Just a note in case anyone is having this problem. I have been a Dropbox user for many years without a problem. Then, four days ago, Dropbox released a new Windows Client to support the new syncing upgrades. I have a total of about 100GB in my Dropbox account, and I instructed Dropbox to download about 5 GB of this to my hard drive.
Since that time, Dropbox has been syncing like crazy, and I got a note from Comcast today that I am using about 500 GB per day of data traffic. I immediately brought up Windows Task manager, and I noticed that Dropbox was using about 200MB/s of bandwidth.
I have uninstalled Dropbox, and the situation seems to have resolved itself.
Thank you for your offer of help.
The version of Dropbox is 75.3.115.
The symlinks command in the article you referenced returned that every file in c:\Dropbox is a symlink. This is probably because I uninstalled Dropbox.
So I reinstalled Dropbox and tried to sync everything again. It just spins forever and says it is trying to sync one file. Clearly the new version of the Dropbox client didn't go through very much testing, because it just doesn't work at all.
I really can't risk file loss, so I'll have to look for another solution.
Just to be clear, I never had any symlinks. That was entirely something you imagined. I have always stored all of my files in the Dropbox folder.
I uninstalled the Dropbox app and renamed the Dropbox folder to Dropbox.old. Then I turned off Early Releases and downloaded the Dropbox app again. Now the version is 74.4.115, which I hope is a stable version.
Taking care to accept only the defaults, and not to change any folders to not be synced at all in Preferences, Dropbox has now recreated the Dropbox folder and synced all the files online-only. The status is now up-to-date, with the usual green check-mark.
Just as a caution to others, there is clearly something seriously wrong with the new Windows sync client. For my part, I am going to keep a very close eye on the bandwidth and investigate other solutions.
You mentioned that every file within the folder was a symlink file. It’s not possible for the desktop app to create symlinks itself, as the desktop app doesn’t have the functionality to create (or work with) symlinks. When you uninstall the desktop app from your device, the Dropbox folder isn't changed in any way and remains on your computer as any other folder.
The symlinks command in the article you referenced returned that every file in c:\Dropbox is a symlink. This is probably because I uninstalled Dropbox
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