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How can I upload a large folder to my account?

How can I upload a large folder to my account?

voceval
Explorer | Level 4

Dropbox Newbie Q:  All I want to do is upload a (very large) Word folder that contains many other folders, within folders.  DB seems only to upload files.  Do I have to open each folder, or is there a feature which will open all designated folders, subfolders, etc, and save all contents?

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Re: files vs. folders

Rich
Super User II

Do I understand correctly that a file or folder in the "drop box" directory does not actually reside on my computer, but rather is in the "cloud"?

That's incorrect. Dropbox is just a folder on your computer, like any other. Anything you place in the Dropbox folder exists on your local computer and is synced to your account online. The idea is that you move your files into the Dropbox folder, and then work on them from there. Any changes to the files will sync in real-time to your account online.

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Re: files vs. folders

Rich
Super User II

Download and install the Dropbox client. Move your folder into the Dropbox folder that is created on your computer and it will sync to your account online.

 

Note, installing the Dropbox client will sync all the files in your account to your computer. If you do not want that, you can use Selective Sync to select which folders will or will not sync to your computer.

Re: files vs. folders

voceval
Explorer | Level 4
Thanks for your help. I now have the (large) file on the drop box. However, when I tried to copy the folder, as directed, it MOVED it. Do I understand correctly that a file or folder in the "drop box" directory does not actually reside on my computer, but rather is in the "cloud"? I would prefer a system that copies my files (encrypted) to the drop box (cloud), then updates the drop box, every day (or more often). So I copied the file back to my computer. My question: Do the files I access in the "drop box" directory reside on my computer or in the "cloud"?

Re: files vs. folders

Rich
Super User II

Do I understand correctly that a file or folder in the "drop box" directory does not actually reside on my computer, but rather is in the "cloud"?

That's incorrect. Dropbox is just a folder on your computer, like any other. Anything you place in the Dropbox folder exists on your local computer and is synced to your account online. The idea is that you move your files into the Dropbox folder, and then work on them from there. Any changes to the files will sync in real-time to your account online.

my drop box folder on desktop has 143 GB in it. My harddrive has only 500 GB. I tried to move the

NAN S.2
New member | Level 2

I tried to move the DB folder to my external hard drive.  but a message came up saying that would not work as  DB wouldn't know where the files were.   I need more HD space.  I thought my files were stored in the DB cloud and I could move my folder to my external HD and delete the files in the folder and then I would have 143 GB more space on my hard drive.  why are my scratch disks full?

 

I need some help.    I can't use any of my programs (photoshop or LR) because my scratch disks are full!  Thank you!

Re: my drop box folder on desktop has 143 GB in it. My harddrive has only 500 GB. I tried to move

Zed
Dropboxer
Hello,
 
When you install the Dropbox app on your computer and sign in to your account, a Dropbox folder is created on your computer linked to your account.
 
If you want to move that folder to another location safely, you will need to move the Dropbox folder to another location
 
 
Also you can check out Selective Sync, a feature of the Dropbox desktop application that allows you to select only the folders you want to be synced to your computer.
 
Hope this helps and covers your questions!
 
PS : For future reference, in case you want to delete the folder from your computer and those changes not reflect to the website, you will need to unlink the Dropbox folder first.
 
 



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