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How can I keep my files local and not online only?

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I have a new computer & I've been trying to download my DB files to my new computer.  I've just discovered that YOU decided I need to save space on my hardrive & half my files are on some cloud rather than downloaded to my computer.  I DON'T WANT THIS.  I've tried everything to download everything on Dropbox to my new computer & I've spent way too much time trying to remedy this--- way more time than I needed or wanted to spend!  I am not interested in Local or online whatever it's called.   Just leave my Dropbox alone.  So, how do  get my Dropbox back to the way I had it?  How do I get rid of this cloud crap? The so-called solutions I read so far do not work for me.  And, please, in the future, LEAVE MY DROPBOX ALONE. 

 

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Re: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???? I DON'T WANT CLOUD WHATEVER! LEAVE MY DB ALONE!

Level 10

Hi!

Do you have a Dropbox Plus/Professional/Business subscription? If yes, it sounds like the new installation might have been completed with Smart Sync "make folders online-only" selected.

I found this help article on Smart Sync. More specifically you could try the following steps:

How to save hard drive space automatically

If you haven’t opened files and folders in a few months, they’ll become online-only. To change this setting:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon from the system tray or menu bar.
  2. Click your profile picture or initials.
  3. Click Preferences... from the menu.
  4. Click Sync.
  5. Choose your work Dropbox account.
  6. Toggle the On/Off setting under Save hard drive space automatically.

(In your case, you would want this setting to be Off)

How do I sync online-only content to my computer?

You can open a file as usual through your application or Finder. Dropbox downloads the entire file to your computer.

To sync a file or folder without opening it immediately, you can make it local:

  1. Open the Dropbox folder on your computer.
    1. Click the Dropbox icon from the menu bar.
    2. Click the folder icon.
    3. Choose Open folder.
  2. Locate the content that you want to sync to your computer.
  3. Control-click or right-click the file or folder.
  4. Choose Smart sync.
  5. Choose Local.

(In your case, you would want all Dropbox content set to Local)

How can I choose a default setting for new content?

  1. Click the Dropbox icon from the menu bar.
  2. Click your profile picture or initials and select Preferences... from the menu.
  3. Click Sync.
  4. Choose your work Dropbox account.
  5. Change the selection for Smart Sync Default:
    • Admin default: the default setting chosen by your team admin.
    • Local: all new content downloads to your computer.
    • Online-only: manually download files to your computer when you need them.

(In your case, you would want all new Dropbox content to be set to Local)

Finally, you might want to consider disabling Smart Sync altogether, if you wish, by disabling system extensions on Dropbox website settings.

Hope this helps!

Joonas

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Re: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???? I DON'T WANT CLOUD WHATEVER! LEAVE MY DB ALONE!

Level 10

Hi there!

Unfortunately my reply keeps getting caught in the forum spam filter, hopefully it can be restored soon for some suggestions.

Regards,

Joonas

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Re: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???? I DON'T WANT CLOUD WHATEVER! LEAVE MY DB ALONE!

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@Juunas wrote:

Unfortunately my reply keeps getting caught in the forum spam filter, hopefully it can be restored soon for some suggestions.


It's likely being caught due to the number of links you're including. I've released it from the quarantine.

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