1. Introduction

Is your company planning to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive? CloudFuze offers an easy and quick migration that not only transfers files but also sharing permissions and Dropbox-specific features.

In this guide, we will preview how CloudFuze’s migration tool helps businesses move from Dropbox to OneDrive.

Note: This article discusses Dropbox to Microsoft 365 (OneDrive for Business migration). If you are a consumer user of Dropbox planning to migrate content to a consumer OneDrive account, please refer to this video guide.

If you are an IT admin exploring ways to migrate data from Dropbox to OneDrive, continue reading this guide or watch the migration video:.

Alternatively, you can contact our migration team for a trial account, personalized demo, or price quote.

2. Migrate Dropbox to OneDrive: Challenges During Business Migration

Dropbox to OneDrive migration for businesses is more complex than personal requirements. The complexity not only has got to do with data volume but also with the intricacies of data attributes.

Businesses can also face challenges outside of the migration environment, ones associated with documentation and commercials.

Challenges within the migration processes

Adhering to the limitations in OneDrive for Business comes as the first level of challenge for IT admins to move files from Dropbox to OneDrive.

When migrating Dropbox data to OneDrive for Business, it’s important to make sure that the files and folder names do not include these characters: ~ ” # % & * : < > ? / \ { | }

OneDrive for Business doesn’t support specific file/folder names as well:
Unsupported Microsoft characters
Source: Microsoft

Also, OneDrive for Business can’t have more than 400 characters in file paths.

The second level of challenge within the migration processes comes with migrating features that are specific to Dropbox such as Dropbox Paper.

Advanced challenges to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive:
Migrating sharing permissions
Migrating embedded links
Migrating internal and external shares
Migrating timestamps
Migrating comments
Migrating version history

Challenges outside of the migration environment

Many businesses also face challenges that aren’t directly associated with migration processes. These types of challenges can occur during onboarding discussions involving risk assessments, legal processes, and, indeed, commercials.

It’s crucial for SMBs and enterprises to choose a migration platform that is flexible enough to overcome all types of potential challenges.

3. CloudFuze Offers Bespoke Migration Solutions

With bespoke migration solutions, CloudFuze helps SMBs and enterprises movdata from Dropbox to OneDrive and SharePoint Online while catering to every specific need.

As a cloud migration platform, CloudFuze offers infrastructural flexibility, such as allocating private SaaS servers, performing the entire migration in the client’s data center, and facilitating multiple incremental migrations on request, and more.

CloudFuze’s infrastructural features

And as a B2B client-focused company, CloudFuze can adapt to the changing needs of businesses during product demos, migration project realization, risk assessment, legal processes, commercials, and final onboarding.

4. CloudFuze’s Dropbox to OneDrive Migration Features:

  • One-time & delta (incremental) migration
  • Dropbox version history migration with selective versions
  • Root file, root folder, and subfolder permissions migration
  • Dropbox shared links and external shares migration
  • Preservation of file timestamps

5. How To Migrate Dropbox to OneDrive For Transferring All Features

Transfer files from Dropbox to OneDrive by adding both clouds, authenticating them, mapping user accounts, and choosing all the features and metadata to migrate. After the one-time migration is complete, initiate delta migration to transfer all the incremental changes.

Step 1: Create a CloudFuze Account

You need a CloudFuze account to migrate files from Dropbox to OneDrive. Request a free trial account and access CloudFuze migration dashboard.

CloudFuze offers a limited free trial account for IT admins to let them test the platform and its features.
Create and log into CloudFuze account

Step 2: Add Dropbox Account to CloudFuze

CloudFuze requires your company’s Dropbox and OneDrive (Microsoft 365) accounts added and authorized to facilitate migration.

Click on the Dropbox logo in the business clouds list. Then, a pop-up appears where you need to enter the Dropbox admin credentials.

Note: Only admin accounts have the required permissions to migrate from Dropbox to OneDrive.

Add Dropbox to CloudFuze

Step 3: Enter Dropbox Admin Login Credentials

Enter the Dropbox admin login credentials and click on the “Sign-in” button.
Log into Dropbox

Step 4: Add OneDrive for Business Account

To migrate Dropbox to OneDrive, you also need to add your company’s OneDrive for Business account to CloudFuze.

Note: OneDrive doesn’t have separate login information. You need to use your company’s Microsoft 365 admin login details.

Add OneDrive for Business to CloudFuze

Step 5: Enter the Microsoft 365 Login Credentials

Enter the login credentials and click on the Next button.
 Log into Microsoft 365

Step 6: Authorize Microsoft 365 and Grant Permissions

Click on the “Accept” button to complete the Authorization process. Please note that CloudFuze requires this access to map and migrate data from Dropbox to OneDrive. The authentication happens via OAuth protocol and the entire migration is carried out via API calls.
Authorize Microsoft 365

Step 7: Check the Added Clouds

Head to the “Manage Clouds” section and see if you can find both Dropbox and OneDrive for Business accounts added. If added, the next step is to move files from Dropbox to OneDrive.

If you find a cloud missing, it means the cloud authorization process failed. You need to re-do the cloud addition process until it appears under the Manage Clouds tab.

Check added clouds

Step 8: Click on the Team Migration

Click on the “Team Migration” icon on the left. This will initiate the process to transfer Dropbox to OneDrive. Please keep in mind that you need to configure a few options to start the actual Dropbox to OneDrive file transfer.
Choose Team migration

Step 9: Select Source and Destination Cloud Accounts

To transfer files from Dropbox to OneDrive, you need to select Dropbox as the source cloud account and OneDrive for Business as the destination cloud account.
Select source and destination clouds

Step 10: Map Users for Migration

Click on the “Auto-map” button to map users in the Dropbox and OneDrive accounts based on their usernames.
Auto-mapping users

Step 11:  Select Dropbox Users to Migrate

CloudFuze offers two ways of pairing Dropbox and OneDrive users and preparing them for migration. One is Auto-map, and the other is CSV mapping. Auto-map, as the name suggests, automatically pairs users in source and destination accounts based on their username/email alias.

This feature saves a lot of time for IT admins as it can sync thousands of users in a matter of a few seconds.

On the downside, usernames must match exactly. Besides, it doesn’t allow customized user data migrations.
Manually choosing users

Step 12: Migrate Dropbox to OneDrive with CSV mapping

CSV method allows IT admins to copy files from Dropbox to OneDrive between users of their preference. IT admins can migrate the content of ‘user A’ to ‘user B’ or any other such combinations based on their business needs.

The CSV method offers the flexibility that Auto-map lacks.

Manual mapping with CSV

Step 13: Select Users and Proceed With Migration

As a part of the demo, a single user has been selected whose data will be migrated from Dropbox to OneDrive.
User selection

Step 14: Configure a Final Few Migration Options

CloudFuze offers a bunch of options that IT admins can choose such as migration job name, migration job type, additional notifications, etc.

Configure the final options and then click on the “Next” button.
Configuring final options

Step 15:  Start the Dropbox to OneDrive Migration

Preview the migration and click on the “Start Migration” button if everything looks good.

The system will then move files from Dropbox to OneDrive.
Start migration

Step 16: Files Are Being Copied

CloudFuze dashboard displays the status of the migration as “In Progress” while Dropbox files are being migrated over to OneDrive.
Migration progress status

Step 17: Dropbox to OneDrive File Transfer Is Completed

Once all the files in the Dropbox account are migrated to OneDrive, CloudFuze displays the status as “Completed.”

You now can log into your OneDrive for Business account and audit the content for migration accuracy. Besides, CloudFuze generates a migration report with details of each and every file or folder that is migrated.
Migration completion

6. Dropbox to OneDrive Migration Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much data can CloudFuze transfer?

CloudFuze can transfer an unlimited size of data and an unlimited number of users from Dropbox to OneDrive. We helped several enterprises and universities with thousands of users and petabytes of data.

2. Is it possible to add changes after initiating the process to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive?

Making changes or adding new requirements after the initiation of the migration can be complex in many cases. This is because making changes during the live data transfer process can raise the risk of migration disruption.

It’s best to plan beforehand. But depending on the type of requirement, CloudFuze may manage provisions to make sure the entire migration is performed as needed.

3. What is the speed of migration?

The throughput of migration depends upon several factors such as the size of data, no. of files, the average size of files. Roughly, CloudFuze transfers a few TBs per week. Please contact our migration team for a more accurate migration timeline.

4. Does the server location affect migration speed?

Not necessarily. However, bandwidth throttling can affect migration speed. In order to keep the risk of bandwidth throttling-related migration disruption at bay, it’s important to adhere to the waiting time set by cloud service providers.

5. Where are CloudFuze’s data centers located?

CloudFuze data centers are located in the United States. CloudFuze is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.

6. Is CloudFuze Secure?

CloudFuze is highly secure. CloudFuze is one of the world’s leading enterprise-focused platforms to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive. Read more about CloudFuze’s security. Several large enterprises including government agencies have been using CloudFuze for their data migration needs.

7. How to migrate Dropbox Papers to OneDrive?

CloudFuze migrates Dropbox Papers in Microsoft Word document format. Since Dropbox Papers is a feature exclusive to Dropbox, it cannot be migrated to the destination cloud in the exact format.

8. Will Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets created in Dropbox be migrated to OneDrive?

All Google files, including Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets created in Dropbox will be migrated as respective Microsoft files, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel.

9. How to reflect incremental changes on OneDrive?

To transfer incremental changes made on Dropbox files to OneDrive, CloudFuze’s delta migration will work. CloudFuze can make multiple delta migrations available at clients’ requests.

10. How much does it cost to use CloudFuze tool to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive?

The price is based on the number of users and the size of the data. Reach out to our migration team for a price quote.

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