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Shared files after death, etc

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If I share a folder with Fred, with full edit access; and then I die and my wife wipes my computer clean; will Fred be able to continue to have and use that data? Will it continue to have the same Dropbox link address?

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Re: Shared files after death, etc

Dropboxer

I'll let one of the experts jump in here as well since this isn't my area... But, if the computer is wiped but the Dropbox folder was not emptied before the wipe, then any files in that folder that had synced online would remain online.  The system would note that the online files are unable to sync at some point, and may try to notify the now ex-you. 

 

To clear the online shared files and folders, one would have to intentionally delete the files and folders from your local Dropbox folder and sync to bring the online in line with the local folder.... or at least I believe that is the case. Like I said, not my area... but  just wiping the computer isn't going to impact the online storage or shared content. 

 

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Re: Shared files after death, etc

Collaborator | Level 8

Thanks Rob. Maybe I should clarify that we are looking for a way for "Fred" to be able to continue keeping the files & folders, indefinitely.

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Re: Shared files after death, etc

Dropboxer

As long as the account remains active, the shared links would persist.  If the account were eventually deactivated for any reason, the links would cease to be available.  

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Collaborator | Level 8

Thanks Rob. Would it be possible for Fred to "adopt" those files into his own Dropbox account and keep them when I and my account are defunct?

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Re: Shared files after death, etc

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Hey @Tom V

When the time comes (hopefully long from now winking face), Fred can copy the entire contents of the shared folder into a new folder in his account.

If Fred is notified of the unfortunate event, he can do this right away, before your wife wipes your computer. 

Keep in mind that if she deleted your Dropbox content in your local Dropbox folder, your computer will need to still be linked to your account online, in order for that content to be deleted from the cloud too. If you have excluded any folders from syncing to your account (using Selective Sync), that content would have to be deleted while logged in online. 

If you want your wife to delete your Dropbox account completely, take a look here https://www.dropbox.com/help/security/delete-account, or go directly to our account deletion tool here https://www.dropbox.com/account/delete. NOTE: Deleting a Dropbox Basic, Plus, or Professional account can not be undone.

If she takes no action, we will delete your account automatically after one year of inactivity. 

I hope this helps.
Cheers! 
 
 
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