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How to move photos and files out of dropbox and on to my PC

How to move photos and files out of dropbox and on to my PC

Larry M.
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I recently set up my Ipad and Iphone to upload photos to my dropbox account. This has resulted in my dropbox account being full. I do not need all of these photos backed up in dropbox nor do I need to access them from my dropbox account. I would like to move them to a folder on my Pc (running Vista). That way they will be available in the future should I need them, but will not be taking up space in my dropbox account. But I can't figure out how to do this. In the help knowledge base it tells my how to remove them from dropbox, but then says this does not remove them from my account. So bottom line. How does one reduce the number of photos (files) to allow future uploads to Dropbox? The photos are also in the carousel?

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Carol M.4
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To remove files from dropbox and save to your local or other storage drive in Windows 10, here's what worked for me. Find the folder you want to detach from dropbox, right click on the folder & select download. When the info pop up box at the bottom of the says it's finished downloading click "Open".this takes you to "This PC>Downloads>your file folder name. Right click on your file folder & drag it to where you want to store it. Then you can go back to dropbox & delete it from there. It's taken me months to figure this out in windows 10. Hope it saves someone else some time. 

Ajit M.1
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Bingo, it works, kudos to you for windows 10

John B.234
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I foolishly enabled automatic camera uploads and several hundred photos were synced to my camera uploads folder from my iPad, and now my Dropbox is full.  My impression is that there is no way of freeing up space by deleting these photos without simultaneously deleting them from my iPad, which I do not want to do.  I have searched online but nobody will confirm or deny this, and now I feel I have put all my photos at risk.  Dropbox obviously would prefer me to pay for additional space rather than freeing up space in my existing account, but I do not want extra space.  Can some kind person please set my mind at rest.  If I delete the contents of my Camera Uploads folder, will that automatically delete them from the device they came from, and if so, is there any way of preventing this from happening?  I am quite happy to abandon Dropbox completely, but leaving the photos up there seems too risky - not because Condoleeza Rice might look at them (thank you rp b) but because Dropbox might reach out in some way and delete them from my devices.  (Yes, I know, I'm paranoid - but why shouldn't this happen?)

Sherry L.4
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Hi John B.

Go to your Dropbox folder on your computer. Make sure all of the pics/docs that you want to keep are still there. Then, Go to the folder where you usually put all of your photos on your hard drive (PC or Mac) and make a sub folder called whatever you want like: my dropbox keepers, or whatever. Mine is just "Pictures>DB" on my mac. If you are running windows, then probably MyPhotos>Dropbox keepers. Just name it anything you like.

1. go back to Dropbox folder, select all>copy

2. go to the new folder you just created on your harddrive, highlight the folder name>paste.

Now you can delete everything from Dropbox cloud. I highly recommend that you do a few test samples of photos you don't care about.

Good luck!

Sherry

 

Aracely B.
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I am running into the same problem a few of you had. My sister uploaded over 1000 photos into a sharing folder I had created a long time ago and so I ran out of space quite quickly. She has a TB so has no problems, I on the other hand only have 7.5gb. I received an email from DB indicating that it was no longer syncing any of the files. 

Any who, I tried the download folder option suggested by Carol M on Dec 7 with no avail. A blank file ("unspecified") was the only thing that was downloaded. I then tried Sherry L's suggestion posted on Jan 14 and that did not work either. I am also on Win 10. When I tried to copy via the keyboard shortcut, it didn't work. I tried the copy option from DB but all it does is suggest an alternate folder to copy files to. 

The question remains, how can we pull out all these files/photos out of dropbox given that it is not syncing with my PC or phone? 

Amy K.9
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Same problem as Aracely B:  On a new Windows 10 computer, trying to download photo and video files, I keep getting the download dialog box that "unspecified" is finished downloading, all 1KB of it. Nothing there.  Copy also suggests an alternate folder in the ether, no chance to copy to PC.

 

Help?

Kay C.1
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I was having trouble getting dropbox files copied from dropbox onto my computer hard drive. A suggestion made by Sherry L. did it. I had been trying to copy them out of the dropbox on my web browser, which didn't work. When I opened dropbox on my computer I was able to copy them and paste them into a folder on my hard drive. I have Windows 7.

Thanks!

이지현
New member | Level 1
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Here's what you should do:

1. Right click on the folder in your dropbox.

2. Click Open.

--> Then the files (.jpg, .txt, .pdf, etc.) in the dropbox folder will open in your computer

3. Cut or copy what's been opened in your computer to the folders in your pc / mac.

Calvin H.
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I CON'T CARE IF THEY BRING BACK GANDHI TO THE BOARD!  DROPBOX SUX ON WINDOWS TEN BECAUSE FILES ARE HELD HOSTAGE THERE!  Pathetic that Condaleza Rice can't tell them to keep up with the Operating System times!!!\\BOOOOOOOO!!!

HIIIIISSSSSSSSS!!!

EL STINKO!  Back tio thumb drives and the sneakernet!!!

Natalie P.
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Could someone please advise how to do this if the photos folder doesn't show up in the PC files? All my photos are on carousel but I can't find a way to download them - there is no download option other than going through each of the pictures one at a time - I have several hundred pics on there so not exactly ideal. There is also no folder in my DB interface that shows all my photos, only a separate one called 'camera downloads' which doesn't have all the photos in.

So if anyone can help with moving pics from Carousel to another cloud I'd really love to hear from you! Thanks 🙂

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