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Re: Automatically upload folders without syncing a local copy

Automatically upload folders without syncing a local copy

oshri3
Explorer | Level 4

Hi 

i am a photographer and i have a lot of images that i am tkaing every day

and i would like an automation backup that will upload all my files to dropbox without sync it to my local computer and than i would like to be able to delete them 

the reson is becuase i would like to keep my storage clean 

so i can backup it to dropbox and than delete them 

is it possible?

the problem is that dropbox app sync all my dropbox folder to my local computer 

 

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Re: Automatically upload folders without syncing a local copy

Rich
Super User II

Remember that Dropbox is not a backup service. It's a file synchronization service meant to keep a copy of the files on your computer in-sync with a copy online and on other devices. It is not a proper backup service and shouldn't be used as one. There are far better services out there if backup is your only purpose.

Also, Selective Sync is a feature that is available to all account levels, even the free Basic accounts. Smart Sync is the feature that is available to Professional and Business accounts.

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Re: backup folders

Mark
Super User II
I'm afraid not - certainly not automatically anyway.

Dropbox isnt a backup tool and so it lacks the functionality that would come with a backup program.

 


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Re: Automatically upload folders without syncing a local copy

Sanchez
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Hey @oshri3, welcome to our community! 

Like Mark mentioned, there isn’t an automatic way of doing what you’re looking to do. However, once you get your photos uploaded into your Dropbox, you can use our Selective Sync feature to prevent them from syncing to your computer.
 
With Selective Sync you can choose which of your folders you want to sync to your computer, while all your content remains available online at dropbox.com. More details here
 
Cheers! 

Sanchez
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Automatically upload folders without syncing a local copy

oshri3
Explorer | Level 4

it is bad that dropbox doesn't have this feature , for me automuated uploader is basic utililty for using dropbox as backup of my coputer

for this Selective sync that you mention this option is open for buisnes members only , and i am uisng the Standard 

Re: Automatically upload folders without syncing a local copy

Rich
Super User II

Remember that Dropbox is not a backup service. It's a file synchronization service meant to keep a copy of the files on your computer in-sync with a copy online and on other devices. It is not a proper backup service and shouldn't be used as one. There are far better services out there if backup is your only purpose.

Also, Selective Sync is a feature that is available to all account levels, even the free Basic accounts. Smart Sync is the feature that is available to Professional and Business accounts.

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Re: Automatically upload folders without syncing a local copy

lizzbe78
New member | Level 2

Then it is utterly useless as anything except an enterprise solution. I have files on various storage drives which I need to efficiently upload to the cloud, but with DropBox I cannot achieve that (despite setting up all of the sync options, etc it has literally just decimated my brand new macbook pro storage). Literally: What. Is. The. Point. A synchronisation service? Whoopdidoo. If I need a file I can literally log onto the web portal and edit it there, just like Google Drive and Amazon Drive. No-one has excessive GB and TB free space on their local device. It is utterly reductive as a commercial solution without an effective way to upload whilst not killing your very expensive devices.

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