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How can I stop a shared folder from taking up space on my account?

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How can I stop a shared folder from taking up space on my account?

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I have a personal dropbox account, I have no need for a business account as I don't back things up.  I have someone sharing a folder with me, which is all good and well, EXCEPT their folder is taking up space in MY dropbox, which quite frankly I think is a bit rude, as it is taking up "space" in their folder and obviously the 5 other users, when it is actually a shared folder, so can only assume it is really only taking space in one location in the cloud.

 

Having said that, I don't have space in my personal folder to store all theirs, nor do I want to.  I don't have the need to edit, modify, change, move or anything.  I read that if a link was shared, THEN this would be removed from my folder....well, that has not happened and I have still got this stupid folder using up all my space.

 

How can I remove these files, and still have access to them from the cloud without using all my personal space?  AND NO....I do NOT need to buy new space, I do NOT want to use dropbox for storage.....

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Dropboxer

Hi @babyblues, thanks for messaging today!

 

As you've discovered, your Dropbox quota is calculated based on the total contents of your Dropbox, which includes shared folders.

 

As every member of a shared folder can add and modify the files in the shared folder, the shared folder takes up space in each member's account. This policy exists to prevent people from giving themselves unlimited space by stacking accounts and shared folders.

 

You can remove the shared folder from your account and then ask the owner of the folder to create a shared link to the folder, so that you can access it from the site without needing a Dropbox account.

 

Hope this helps!


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


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