I would like to start with Im no great fan of dropbox they were great around 2010 but hitting 2020 its just OMG the same issues still present, like WTH!
That being said, I manage a 3TB pro account (we used to have DB Teams but I only ever needed one account just the >1TB space it gave us)
This is currently at 2.2TB in 625,000+ files & 130,000+ folders (like OneDrive folders count in the file count for DB see insert)
Now syncing a new machine or resyncing an existing one IS A NIGHTMARE of time!
Wo be any DB employee who ever tells me to resync to fix an issue. Im talking a week+.
But unlike everyone else Im not overly experencing "delays" with more than 300,000 files.
One thing that might be relevant (unsure) is I switched OFF SMART SYNC at the account level on the web site. Using only SELECTIVE SYNC some machines have heavy syncing with around 700K in files/folders and some lite with 75K files/folders.
On the heavy file/folder machines the filecache.dbx is at 2GB and my sigstore.dbx is 10GB. This 10GB might be important as my understanding is DB slows down as the SQL Lite used for databasing doesnt handle 10GB+ files very well so mabye im hovering just on it with 700K?!?!?! Which leads me to think about depth of tree with larger deep trees needing more DBX file and taking you over the 10GB mark? See file names are not stored in folders inside the DBX file each file PATH and NAME are stored for each file some more down in the deeppth you have files the lower that number gets?!?!? (all conjecture of course)
For me the DB app never spikes above 2 to 3GB memory doing this only during soem resync activity and mostly hovers under 200meg
Compared to OneDrive thats hovers around 1GB sycning the same stuff. My Onc drive root location is in the dropbox folder like this \DROPBOX\@OD so anything in OneDrive syncs to DB and anything in the DB @od folder syncs to OneDrive (half to a OneDrive for business user folder and the other half to a sharepoint site (yes i do know they are both SPO sites))
So to those having issues I would suggest at least trying the client without SMART SYNC which really you only need if your short of space, and I would rather have it faster & working than saving a $100 on a smaller drive. Go 5TB drives! :-P
( i have edited this a few times so might have some junk typos etc or nonsense setences soory :-/ )
Same issue here and DROPBOX assistance useless... We are going to switch now to sync or Google Drive. Already many complains over the last two years and no improvements AT ALL!
Their comment about the 300k is just a lie. It does not experience of loss of performances, because IT DOES NOT WORK!!!!
We have two new desktop and every 6months, dropbox crashes continuously... ON BOTH computers. It takes a week going folder per folder to resync everything. A waste of time.
Bye bye DROPBOX...
Sync is not working neither. Lots of files are missing on some of our computers (and not the same) although it pretends to be synched. We will try Google drive next...
Please let me know how your alternatives are working out. We need to make the switch but have not found a solution that I am completely comfortable with.
Dropbox is not going to provide us with a solution. We will have to find alternatives. Please keep me posted if you have anything.
For little amount of files, i think that Dropbox client is great.
For many files, it takes longer than ANY other sync software! Even FreeFileSync (freeware!!!) starts syncing faster.
There's some real optimization problem on the database or comparing part of the code.
lost a whole bunch of workfiles with sync, same issue.
and i lost another whole bunch with google drive - as i mentioned earlier, their up/download sync behaviour is somewhat linear (not sure this is the right term for it...) meaning it syncs one after the other, first come first serve.
for instance, if you're setting up a new machine or migrating / restructuring your computer, this is a nightmare as it will overwrite new files with old versions, say its synced but it isnt, delete files but in fact they were just moved to a different folder and so on.
the "nice" thing was, i just realised that weeks later, when the actual hard copies were gone and i couldnt find a lot of stuff.
and there is another problem with gdrive: if you have let's say 500000 files, the app takes about half an hour to start.
usually thats when my fan is collapsing on my macbook air.
if you have deleted a folder, remaned a file in the meantime and so on - you'll have to wait that half an hour and then it first deletes every single file first (which takes the same time as the up or download?!) and then does the rest.
that's when it gets funky, renaming something that isnt there anymore, then it suddenly is, google docs and sheets all of a sudden don't work saying the file is missing, and so on.
sorry for the messy description, i know it sounds confusing and in fact it is - it is a nightmare.
and there is literally no support at all, so no good.
tried a few different ones, all garbage and the integration in the file system of dropbox is still one of the best if not the best.
BUT then there's this one issue we're ranting about here (apart of smart sync which isn't really behaving in a smart way) so...
back to the topic. do something about it dear dropboxers.
Hey Dropbox, here's an easy solution : just add a "zip this folder" button on the web UI. Just remember to have it work, unlike the move files button (which fail when there's more than a typical grandma's folder typical item count in it).
If that's too much to manage, you could remove some of the other new junk such as the desktop app (who asked for that ?!).
I even emailed the new COO, but she never bothered to even respond to an email.
Our Dropbox has 111 users now and we are desperate for an alternative. I see a lot of comments about the pros and cons of Google Drive. Anyone can recommend something that is worth the switch?
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