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How to disable folders added on one machine from being added on another

Explorer | Level 3

I operate a very small business. I use my Dropbox account to share files with internal machines and with outside collaborators, with whom I share project files, and also to secure my accounting files. The problem is, every time I create a share for collaboration, the share gets added to the accounting machine, bogging it down. I already know about Selective Sync, but I don't want the headache of weeding new shares from the accounting machine. Can I restrict the accounting machine from seeing new shares on other machines?

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Re: How to disable folders added on one machine from being added on another

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Hey there @Dave C.17,

Currently we don't have a specific setting that would achieve this for you. I've made sure to pass along your interest in seeing this implemented in the future to our dev team for them to review.

In the meantime, I could suggest setting the desktop app to sync new files to that computer as "online only" with smart sync. You can do this by:

  1. Clicking the Dropbox icon in the system tray/menu bar.
  2. Click the profile pic/initials icon in the top right of the window.
  3. Choose Preferences...
  4. Go to the Sync tab.
  5. Choose to sync new files as "Online only".

I understand that this isn't exactly what you wanted to achieve but I hope that this can help with the issue you're having with syncing on that device as it will only need to sync the placeholders and not the whole files.

Let me know if you have any other questions - Thanks!


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Re: How to disable folders added on one machine from being added on another

Explorer | Level 3

What will this action do? Because I live in a rural area, my internet access is metered by data transferred. For this reason, I have Dropbox set to sync on the local network. Will the action you suggest increase my data usage?

Thanks.

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Hello @Dave C.17, Maybe you just create a new folder, say Collaborator_shares. You remove this folder from your accounting machine using Selective sync. Later everytime you need to create a new share folder, you create inside this Collaborator_shares folder, and share those folders with your outside collaborators. In that way you don't need to remove new share folders everytime from the non-accounting machine. On your other machine the share folders will be inside the Collaborator_shares which is itself not shared. 

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Re: How to disable folders added on one machine from being added on another

Explorer | Level 3

Elixir, that's a cool idea. I'll try it. Thanks!

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