I inadvertently set up my new computer with Dropbox to sync with my entire Documents folder, which has over 300GB on it. Needless to say, I ran out of space on Dropbox rather quickly. I also use OneDrive, which keeps my files in the Cloud while still appearing on my computer.
I am assuming there is no "UNDO" button to reverse what I did. If this is correct, read on:
I paused my sync so no new files are being synced, but how do I undo my mistake so that:
Thanks for any light you can shed.
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This seemed to work--for a while! It said it deleted 240 files from one of my computers (the new one I had synced from) and changed 3,660 files from my other (older) computer. I got the following messages in the window saying, "Back up your PC automatically," where I had unchecked the three boxes that had been checked:
What do these three messages mean, and what else do I need to do to delete the files from Dropbox while keeping them on my new computer (or the old one if that is where they came from), and confirm that there will be no more automatic Backups made to Dropbox?
I also got a pop-up message that popped up on my screen that says: "'Remove Amazon Downloader Logs' and 4 other items from your Dropbox account and all devices? If you move these items to Documents, they won't be available in Dropbox or any devices." Jay, I am not sure what the Amazon Downloader Logs are and whether I need them, and I certainly don't know what the 4 other items are. Whatever they are, I'd like them out of Dropbox and back on my original computer, but the choices to click on are CANCEL or MOVE OUT OF DROPBOX. What should I do?
My "notification message" for the files deleted from Dropbox shows about 6,600 files deleted from Dropbox.
Please answer my questions and let me know how to proceed. Also, at the end of the process, do I leave the Syncing on or should I pause it?
Thanks very much,
It turns out that the problem was not completely resolved after all. I have found a Dropbox folder in several other places on my PC; the files that were synced from my PC in Dropbox itself in the cloud have been removed, as they should have been. In each place on my PC, the Dropbox folder contains the original files that are also in Dropbox (in the cloud); they also contain a few of the files from my PC that had been copied to Dropbox before the sync was stopped; these files also appear in their proper folders on the PC.
Given the above, is it ok to delete these files that are on my PC, given that they also are already in their proper folders on my PC?
One of the places the Dropbox folder appears on my PC, which to me is strange, is in ThisPC\Windows (C:)\Users\[MyName]\Dropbox. Do you have any explanation of they could have gotten there, and is it safe to remove it? I tried to change the folder's name to see if it caused any problems, but it says "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program." I have no idea what this is because there is nothing else open other than a few Chrome tabs (unless Dropbox is making it think something is open)!
Besides the office Dropbox Directory, other Dropbox locations (please let me know if these Subdirectories and Shortcuts are safe to delete):
Thanks for any light you can shed on this mystery that won't go away....
Thanks for your last bit of help. Dropbox was showing as a separate Directory, but not on my computer. I found remnants of files that were from my PC on the Dropbox, which I removed (after checking that the originals were still in place). I also removed all shortcuts from everywhere. All that remains on Dropbox, I believe, are the files that were there from the beginning, before this transfer to the new computer started. All files that are supposed to be on the computer appear to be there.
I believe that I am no longer syncing between Dropbox and my PC as a result of the settings you had me change from your first message above.
So unless you hear from me again, I am done and all is as good as new. Thanks again for everything!
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