1. Introduction

Since Dropbox and OneDrive for Business are two completely different cloud storage services, their built-in proprietary features differ which creates technical challenges.

For example, transferring comments and version history of Dropbox Paper to Microsoft Word in Microsoft 365 can be a technical hurdle.

Dropbox Paper Demo doc

A migration tool like CloudFuze can help solve or find alternative solutions to such migration challenges.

This guide focuses on Dropbox to OneDrive for Business migration. We have demoed each step to make it easier for you to truly and deeply understand the migration processes.

If you don’t have the time to read the entire guide, swiftly contact our migration team, submit your question, and let us know your migration needs.

2. Dropbox to OneDrive for Business Migration Challenges

Replicating a similar Dropbox for Business usage environment in OneDrive for Business helps companies avoid workflow disruptions when migrating Dropbox to Microsoft 365 (Office 365). However, many IT admins/managers can face technical challenges to do this.

The most complex migration challenges come from Dropbox-specific features such as Dropbox note-taking, Dropbox file transfer, Dropbox password management, and Dropbox document tracking.

Dropbox tools

Since Dropbox collaboration apps are exclusive to the platform, an alternative is required to transform their files into types that are compatible with OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.

Similarly, file extensions (e.g. .dwg) of apps downloaded to Dropbox via Dropbox App Center need to be preserved.

Dropbox app extensions

The second level of migration challenges comes with metadata, internally and externally shared links, file comments and sharing permissions, root and subfolder permissions, and timestamps.

From OneDrive for Business standpoint, ~ ” # % & * : < > ? / \ { | } characters pose a migration challenge as Microsoft 365 doesn’t support these characters for files and folder names.

To maintain all the properties of Dropbox for Business account files when migrating them to OneDrive for Business, and to resolve unsupported characters, a migration tool like CloudFuze plays a crucial role.

3. How Can CloudFuze Work for Your Migration Needs?

At CloudFuze, we understand the pain points of businesses planning to migrate from Dropbox to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. As a company ourselves, we know just how important it is to preserve every minor attribute of data when migrating them.

Our migration tool, CloudFuze X-Change is designed to mitigate real-world problems businesses (small and large) face when migrating cloud data.

By combining features such as sharing permissions and comments transfer, version history and timestamp maintenance, and delta migration with managed migration, we’ve helped businesses migrate successfully.

Capability Managed Migration Regular Migration
Platform Availability
Technical Support Enterprise-Grade Support
Dedicated Migration Manager and Team X
Pre-Migration Analysis X
Project Planning Assistance X
Project Management with IT Teams X
Migration Monitoring and Issue Escalation X
Daily Reporting and Status Updates X
Migration Best Practices Guidance X
End-User Coordination and Support X

One of the important highlights of CloudFuze X-Change is flexibility in deployment. Unlike competitors, we offer you the option to either use CloudFuze X-Change in its SaaS server, in a private server, or deploy it in your own data center.

E.g., one of our top-tier clients, The United States Senate, deployed CloudFuze X-Change as a standalone program in their private data center for fully protecting the sensitivity of the government data when migrating to Microsoft 365.

US Senate case study
Learn more about our US Senate case study here.

Learn about our pricing plans. For the cost estimation of your migration needs, request a quote.

4. Steps To Migrate From Dropbox to OneDrive for Business

Move files from Dropbox to OneDrive for Business by adding Dropbox as the source cloud and OneDrive as the destination, and mapping user accounts between the two clouds. Choosing which features to migrate is equally important.

1. Login and Audit Your Dropbox Account

Before attempting to migrate content from a Dropbox Business account to OneDrive for Business, log in to your Dropbox account and have a good look at the content, and audit it.

For the demo purpose, we shared the screenshot of a demo Dropbox account. Upon successful migration, these files and folders will be migrated to OneDrive for Business account.

Logging into and analyzing Dropbox account

2. Create a CloudFuze Account

Go to CloudFuze webapp to create a free CloudFuze account. CloudFuze offers a limited trial for business users to test the service.

Alternatively, you can request an enterprise trial if you would like to test all of its capabilities and true performance.

You may even request a demo where our business migration teams walk you through the product and give a live demo.

Create and log into CloudFuze account

3. Add Your Dropbox for Business Account to CloudFuze

Click on the Dropbox logo that you can see listed in the business clouds section. Avoid adding Dropbox from the personal clouds list as this is a multi-user business migration.

Add Dropbox to CloudFuze

4. Enter Dropbox Account’s Admin Credentials

Enter your company’s Dropbox for Business admin login credentials and click on the Sign-in button.

Log into Dropbox

5. Now, Add OneDrive for Business

Search for OneDrive for Business logo and click on it. 

Add OneDrive for Business to CloudFuze

6.  Authorize OneDrive for Business Account

Enter your OneDrive for Business/Office 365 admin login details and click on the Next button.

Authorize OneDrive for Business

7. Provide OneDrive for Business Access

CloudFuze requires access to your OneDrive for a Business account to map data and transfer it. Review all the permissions if you would like and then provide access. 

Grant CloudFuze ODFB access

8. Check Whether Clouds Are Added

Click on the Clouds icon and go to the Manage Clouds tab. Check if you can see both Dropbox for Business and OneDrive for Business accounts.

Check added clouds