Dropbox slow start up / nas alternative


We have migrate around 150 gb and 150000 files into dropbox.

We have a slow starting issue on some older computer. 3-5 hours dropbox start (not the initial sync, but the startup of the software after computer reboot) and newer computer start up took 20 min.

I'm looking into NAS client type of dropbox, qnap have one...

If I install dropbox into a windows 7 box and share it's content to make it available to the user by UNC, does this will work like a NAS client ? Anyone have this setup and working ?

Also I can replace all the computer to newer hardware but the NAS solution will be less expensive than replacing 5 computers.

Or any other suggestion to fix the slow startup of dropbox ?

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Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
I have actually setup dropbox pro shared folders for the company i work for at the moment.

I definitely would not recommend setting up 150GB of files on Dropbox.

I would not recommend using dropbox folders as shared folders if that is what you are suggesting, I would do what I do presently and just add another PC to the account that hosts the shared folder, you can have multiple computers using the same account.

Regarding the slow start up , can you install dropbox on another computer and see if the issue occurs here? what does windows task manager peformance tab? processes tab sorted by memory and cpu? resource manager? and event log filtered for critical, error and warning show you when the PC is going slow.
Synology NAS offers Dropbox-like functionality, called Cloudstation.   The NAS server takes the place of the Dropbox server, and you can sync files to/from Windows, Mac, Android, and IOS using the client application DS Cloud.

Cloudstation does versioning, so when a client changes or deletes a file, the old version is automatically retained, accessible by the administrator.
Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
Once you test the cloud station feature and have it backed up appropriately I think that looks like a fine solution.

Nice to see it does VSS backups for you too. We can never have too many backups.

I think having that amount of data in dropbox is pretty cumbersome and arkward to say the least and I can definetly see the benefits of migrating to the Synology box.
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bmdgiAuthor Commented:
Mark, you are using Dropbox on a dedicated machine and you let multiple computer access it, That's the way I try to explain I want to use it.

If I have a central Dropbox and all the computer access it, and the users use the Web Client to access the file if needed I think this might be a good fit.

For the 150 GB, like I say, it's working great on newer computer..

With your setup Have you found any issue regards corruption, sync issue ?
bmdgiAuthor Commented:
mark, with your setup of dropbox, did you have any sync or issues ?

Please let me know,

Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
no sync issues or corruption issues no, sorry I have been inactive on here over the last week.

Everything works fine, we have an external company linked into it. they upload stuff for our staff.
We have several staff members using the same dropbox account on our lan.

When setting up dropbox on our local computers on the lan you have these issues if
1) The dropbox account is not activated - it starts creating weird folders and copys of it. Why we use the same dropbox account for all computers viewing it on our side. The external supplier use there own dropbox account.
2) This is the only gotcha ive found on it, when installing on our local computers the user needs admin rights when you install it. I then just remove admin rights and reboot and it syncs up fine everytime.

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