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Local or Cloud which has priority?

Local or Cloud which has priority?

Dyonysios
Explorer | Level 4
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Hello,

 

Newbie here, I searched for quite a while but can't seem to find an answer. I have created a Dropbox account and downloaded the app to my work PC and my laptop.  I understand in the basic plan I can add up to 3 devices. What I need to know is, which version of my files will it consider the "master"? So for example I'm working on my PC and I add and delete some files. Or I edit and update.  These will then sync to the Cloud and my work will be saved.  Then I leave the office, come home and open my laptop. My laptop now has a different set of files than the cloud. What will Dropbox do? Match the cloud to what is on my laptop or match my laptop to what is in the cloud?  Say I then delete a bunch of files while in my laptop, will it delete those files from the cloud AND my PC or will it see that both the cloud and my PC have those files, the laptop doesn't, and so want to download the files again into my laptop?  4

 

Hope I'm making sense! Would really appreciate if someone can explain this to me.  Cheers!

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Здравко
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@Dyonysios wrote:

... What will Dropbox do? Match the cloud to what is on my laptop or match my laptop to what is in the cloud? ...


Hi @Dyonysios,

The correct answer is the files on your laptop that differ will get updated to what's on cloud (cloud files are newer in particular case). I believe based on this, you can deduce for the rest. 😉

Hope this helps.

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Здравко
Legendary | Level 20
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@Dyonysios wrote:

... What will Dropbox do? Match the cloud to what is on my laptop or match my laptop to what is in the cloud? ...


Hi @Dyonysios,

The correct answer is the files on your laptop that differ will get updated to what's on cloud (cloud files are newer in particular case). I believe based on this, you can deduce for the rest. 😉

Hope this helps.

Dyonysios
Explorer | Level 4
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Hi @Здравко

Thanks for replying. If I understood you correctly you're saying it will look for the most recent changes and treat those as final. This makes some sense. Thanks

 

Jay
Dropbox Staff
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Hi @Dyonysios, the way the syncing process works is that the app detects if there are any changes on the site when compared to the machine, and vice versa. It then syncs the changes to and from the site and machine. 

 

If you have any more queries, feel free to message back!


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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