can use this without unlinking my computer form my account.

Any ideas?

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So the new account is for you to use? Or for the other person? –  Peter Coulton Jul 8 '10 at 8:55
    
Run dropbox off a USB drive? –  thunderror Jul 8 '10 at 8:55
    
wonder why I lost two. It wasn't really a bad solution. Just close the existing dropbox on the tray and run the other from the USB. –  thunderror Jul 8 '10 at 9:22
    
Why USB? The issue is not storage space. Might as well just have two separate folders. I don't think it's trivial to accomplish anyway. –  itsadok Jul 8 '10 at 10:50
    
Because it lets you make install dropbox with a separate login? I'm not talking about space here. –  thunderror Jul 8 '10 at 11:10
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Dropbox supports sharing content across multiple accounts.

  • On the Dropbox website, using the account you wish to share from, create a new folder (e.g. "my project")

  • In the top toolbar, select "Invite to folder", enter the email addresses for the recipients (make sure it's the email they already use for their Dropbox account).

  • Each recipient will get an email asking if they wish to accept the share. When they do, the new folder (e.g. "my project") will appear and synch in their personal account.

  • The recipient can reorganise as they see fit. just move the location of the folder in their account (say to move it into a "shared" folder or a "Projects for Matt" folder) - it won't affect anyone else who is sharing it (only changes to the contents of the folder will)

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Good idea, but make sure everyone has enough storage space to accommodate the new shared folder. Some users keep themselves closer to the storage limit than others. –  Zoot Nov 18 '10 at 21:07
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This is how I get around it

  1. Create a new windows account
  2. Create a shortcut to DropBox on your desktop
  3. Hold shift and Right click the shortcut and click Run As Different User
  4. Type YourPcName\YourNewAccount for UserName and your password
  5. A new DropBox window will open up now and ask for your email/password.

You should now have two dropboxes in your task bar.

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+1 That's a quite innovative workaround! –  Michael Durrant Jun 10 '12 at 14:13
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There's a tutorial here;

http://www.semi-legitimate.com/sls/blog/36-tech-tips/54-multiple-dropbox-instances

Hope this helps.

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When that link no longer works this answer has no information at all. –  Al E. Dec 3 '13 at 0:45
    
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That's really not the point. A reader shouldn't have to go somewhere else to get the information they need. See Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really "good answers"? –  Al E. Dec 3 '13 at 17:04
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You might setup a new account in the name of the project as a kind of 'master' account to keep the shared files under the control of the team, not any one individual, then using the web interface manage the folder sharing. This way the shared files will be synced to your account automatically (no need to mess with multiple desktop accounts).

But otherwise, as long as each user has there own account, I don't see any reason for extra accounts. Just select a folder to share and then add the users to begin sharing.

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You can share folders with any number of people.

Right click any folder in your dropbox account, and choose "DropBox" and "Share this folder".

You'll be taken to a webpage where you can enter the email addresses of the people you need to share the folder with.

Everyone you're sharing with will need a dropbox account, but there's no need to create a separate "just for the project" dropbox account.

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Now there is a app named MultCloud could do this. https://www.multcloud.com

Site mentions “Combine free space all together to form a larger space” (and, since mention of free, the app itself is also) and “Doesn't need logging into multiple cloud accounts, MultCloud will combine these cloud drives together to manage just by logging once, and easily access all supported cloud files..”

One recommendation there explains some of the process: “In the past, if I want to move files from DropBox to Box.net, the files have to download from DropBox and then uploaded to Box.net. For large or numerous files, this is inconvenient and time-consuming. Copying a file or folder between services is as easy as drag-and-drop…”

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