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    I just had a similar need of accessing Dropbox (to see what I have there before I remove the account) and booted my old work laptop to do this.

    It’s encrypted and not using ext4… I however ended up picking a different solution that allowed me to still run their client. I simply made a new 10 GB file, formatted it as ext4 and mounted over loopback and pointed Dropbox at the mountpoint.

    Just takes a few steps:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=~/dropbox.img bs=1M count=10240
    mkfs.ext4 ~/dropbox.img
    sudo mount -o loop ~/dropbox.img ~/Dropbox
    sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/Dropbox

    and just start up Dropbox, the changes are transparent for it.