I see how this works. Folder FRED has a grey minus. When I enable selective sync on FRED it creates a new folder on my PC called FRED (selective sync...)
But the original folder FRED still keeps the grey minus. How do I return to a synchronised folder called FRED? On my system the folder names do matter...
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I have the same problem, and all the answers say "the problem occurs when you create 2 folders with the same name"). WELL, it is not me that is doing the creating.
I need to free up space on the hard drive. So, before running out of space, and I make sure everything is synced. Then I go into Selective Sync and uncheck a large folder (like one with lots of videos).
What I am noticing Next is that the folder that gets unchecked now has the Grey Minus, and I also now have a same-Named folder with the (Selective cync conflict) appended in the folder name. Only some of the files in the new folder appear, but because they are big video files, I now have a worse problem with harddrive space.
HELP PLEASE! I have tried hard reboots, and having Dropbox start with startup and not with startup and cannot figure this out.
This is exactly the problem I have, can anyone point me to a link that actually solves the problem and doesn't just say 'deal with two folders'? I want to free up space on my hard drive which is why I'm using selective sync to say "take these folders off my hard drive". Instead of deleting files locally, it just marks them with a grey minus. What use is that?
Do I simply delete the 'grey minus' folders locally? Is that the way to achieve my aim of (a) freeing up disk space and (b) leaving my files safely intact in my dropbox repository?
Thanks, but I think this is just a wee bug / quirk / misunderstanding about how the 'feature' is supposed to work.
Those folders are all green-ticks that I haven't changed anything in for years. All I did was unselect them in Selective Sync. In my mind, that shouldn't cause any type of 'conflict'. I just want it removed from my local repository.
That said, I did just delete the folders off my HDD and (thankfully) they remain in my online dropbox, so I've achieved my aim. It would be nice (and less stressful when pushing 'delete') if the selective sync had ditched them for me, but hey.
I noticed when I tried to run a test scenario (create a folder, see it exists online and locally, then uncheck it in selective sync) I did not get the grey minus. The local folder simply got deleted. So, I think the age of the folders in question has something to do with it. Maybe some backwards compatibility thing with the client? I don't know.
But, for now, I am where I need to be.
create a folder, see it exists online and locally, then uncheck it in selective syncBut, for now, I am where I need to be.
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