Hello Dropbox Community, Thanks in advance for those willing to read through my issues and more thanks to those who can give advice. I will attempt to explain in enough detail the issues. I'm using MacbookPro macOS Big Sur v11.4. I also use VMware 12.2.1 with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 bit for one windows based application. My Mac desktop and computer is is viewable and accessible through my VM using windows. NO files are store in windows. ALL files are on my Mac. I have been using Dropbox for a number of years but only for shared files between friends accessible on the web with icon in Mac my menu bar. It's worked well until now. I also have a Dropbox icon in Finder menu. Nothing on my desktop. Recently I must have received a prompt for syncing/backup and I responded thinking it wouldn't hurt, and be additional to my existing backupdrive...my bad. It has caused heaps of problems; Dropbox began syncing all my files and of course I had too many files for Dropbox basic. So after the warning message I paused the Sync (via the icon in the Mac Menubar). Logging into Dropbox via the web I could see all the files (in a newly created folder by Dropbox, not me!) and deleted them, thinking they were a duplicate. I discovered that my desktop was missing a whole heap of files. I knew I couldn't resume the syncing as I would need to pay for more space and I didn't want to do either. So I went to my Mac Time Machine backup and restored what I could, knowing I would have to live with losing some files over the few days since it all began. I am unsure if there are other files missing as the sync/backup (whatever it was doing) appeared to be very random - odd files from odd folders. I thought all was resolved until I went to open my VM - Windows would not open. I discovered the filepath was via Dropbox (?!?!?!) and since I had deleted the files it couldn't be found. Arghhh! I have managed to reload windows, however I can't see my Macbook desktop anymore, hence can't open my application or files. This problem remains and once my issues with Dropbox are resolved I will most likely need to reload VMware and Windows. But Dropbox issues still remain. Even though syncing has been paused, I have discovered that Dropbox via FINDER seems to be where ALL my Macbook files live - not on my hard drive? (See image attached) It shows in Dropbox as My Mac (Elizabeths-Macbook-Pro.local) in FINDER. Every time I add a document to the desktop, it appears in Dropbox via FINDER. What I would like to do is remove Dropbox from FINDER - ensuring my files revert to their original place in my file structure which I would think should be Macintosh HD. There is a screen shot showing current contents of Macintosh HD with folders; Desktop, Documents & Download, showing as locked (these were the folders originally checked for dropbox syncing via web but are now unchecked). To prepare I have copied all my Desktop files & folders and also all files & folders in ‘Documents’ onto a separate drive. (I also have regular Time Machine backups.) Any help to resolve this would be very, very appreciated.Dropbox via the WebDropbox on my Computer via FinderMacintosh HD on my Computer via Finder
Hi @Ganache, thanks for bringing this to our attention.
It sounds like you enabled the automatic computer backup feature in the Dropbox desktop application. Could you first try disabling the computer backup from Dropbox using the steps in the above article to see if this helps?
Afterwards, you'll get the option to move the folders and files back to their previous locations, which will also delete them from the Dropbox account online.
I appreciate your help. I read the instructions on how to 'Turn off Backup' but my screen doesn't seem to follow the instructions?
Attached are screenshots showing;
Backup screen - I'm assuming it's NOT setup to backup?
then after clicking on Backup screen Set up button - I unchecked all the boxes, but when I go back in the boxes are still checked???
If it is that Dropbox is not backing up, then how do I disconnect my mac from dropbox and get back to before ie no Dropbox showing in finder?
This whole thing has caused problems with my VM as the pathway was through Dropbox and I must have deleted the windows file. I want to get back to before Dropbox inserted itself in file paths.
I'm thinking that after I sort the Dropbox backup and remove Dropbox app (? assuming that will restore old file paths) that I restore ALL my files and apps from 6 Jan (before the first dropbox file delete). But if I Dropbox started backing up before 6 Jan, would that restore Dropbox too? I feel like I'm in a time loop with all this! This is all making me very upset. It's so hard to sort this over messages. Is there anyway to find out when Dropbox backup started?