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Safely Deleting Dropbox from One Computer without Affecting Others

Safely Deleting Dropbox from One Computer without Affecting Others

EJMiller
Explorer | Level 4

I use my Dropbox account and its files on several computers.  I’m giving one of the computers away, but want to wipe it beforehand.

Therefore, I want to wipe all Dropbox access from the giveaway computer without affecting the master files themselves or access to them from any of the other computers.

Thank you for a safe way to do this.

—John

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Re: Safely Deleting Dropbox from One Computer without Affecting Others

Rich
Super User II

Just uninstall Dropbox from the computer, then you can safely delete the Dropbox folder from it.

Re: Safely Deleting Dropbox from One Computer without Affecting Others

EJMiller
Explorer | Level 4

Thanks for the information.  So then, uninstalling from a local computer does not affect the master files themselves, presumably stored in the cloud.

A followup question—what exactly is stored on each local computer, then?  Just pointers to the master files?

Thanks,

—John

Re: Safely Deleting Dropbox from One Computer without Affecting Others

Rich
Super User II

@EJMiller wrote:

So then, uninstalling from a local computer does not affect the master files themselves, presumably stored in the cloud.


Correct, though there aren't any "master" files (more on that below).


what exactly is stored on each local computer, then?  Just pointers to the master files?

Each computer that has Dropbox installed will have a full copy of the files in your account, assuming you don't use Selective Sync or Smart Sync, which are features that let you remove local copies of folders and files.

As long as you've uninstalled Dropbox from a computer, or unlinked a computer from your Dropbox account, you can safely delete the local copy because they're not syncing with your account anymore.

Re: Safely Deleting Dropbox from One Computer without Affecting Others

EJMiller
Explorer | Level 4

Very useful, Rich.  Thanks.  Seems wasteful to install full copies locally, especially if the idea is to conserve space on local computers.

Good to understand how Db treats files, though.  Thanks again.

John

Re: Safely Deleting Dropbox from One Computer without Affecting Others

Rich
Super User II

@EJMiller wrote:

Seems wasteful to install full copies locally, especially if the idea is to conserve space on local computers.


But that's not the purpose of Dropbox. It can help save space on your local drive with features like Selective Sync and Smart Sync, but it's primary purpose is to sync everything in your local Dropbox folder with any other computer linked to your account.

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