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more data on dropbox than in folder on computer

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the dropbox folder on my computer hardrive has less than 1gig of data, yet in dropbox it shows 5gigs.  there is no more files or folders on one than on the other.  to check i removed everyhing from my dropbox computer folder, got to 0 byts on dropbox, reloaded back on to computer folder, after sync to dropbox, shows 5gigs.  am i correct in understanding, that deleted dropbox files and cache do not count in your used space.  Either way, any other reason why there would be a discrepency between the otherwise synced dropbox folders on hardrive and up on dropbox server.

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Re: more data on dropbox than in folder on computer

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You are correct in your assumptions @hodt. What does affect space, however, would be things like symlinks or junctions which would probably not register as space used on your machine, but, Dropbox WOULD follow and sync them


 


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Re: more data on dropbox than in folder on computer

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Thanks for your help. If I may clarify, so a windows shortcut, to a folder outside dropbox folder,  but placed inside a dropbox folder, does that qualify as a  symlink.  i use a number of shortuts in my dropbox folders to quickly move files to folders outside dropbox, so if this is a symlink, dropbox syncs the files in that shortcut folder.  ? that it?

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Re: more data on dropbox than in folder on computer

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Shortcuts are not symlinks. Dropbox will not follow a shortcut.

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Re: more data on dropbox than in folder on computer

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Thanks for the advice.  im back to square one then, as i dont seem to have any symlinks.  I will try moving and reinstating, one folder at a time and see if that helps me locate a possable symlink.

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