Migrate files with Dropbox and Lenovo Migration Assistant

This article details how to migrate files from one computer to a new Lenovo computer using Dropbox and Lenovo Migration Assistant. To get started:

  • Follow the prompts from Dropbox and the Lenovo Migration Assistant on your new Lenovo computer
  • Be sure the Dropbox desktop app is installed on both your old and new computers; if the install is successful, you'll see a Dropbox folder on the hard drive of both computers, and the Dropbox icon will appear in the taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac)

Before you begin

  • If you have a large number of files, consider prioritizing them so the files you use every day migrate before archived files
  • Also consider migrating your data in batches, or doing the migration overnight or on a weekend
  • Be sure that the computer you're migrating files to has enough hard drive space (by default, the Dropbox desktop app keeps a copy of files on your computer's hard drive)
  • Check the amount of space in your Dropbox account, and consider upgrading if necessary (by default, Basic accounts have 2 GB of space, while Plus accounts have 2 TB)
  • If you want to delete files from your old computer, or if you want to wipe the hard drive entirely, be sure to first sign out of Dropbox on that computer and uninstall the Dropbox desktop app (this will ensure synced files aren't deleted from Dropbox or from your new computer)

Migrate files from one computer to another

  1. On the computer you're migrating from, open File Explorer and navigate to any files or folders that you want to migrate. Drag-and-drop these files or folders to the Dropbox folder on your hard drive.
  2. As long as the computer you're migrating from is connected to the Internet, these files and folders will then upload to your Dropbox account in the cloud.
  3. These files and folders will also sync to your new computer, provided both of the following are true:
    • The computer you're migrating to is connected to the Internet
    • You're signed in to the Dropbox desktop app with the same Dropbox account on both computers

The migration is complete when a green circle with a checkmark appears beside the files and folders in the Dropbox folder on your new computer. The Dropbox icon in the taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac) will also say Up to date. You should then see the files and folders on both computers.

During and after the migration

  • The amount of time it takes for the migration to complete depends on the number of files you're migrating, and on the speed of your internet connection (you can control bandwidth as needed)
  • Don't sign out, change settings, or turn off either computer during the migration process (the desktop app can only sync when you're signed in)
  • If you lose Internet access during the migration, Dropbox will simply pause syncing, and resume once you're online again
  • You can check the sync status at any time using the desktop application
  • By default, Dropbox will try to download all of the folders in your account. If there are folders you don't want taking up space on your computer, you can use selective sync to store them only in the cloud. However, you may need to wait until Dropbox has finished its initial sync of your files before the selective sync option becomes available.
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