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When I create a file on my Mac and save it to Dropbox, does it take up space on my local HD?

When I create a file on my Mac and save it to Dropbox, does it take up space on my local HD?

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When I create a file on my Mac and save it to Dropbox, does it take up space on my local HD? My local hard drive is getting full and one of the culprits is apparently the files I have saved to Dropbox. It struck me as odd that it would duplicate like that. I thought I could save it to Dropbox instead of locally, not in addition to locally. Can I free up HD space by deleting a file, or does that delete it from Dropbox in the cloud as well? If that's the case, the value of having storage in the cloud is diminished. 

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Re: When I create a file on my Mac and save it to Dropbox, does it take up space on my local HD?

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Hi @FredSinMoraga; welcome to our Community and thanks for using Dropbox! 

 

Any files you store in your Dropbox folder will take up space on your computer unless you choose to use our selective sync feature or even the Smart Sync one which would help free up disk space locally.

 

Let me know if you have any follow up questions. 


Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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