As far as I can tell, they just ignore these. I still have the problem I originally reported, hence why I keep Dropbox off from autostart and only briefly launch it to sync my files. Been looking for alternatives (really should give Google Drive another try or something), but I haven't had a pressing need for one, so I've stuck around only because of that.
When I transferred dropbox folder from my primary (small capacity) SSD to a secondary large HDD (WDC WD500AAKX-001CA0) the disk started to suffer of high disk usage. It is always in 100% disk usage. Also all processes in my PC slowed down. I cannot use my pc while dropbox is in sync mode. I have to pause synchronization to work with other programs. Is there any way to reduce the disk usage?
*Update. There was a file in the dropbox folder that was "unreadable". I removed it and now the disk is working normally.
I have the same issue and it only started happening a few days ago right before I had to reinstall windows. It seems to be a big problem as I like to keep it open so i can access files I need but keeping it open renders my system useless and no other tasks can be done. Even just starting it up with nothing else it gives me high disk usage. I am also a paid user. Very inconvenient to shut it down and only accessing my files from dropbox website but that is only way I found i can get things done.
hey could u plz tell me what file that was unreadable? my problem started two weeks ago (100% disk usage). since then i formatted my computer twice, downgraded to windows 8 and replaced my 1 tera hard drive with a 250 gb ssd (!). only to realize it was dropbox sync process that was the problem all along.
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Yeah, I loved dropbox concept since I knew it, and it worked very well at begining, but little issues like this are driving me to think about alternatives to dropbox.
If somebody is implementing a better usable product, certainly I will consider switch.
I'm hoping that the "Infinite Project" change this performance issues, since dropbox will have kernel access I belive it will be possible to work in a smartest way.
The way dropbox watch for file-changes don't seems to be the best way.
Besides performance issues it has another issues.
Another day I was planning to make big changes in my dropbox file structure, so I fully-synced my two computers(A and B) to make sure computer 'B' had'nt nothing to upload and computer 'A' nothing to download.
So, two computers with "green sync icon" I shutdown computer 'B' and start my reorganization in computer 'A'.
When I had finished with the changes I start computer 'B' to receive the changes, but to my surprise, dropbox start to upload old computer 'B' folders to dropbox again, making hundreds of duplicate files and folders.
I really think dropbox should take care of these types of issues before spend time developing "google drive style" features!
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