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Sync Files to Dropbox folder take my space at my internal hard drive

Sync Files to Dropbox folder take my space at my internal hard drive

rotemmansano
New member | Level 2

Hi friends from some reason when I move files to the Dropbox folder its takes space

from my internal hard drive instead of syncing it to the Dropbox server. why is that ?

TNX

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Re: Sync Files to Dropbox folder take my space at my internal hard drive

Rich
Super User II

rotemmansano wrote:

from some reason when I move files to the Dropbox folder its takes space from my internal hard drive instead of syncing it to the Dropbox server. why is that ?


It's supposed to. Dropbox is not a cloud-based drive where your files only exist in the cloud. It's a file synchronization service, meant to keep a copy of the data in your local Dropbox folder in sync with the copy in your account online. The Dropbox folder on your local drive is a folder like any other and will take space.

 

If you need to save space on your local drive, then you can remove selected folders using Selective Sync. Just make sure a folder is fully synced before you uncheck it.

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Re: Sync Files to Dropbox folder take my space at my internal hard drive

sulli86
Super User alumni

is this when you are using smart sync on a business account or just a personal account?

Re: Sync Files to Dropbox folder take my space at my internal hard drive

rotemmansano
New member | Level 2

I have a DropBox Plus 

Re: Sync Files to Dropbox folder take my space at my internal hard drive

rotemmansano
New member | Level 2

I have a DropBox Plus 

 

Re: Sync Files to Dropbox folder take my space at my internal hard drive

sulli86
Super User alumni

dropbox plus does not give you Smart Sync, you would need to set up selective sync and select the folders you want on your computer (this is done in dropbox setting), This does not index the offline data though meaning you will not see the folder structure on your computer at all until you allow those files to sync again.

 

If you want to be able to leave everything in the "cloud" and only download the files as needed but see the filenames etc on your computer you would need to upgrade to business standard. 

 

Re: Sync Files to Dropbox folder take my space at my internal hard drive

Rich
Super User II

rotemmansano wrote:

from some reason when I move files to the Dropbox folder its takes space from my internal hard drive instead of syncing it to the Dropbox server. why is that ?


It's supposed to. Dropbox is not a cloud-based drive where your files only exist in the cloud. It's a file synchronization service, meant to keep a copy of the data in your local Dropbox folder in sync with the copy in your account online. The Dropbox folder on your local drive is a folder like any other and will take space.

 

If you need to save space on your local drive, then you can remove selected folders using Selective Sync. Just make sure a folder is fully synced before you uncheck it.

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