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Out of disk space on my Mac, so trying to reconfigure. Need help!

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I am a business user and files that are added by my colleagues are saving to my hard drive. I need to free up space but don't want to delete any files that might belong to a coworker. I had selective sync setup for folders I don't need as often, but I need to clean it up even further. As I was doing that last night, I ran out of disk space all together and am now stuck. I've removed the dropbox app from my laptop and was thinking I should remove all of the local files as well (seems the only way would be to start fresh). 

Can I delete all of the files without it syncing and deleting shared files on the cloud (as long as the app is no longer on my mac), then reload everything with smart sync setup? 

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Re: Out of disk space on my Mac, so trying to reconfigure. Need help!

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Hey @KellyCH - welcome to our Community and thanks for posting your first question.

To cut things short, yes, since you've already uninstalled the desktop application from your computer, you're safe to delete your Dropbox folder from your computer to make up hard drive space without affecting your Dropbox files as this would be a local copy of your files; not a live, syncing one. 

Upon re-installing the app, make sure to choose the 'Online Only' through your Smart Sync options (you'll get asked during the signing in process) and you should be good to go.

Let me know how it goes Kelly!



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Re: Out of disk space on my Mac, so trying to reconfigure. Need help!

Dropboxer
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Hey @KellyCH - welcome to our Community and thanks for posting your first question.

To cut things short, yes, since you've already uninstalled the desktop application from your computer, you're safe to delete your Dropbox folder from your computer to make up hard drive space without affecting your Dropbox files as this would be a local copy of your files; not a live, syncing one. 

Upon re-installing the app, make sure to choose the 'Online Only' through your Smart Sync options (you'll get asked during the signing in process) and you should be good to go.

Let me know how it goes Kelly!



Walter
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Re: Out of disk space on my Mac, so trying to reconfigure. Need help!

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It worked. Thank you for the quick response, @Walter !

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Re: Out of disk space on my Mac, so trying to reconfigure. Need help!

Dropboxer
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Thanks for keeping me in the loop Kelly; I'm glad to hear it's sorted now 

Have a lovely week ahead and if you ever come up with a Dropbox question, you know where to find us 

Thanks for using Dropbox @KellyCH



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