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How upload external HD content without download the files on the PC

How upload external HD content without download the files on the PC

cloudres
Explorer | Level 4

 

Hello,

before purchasing a space on DropBox I used for years some external Hard Disks. Now I'd like to upload those files (1 or 2 TBytes) on my DropBox space, but directly on the account by the browser to avoid to copy them on the PC first. Last but not least I'd like to set them directly with "online" view, to avoid that DropBox app will download automatically the files on my computer.

 

Is it possible?

 

I'm just planning this action now, I wanted be sure that I'm going in the right way. 

 

Thanks a lot.

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Re: How upload external HD content without download the files on the PC

Rich
Super User II

@cloudres wrote:

Now I'd like to upload those files (1 or 2 TBytes) on my DropBox space, but directly on the account by the browser to avoid to copy them on the PC first.


Create a new folder and use Selective Sync to remove it from your local computer. Then use the Dropbox website to upload files into that folder. Since the folder doesn't sync to your computer, anything uploaded to it won't take up space on the computer.

 

Later, if you want the files to appear on your local computer without taking up space, add the folder back to your computer (again using Selective Sync) and it will be synced back down as an Online-only folder.

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Re: How upload external HD content without download the files on the PC

Rich
Super User II

@cloudres wrote:

Now I'd like to upload those files (1 or 2 TBytes) on my DropBox space, but directly on the account by the browser to avoid to copy them on the PC first.


Create a new folder and use Selective Sync to remove it from your local computer. Then use the Dropbox website to upload files into that folder. Since the folder doesn't sync to your computer, anything uploaded to it won't take up space on the computer.

 

Later, if you want the files to appear on your local computer without taking up space, add the folder back to your computer (again using Selective Sync) and it will be synced back down as an Online-only folder.

Re: How upload external HD content without download the files on the PC

hello_box11
Explorer | Level 4

It sounds like you can use the dropbox backup feature which should upload the external drive content to dropbox without consuming any disk space.  When you plug in the drive, there is a prompt showing up which can instructs how to set it up. Otherwise, you can find it from the Preference -> Backups -> Manage Backup to set it up.

Re: How upload external HD content without download the files on the PC

Rich
Super User II

@hello_box11 wrote:

It sounds like you can use the dropbox backup feature ...


Yes, that is an option as well, but that also prevents you from interacting with those files in certain ways. You can't modify them through Dropbox (unless you modify the originals and let the backup sync them again) and you can't share those files either. The Backup feature is just that; a backup, and you shouldn't interact with the backup copy of your files.

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