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Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

torrmundi
Explorer | Level 3

I upgraded my local storage adding a 😧 drive; I then rehomed the Dropbox folder to the 😧 drive.

This resulted in >600GB and more than 4000 files to re-sync, after I maxed out my last months cellular data plan (I live on a sailboat, no WiFi nearby).

I've turned sync off for some of my less important and larger folders - but they are still syncing.

What can I do to limit the amount of my cellular data usage?

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Re: Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

Jay
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Thanks for the image. Ignoring a file or folder is different from using selective sync. 

The former would delete the file from the Dropbox site, and keep it on your computer. The latter would delete the local copy, but keep them on the Dropbox site.

Ignoring a file would still need to sync these changes to the site, so the file is deleted from the site. For larger folders, again this may take a little time for the files to sync.

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Re: Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

Jay
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Hi @torrmundi, thanks for messaging today!

If there are a large number of files being moved, the Dropbox desktop application might need to re-index the folder and sync the files to ensure that they are up to date.

You can restrict the bandwidth speed in the desktop app preferences, however, there isn't a way to directly restrict the amount of data transferred via the app.

There might be other OS settings which can help in relation to this matter.

If you need any further assistance, please let me know!

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Re: Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

torrmundi
Explorer | Level 3

Jay,

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

As you might guess, I'm not happy with my options. And the Dropbox App is very confusing!

- If I select a folder and right click, then select Don't Sync to Dropbox, there is NO indication anything changed.

- If I open Selective Sync (App>click on Icon>Preferences>Sync>Selective Sync), the folder I selected for Don't Sync is enabled for Sync.

- You don't say when or how re-indexing will occur. Can I force it? Right now, the list of files to sync isn't changing (online, sync paused).

 

The bandwidth limit is useful because everything else is fully automatic/broken.

I cannot believe how difficult and badly implemented the sync feature has become.

There should be a very strong warning in the user guide and the offline help about relocating the Dropbox folder, outlining the possible consequences.

 

Re: Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

Jay
Dropboxer
Could you clarify where you're seeing the option 'Don't sync to Dropbox' when you right click?

A screenshot of this would help greatly.

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Re: Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

torrmundi
Explorer | Level 3

Jay,

Open DB app, click on 3 dots (More) for a folder, select Don't sync to dropbox.com

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Re: Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

Jay
Dropboxer
Thanks for the image. Ignoring a file or folder is different from using selective sync. 

The former would delete the file from the Dropbox site, and keep it on your computer. The latter would delete the local copy, but keep them on the Dropbox site.

Ignoring a file would still need to sync these changes to the site, so the file is deleted from the site. For larger folders, again this may take a little time for the files to sync.

Jay
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Re: Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

torrmundi
Explorer | Level 3

Jay,

 

I believe there is a huge issue in showing status of file/folder syncing in Dropbox.

At this point, I have no idea what I’ve turned on/off for syncing to Dropbox - because the interface has NO sync status indications.

- if I remove a file/folder from online sync, it should show something like “online removal pending” until it completes.

- if I have smartsync on for a file/folder, that should be indicated, e.g green SS is smart synced, yellow SS is pending smart sync.

 

Dropbox is so “simplified” right now that it becomes non-informative. I literally cannot determine if things will sync or won’t sync. This is super, super frustrating, to the extent that I’m considering dropping Dropbox! I would literally welcome a better solution with a huge sigh of relief.

 

Re: Changed my local Dropbox drive and now it's syncing 600+ GB!

Jay
Dropboxer
If you've paused the Dropbox desktop application from syncing, then you'll have no sync icons in the desktop app or in Explorer, since it can't connect to the site to determine the file status. 

Once you resume syncing, you'll be able to see if the file is ignored, synced, syncing or with another status.

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