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Smart Sync - Why does Dropbox let me open the file even though I'm not connected to the Internet?

Smart Sync - Why does Dropbox let me open the file even though I'm not connected to the Internet?

janwigh
Explorer | Level 4

Hello, I am struggling to understand how Smart Sync works.

Here is something I don't understand.

I have a file which Is marked as “Online only”. So, if I understand things correctly, I would have to be connected to the internet to view it. However, even after closing the internet connection, I can STILL open it without problems. How can that be explained?

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Re: Smart Sync - Why does Dropbox let me open the file even though I'm not connected to the Internet

Rich
Super User II

@janwigh wrote:

I have a file which Is marked as “Online only”. So, if I understand things correctly, I would have to be connected to the internet to view it. However, even after closing the internet connection, I can STILL open it without problems. How can that be explained?


The file might still be in cache. When Dropbox removes a file from your computer, it stores it in a hidden cache folder for a few days in case it needs to be recovered.

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Re: Smart Sync - Why does Dropbox let me open the file even though I'm not connected to the Internet

Rich
Super User II

@janwigh wrote:

I have a file which Is marked as “Online only”. So, if I understand things correctly, I would have to be connected to the internet to view it. However, even after closing the internet connection, I can STILL open it without problems. How can that be explained?


The file might still be in cache. When Dropbox removes a file from your computer, it stores it in a hidden cache folder for a few days in case it needs to be recovered.

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Re: Smart Sync - Why does Dropbox let me open the file even though I'm not connected to the Internet

janwigh
Explorer | Level 4

Thanks a lot, Rich. Your reply is a great help.

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