Hi Digitalmayhem, what you see is proof that Smart-Sync actually is working for you! But Dropbox has to make their system replace some parts of the mac OS because the link for the file contains both the actual-size and the OS-size and different parts of the OS use whichever size it wants. Meanwhile Apple wants to compete with DB and is not about to address this issue.
Folks, if something is not working functionally in a system of integrated components (spread over 4-layer component layer: interface, application, infrastructure, and platform) and the component that exhibited this for the first time resides in either interface, or application, or infrastructure layer, then it is the responsibility of that component. This does not mean that components in the platform layer do not have bugs, but in designing the above mentioned component these issues should had been treated as design constraints as it was not under the dominion of creators of the new component (Dropbox).
When I do Get Info, I get 50GB of 0 items message. Dropbox should have found a way to circumvent the limitations of this particular platform component called Mac OS X, period. If this was not possible, Dropbox should not have advertised this feature and sell it, because somebody might get an idea of a class action lawsuit.
I have the same issue and reported this issue four months ago. Unfortunately, Dropbox has not fixed this problem for me. Does anyone have any updates?
Though I am storing all my Dropbox files online only, my Mac still shows a completely full hard drive. The files that are "filling" up my drive are NOT locally stored. How do I fix this?
This is a slightly different question about merging folders previously done with Selective Sync with newer Smart Sync. I have files previous stored with selective sync. Now I can't figure out how to identify which folders were saved only online this way. The issue is that I have files to add to the folders. When I see the folder on my desktop it has only the recent folder I added. When I look online I see only the previous folders I had saved there, and not the most recent one. How to make sure all are on the SmartSync?
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I agree! It's ridiculous they will not refund consumers for defects in their system. Smart sync is simply not compatible with Macs.
Hoping that your statement is not right... I use Mojave and hope that SmartSync will work when I get nit set up correctly. Sure hope I’m not spinning my wheels. (Though selective sync did not work as expected and I thought It was my fault in expectation and that I did something wrong.)
My 'issue' was addressed. For anyone else curious about online-only files taking up hard drive space, I have been informed that the placeholder files are registered by the Mac as there but the file do not take up the space that is shown in About this Mac>Storage.
Thank you DB Support. Perhaps someday this will be resolved so that we can make better-informed decisions regarding file storage.
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