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How can you sync to your Dropbox but not have Dropbox delete any files ever?

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How can you sync to your Dropbox but not have Dropbox delete any files ever?

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Hi guys,

 

I'm having a hard time strategizing the future system/process I'm envisioning using Dropbox as a storage place for all the files I want to have "archived" but don't necessarily need constant and immediate access to.  I think the general direction is to probably not use any sync features, as sync/backup typically deletes files you delete in the local folder.  Instead, I just want to "sync" in one direction only (to the Dropbox cloud).  So, for example, with my photos - I want to keep a continuous running archive of all photo/video media that would reside locally in 1 or 2 folders.  I want to periodically "sync" that (manually is totally fine) to Dropbox.  I want to leave a buffer of more recent photos in that local folder, but when it exceeds a certain size limit on my local hard drive, I want to delete the oldest photos and videos to free up local drive space.  I do NOT want it to delete any of the photos on the Dropbox archive.  I'm hoping I'd be able to "sync" the photos over to Dropbox in an easy way that just saves the new items and doesn't attempt to overwrite all the duplicates.  

 

Anyone have a good process for this??  Thanks!

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Re: How can you sync to your Dropbox but not have Dropbox delete any files ever?

Dropboxer

Hi @Montiesz, thanks for posting on the Community!

 

As you’re aware, Dropbox is primarily a syncing service, which includes file deletion. There isn’t a way to prevent files from being deleted when using the Dropbox desktop application and to allow only uploads.

 

The only method would be to upload files to the Dropbox site directly, however, it might be possible to create an app using the Dropbox API to automate this for you.

 

I’ll leave this thread open for other users to comment and share their ideas!


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Re: How can you sync to your Dropbox but not have Dropbox delete any files ever?

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OK, thanks!  Yeah, that's kind of what I thought.  Is it possible to just sync certain folders only in the normal way but use the browser interface to do like I was describing for just my pictures and videos?

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Re: How can you sync to your Dropbox but not have Dropbox delete any files ever?

Dropboxer

It isn't possible to filter it by file type, however, you could use selective sync to prevent entire folders from downloading to your machine, keeping them on the site only.

 

This way, you could upload to the site, without them then syncing down to that machine. Bear in mind that selective sync settings are device specific, so you'd need to uncheck that folder on all machines you use.

 

I do give an example on how Dropbox can be used as an online backup using a similar method here, if you're interested in trying that out.


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