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How to store then delete for space?

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Trying to free upspace on my computer, can I upload large files to dropbox, then delete them off my computers hardrive for storage? its not letting me do that it says I need more disk/storage space. Im trying to put files here and delete them from my computer for space.

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Re: How to store then delete for space?

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Super User II

If you're placing the files in the Dropbox folder on your computer, then you'll need enough available space on your hard drive to hold those files while they upload. Once uploaded, you can use Selective Sync to remove the local copy of whatever folder they're stored in.

If you don't have enough space on your local drive to start, then you'll need to upload files using the Dropbox website. Create a folder in your account and use Selective Sync to prevent it from syncing to your computer. Then use the website to upload files directly to that folder, and they won't sync back to your computer.

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Re: How to store then delete for space?

Super User II
Super User II

If you're placing the files in the Dropbox folder on your computer, then you'll need enough available space on your hard drive to hold those files while they upload. Once uploaded, you can use Selective Sync to remove the local copy of whatever folder they're stored in.

If you don't have enough space on your local drive to start, then you'll need to upload files using the Dropbox website. Create a folder in your account and use Selective Sync to prevent it from syncing to your computer. Then use the website to upload files directly to that folder, and they won't sync back to your computer.

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Re: How to store then delete for space?

Super User II
Super User II

Yes, you can do that, but, they need to upload first and uploading takes up space (usually 2x the size of the file). 

Once they are then uploaded you can use Selective Sync to remove them locally. 

A work around could be to create a folder now. Then Selective Sync it off the device after it gets a green tick and upload things via the website to it. That way it wont download to the machine. Note - make sure the files are not too large to timeout/fail AND that you check they've uploaded correctly before deleting original. 


 


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