We love using Smart Sync for the team, once set up it works exteremly well and replaced our physical file server. We are a digital agency with 15ish Dropbox users (and growing). We have a 'Clients' team folder with all our client work and an 'Internal' team folder with all our internal work.
We have between 600,000 - 700,000 files and it takes a VERY long time to sync for new team members, sometimes up to 3 or4 days. Files are set to 'online only' by default. I just transferred to a new laptop via a Time Machine backup and I am also now staring down the barrel of re-syncing everything over multiple days. We set the bandwidth settings to maximum for up and down and we have a very fast connection in the office, although we are in New Zealand so might be far away from the Dropbox server!
Is there any way we can make this process faster? Should we consider moving old or out of date work to another team folder not synced to all users?
Having the option to prioritise certain folders in the initial sync so team members can get working straight away would be a good feature.
We have between 600,000 - 700,000 files
I have this problem and don't understand Lusil's reply. When everything is set as 'online only' through Smartsync - how can it take days simply to download the folder structure and names of the files? I can understand how this happens for offline files.
+1 to allow immediate "override" to instanly sync a specific folder. I also have a large Dropbox, now on day 3 of waiting for files to sync to my new laptop. I'm carrying around 2 laptops because I need some of those files to work right now and can't wait multiple days. It would be great to right click on a folder and say "Sync Now". Thanks!
In today's world of smart server applications, there should be nothing stopping Dropbox delivering the set of folders (just folder heirarchy, not files) to a user's PC as a single compressed file, then locally creating those folders in the local file system that the Dropbox client maintains. This should be orders of magnitude faster than the current process.
I just think not much thought has been put into people using this for a business solution.
I have a large dropbox, some 300k files total. Been syncing to my new laptop for 5 days now with 230k files left to go. So, in 5 days I have days, I have only gone through a third of my files....ugh.
There is no way to see how much time is left on the sync, although Dropbox help claims you can tell how much sync time is left if you hover your mouse over the icon in system tray (Windows).
Something fishy is going on and Dropbox is not being upfront about it.
I have had this large file system since Dec. 2018, and had no issues with sync.... what changed?
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