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I have a question about moving files on my computer. Can you help?

I'm new to Dropbox. The instructions say to "drag & drop" so that's what I did. I presumed the files I dragged and dropped would be COPIED to Dropbox, not MOVED there. Is there a solution for this now that everything is being moved?

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Re: Basic question...

As Dropbox is a folder on your hard drive like all others it follows the default actions for that so it is moved. You can of course always copy it back, however, that means you have 2 copies of the data on your drive and one will get out of date quickly - there is no link between the Dropbox folder on your machine and any others


 


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Super User II

Re: Basic question...

As Dropbox is a folder on your hard drive like all others it follows the default actions for that so it is moved. You can of course always copy it back, however, that means you have 2 copies of the data on your drive and one will get out of date quickly - there is no link between the Dropbox folder on your machine and any others


 


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Re: Basic question...

So, the follow-up question is had I COPIED and not moved, that would mean that the changes I make to the files in the folder in question would not be synced to Dropbox and that the only way to sync is to MOVE the files to Dropbox and edit/view/update them there?

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Re: Basic question...

So, the follow-up question is had I COPIED and not moved, that would mean that the changes I make to the files in the folder in question would not be synced to Dropbox and that the only way to sync is to MOVE the files to Dropbox and edit/view/update them there?

Yup - if you edit the copy outside of the Dropbox folder, it woin't affect the copy in the Dropbox folder and thus won't be synced.

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Re: Basic question...

Yes you're correct.

Work on the files inside Dropbox as theres no link anywhere else slightly smiling face


 


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Re: Basic question...

Geesh. That makes me nervous. I thought the whole point of Dropbox was that it would create a link between the copy of the folder on DB and the original folder on your computer and automatically update/sync them.

Thanks for all of your answers.

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Re: Basic question...

Nope, it doesnt. But, remember it is a folder on your computer exactly the same as the original one.


 


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Re: Basic question...

Nope, it doesnt. But, remember it is a folder on your computer exactly the same as the original one.
Mark Mc 8 minutes ago

Now I'm really confused. The folder is on my computer but it's not? Are you saying that the files have merely been moved to the DB folder which will remain on my computer even after I cancel my subscription at which time I can just rename the folder back to its original title?

Thanks in advance for your answers. Sorry to sound dumb; the concept is new to me.

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Super User II

Re: Basic question...

No. What you've paid for is a syncing service in the cloud. That is what you pay for - www.Dropbox.com/home . The folder on your computer is just that. Its a folder.

The difference is that this is what Dropbox syncs. No other ones.


 


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Re: Basic question...

I used to store files, or "copy" files, in Dropbox, but then open the file in a folder somewhere else when I wanted to use it.

Please help me understand something.  I read that the files I store in Dropbox should not be stored anywhere else on my Macbook.  Then, when I need a file, I should open it in Dropbox.

Is this correct?  It makes sense.  Thanks for your help.

 

 

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