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Do I really need 250gb free on my computer to upload a 250gb file to my dropbox?

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I have a 250gb file on an external drive that I need to move somewhere else. My laptop has 150gb free, but my Dropbox account has 3,000gb available. I can't upload the file using the web browser because Dropbox does not allow that for a file this large.

When I try to drag the file into my Dropbox folder, it says I don't have enough disk space. Yes, exactly, that is what Dropbox is supposed to be used for, right?

I've been to the preferences, and I clicked "Manage all files" and deselected every folder I have so that nothing is synced anymore. "Save hard drive space automatically" is set to "On", Selective Sync has every single folder unselected. Still can't copy the file over, because not enough disk space on my computer.

Is there really no way to upload a large file to Dropbox unless I have that much available space on my computer at the moment? What the heck am I paying for if I need to store everything on my computer before uploading?

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Re: Do I really need 250gb free on my computer to upload a 250gb file to my dropbox?

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Hey @fyou, Yes the only way to upload such a big file is via sync. In your case, one possibility is to moving your dropbox folder temporarily to the external hard drive - Copy the large file in a folder inside the dropbox in new location (i.e., the external drive). Then use the selective sync to feature to select the folder containing large file to online only. Later move your dropbox to its original location in your laptop internal disc. 


Re: Do I really need 250gb free on my computer to upload a 250gb file to my dropbox?


Have a nice week @fyou and @Elixirgrinning face with smiling eyes

Thanks for posting your first question to our Community @fyou!

Elixir's suggestion, moving the Dropbox folder, will work for you instantly without any  syncing issues. However, Selective Sync can do this for you as well. So changing the settings to remove all local files was a right move. It should free up space for you to upload, without moving the Dropbox folder. 

If the status of your Dropbox is "Syncing", Selective Sync is still trying to remove the files from your hard drive. After it reports "Up to date" you should have the space locally to upload. 

Still Syncing? Syncing for too long? You can speed it up following the steps here.  gear

We would love to know you managed to upload the file and how you did it. 

Thank you!

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