This article - How to use computer backup - shows how to turn off computer backup in Dropbox correctly.
But it doesn't say if we can then delete the My Mac folder from within Dropbox.
I turned the feature on but am feeling unsure about it now. It's still synchronizing apparently. And I got a message from Dropbox saying my disk was running short of space. Sure enough when I checked in the Finder it seems my disk space had dropped from 80 GB to about 16 GB. Currently it's 13.15 GB. Why is the backup process taking up so much space?
Is there a way I can turn it off safely and just get rid of all the extra space it's apparently using and go back to the way it was before I turned it on?
I decided to turn off computer backup, leaving the synced folders on my computer - not on DropBox. It was just making me too nervous. Some things I've noticed since turning it off:
All very confusing. I hope it just finishes up and I can forget about the feature.
This morning space on my computer is still just around 22.3 GB. I'm getting lots of "files deleted" messages now with apparently over 900,000 to go.
And the folders are no longer appearing on my devices.
I'm glad I turned this off. It's way too confusing.
Plus I saw 100s of sync errors because of "incompatible characters." Everything with a filename in Japanese wouldn't back up! I never have a problem with that in just the regular Dropbox folder.
Update (maybe some people in a similar situation will find my thread useful)...
The My Mac folder seems to be gone from my iPhone, but is still on my iPad.
It doesn't appear to be in the Dropbox folder on my Mac though. Or on my iPhone.
Oh way - if I leave the folder hierarchy on my iPad and go to the list of all the files in Dropbox the My Mac folder really isn't there.
Quite confusing. I'll wait and see what happens after all the syncing messages go away.
Hey there @douglerner, thanks for keeping us in the loop - let's see what we can do on this.
When you enable computer backup, your computer folders will be added to your Dropbox folder, which will take up space on your account.
However, since you mention that you turned the feature off, could you let me know if you chose to Keep content in folders on this Mac or Leave content in Dropbox?
Give me a nudge when you get the chance to checked this out, thanks!
Hello. I chose to leave files and folder on my Mac when turning it off.
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