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smart-sync makes computer really slow

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I am sitting on fiber - 30 Mbit/s. After I moved all my files to dropbox on-line only - some 350 Gigs (took 5 days) - my computer does not work at all anymore. Syncing is terrible. Speed is unexciting. All programs hang.

I use it in parallel with Google Drive - which is not great, but it works! The transfer is quick, files are always there and when I quit Dropbox there is no slowdown of the computer, what so ever.

Seriously considering asking my Dropbox fee back and upgrading Google drive instead to 2Tb.

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Re: smart-sync makes computer really slow

Hey madmet, I’m here to help you on the issue you’re experiencing with Smart Sync! 
Let’s start off with the basics & we can move on to specifics based on your findings. I’d appreciate it if you could let me know of the details below, just so as to ensure we’re aligned: 
  • For starters, are you working on a Mac or a pc? If so, can you let me a bit more detail on your system specifications if that’s okay with you? 
  • Following, can you make sure that you’re running the latest Stable version of the Dropbox app on your desktop (Stable Build 82.4.155), you’ve made all OS updates & it’s syncing correctly on your menu bar/system tray? Once you hover your mouse over the Dropbox icon, it should display a message. What does it read for you? 
  • Have you by any chance followed any of the quick troubleshooting steps on this video (eg. quitting & restarting/rebooting your device)? 
Would you mind giving my suggestion a go whenever you have a minute & let me know here whether this does the trick or what you’ve found out along the way? Thanks & I’m looking forward to hearing back from you! 


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