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Setting folder to "online" when it hasn't been fully synced to the cloud yet

Setting folder to "online" when it hasn't been fully synced to the cloud yet

BradLogan
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Hey there, I'm working on a video where I'm having to render and tweak a lot of clips individually in 4k resulting in a huge folder size (277G) so I have run out of space on the drive where I keep Dropbox files locally. So I'm moving the folder to an external hard drive and will see how it goes editing the files from there. But I'm really nervous about the possibility of my external drive failing at some point and losing all of the video files in this folder.  So I want to make sure I have all these files backed up to my dropbox in the cloud and have the folder set locally in Smart Sync to "online only" to free up space on my local dropbox hard drive.
 
Here's the thing - my internet connection is through a MiFi hotspot that throttles down to a crawl after it goes over 150GB a month so I only have dropbox sync turned on when I really need to have something synced to the cloud (such as when I need a link to share the file with others) to save bandwidth. So most of the files in this folder (about 180G worth) have not yet been synced to the cloud. So what would happen to the files in that folder that have not yet been synched to the cloud if I were to switch that folder on my computer to "online" using Smart Sync? Would those files still stay on my computer until they have been completely synched to the cloud and would then be automatically deleted? 
 
What I *imagine* would happen (ideally) once I have turned dropbox sync back on is that the files in the folder that have already been synced to the cloud would be automatically deleted off my hard drive immediately freeing up some space and the others would stay on my computer until they have been completely uploaded to the cloud before they are automatically deleted off my hard drive. Is that the way it works or is there a danger I could lose some of these files off my hard drive before they have had a chance to get synced to my dropbox account in the cloud? 
 
Any insight into this you can provide would be greatly appreciated. 
 
Many thanks!
 
Brad
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Re: Setting folder to "online" when it hasn't been fully synced to the cloud yet

Hannah
Dropboxer
Hey @BradLogan, thanks for posting your query today.

If you switch a folder to online-only that hasn't fully synced yet, what should happen is the already synced files will switch and the rest will continue syncing (and taking up space).

Once those are done too, they should also switch to online-only and their space should be freed up.

If you want, you can test this out with a smaller set of files.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Hannah
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Re: Setting folder to "online" when it hasn't been fully synced to the cloud yet

Hannah
Dropboxer
Hey @BradLogan, thanks for posting your query today.

If you switch a folder to online-only that hasn't fully synced yet, what should happen is the already synced files will switch and the rest will continue syncing (and taking up space).

Once those are done too, they should also switch to online-only and their space should be freed up.

If you want, you can test this out with a smaller set of files.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Hannah
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Setting folder to "online" when it hasn't been fully synced to the cloud yet

BradLogan
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Thanks Hannah, I did a test with a few smaller files as you suggested and everything happened as you described. 

 

Thanks for your response and for your suggestion!

Re: Setting folder to "online" when it hasn't been fully synced to the cloud yet

Hannah
Dropboxer
Not a problem, Brad, happy to help!

If you have any other questions, let us know.

See you around the Community! 🙂

Hannah
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