cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Announcements
Are you new to Dropbox? Our Newcomers group is the perfect place to learn the basics, find out more here.

Storage Space

Looking for help with managing the storage space in your Dropbox account? Talk to the Dropbox Community and get advice from members.

cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Hidden .dropbox_bi folder storing 87GB of files locally!

Hidden .dropbox_bi folder storing 87GB of files locally!

UBG
Explorer | Level 4
Go to solution

Hi, I've just recently set up a new Dropbox Professional account. After installing the desktop app on my Mac I also set up a backup of my external SSD, which completed successfully yesterday.

 

Standard Dropbox file sync seems to be working fine, and the Dropbox app says everything is up to date, but for some reason I now have a new hidden folder under my Mac user folder called .dropbox_bi. That folder is storing 87GB of files on my primary SSD, apparently related to the 220GB of data backed up from the external SSD.

 

Is this my life now? Or is there some way to recover that massive waste of precious primary SSD storage space?

1 Accepted Solution

Accepted Solutions

Jay
Dropbox Staff
Go to solution

Hi @bea1356, if you're still being affected by this, please try the following steps:

 

  1. Navigate to https://dropbox.com/backup/all. You should see a page listing all of your active backups.
  2. Any affected external drive backups will have an adjacent icon indicating that there are restored files.
  3. Turn off automatic backup for each of these backups from the backup management UI:
    1. Open the Dropbox tray on your computer.
    2. Under “Sync and backups”, click on the affected backup. You should now see a page for managing the backup.
    3. Scroll down to the “Adjust settings” section. 
    4. Find the “Automatically back up drive” slider.
    5. Turn the slider to off. This will pause automatic backup.
    6. Repeat for each affected backup.
  4. You should see free space on your computer start to go up.
  5. Wait until free space on your computer has stabilized. This may take 30 minutes or more.
  6. Turn on automatic backup for the affected external drive backups from the backup management UI.
    1. Open the Dropbox tray on your computer.
    2. Under “Sync and backups”, click on the affected backup. You should now see a page for managing the backup.
    3. Scroll down to the “Adjust settings” section.
    4. Find the “Automatically back up drive” slider. 
    5. Turn the slider to on to resume automatic backup.
    6. Repeat for each affected backup.
  7. Return to https://dropbox.com/backup/all
  8. In the affected backups, you will find a folder containing any restored files. Verify that your backup already contains the files in this folder, then go ahead and delete it. 

Keep me posted with any updates!


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


Heart Did this post help you? If so, give it a Like below to let us know.
:arrows_counterclockwise: Need help with something else? Ask me a question!
:pushpin: Find Tips & Tricks Discover more ways to use Dropbox here!
:arrows_counterclockwise: Interested in Community Groups? Click here to join!

View solution in original post

90 Replies 90

Megan
Dropbox Staff
Go to solution

Hey @UBG, welcome to our Community!

 

Can you let me know the exact path of the .dropbox_bi. folder? Any screenshots are welcome! 

 

Also, what do you see in the folder?

 

Let me know more!


Megan
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


Heart Did this post help you? If so, give it a Like below to let us know.
:arrows_counterclockwise: Need help with something else? Ask me a question!
:pushpin: Find Tips & Tricks Discover more ways to use Dropbox here!
:arrows_counterclockwise: Interested in Community Groups? Click here to join!

UBG
Explorer | Level 4
Go to solution

UBG_0-1661933508067.png

It's in the root folder of my user account. Contents are shown in this screenshot.

Jay
Dropbox Staff
Go to solution

Hi @UBG, just to be certain, could you right click that folder and then Get Info to see the full size on disk?


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


Heart Did this post help you? If so, give it a Like below to let us know.
:arrows_counterclockwise: Need help with something else? Ask me a question!
:pushpin: Find Tips & Tricks Discover more ways to use Dropbox here!
:arrows_counterclockwise: Interested in Community Groups? Click here to join!

UBG
Explorer | Level 4
Go to solution

UBG_0-1661985301051.png

 

Megan
Dropbox Staff
Go to solution

Hey @UBG, would it be okay for me to reach out via email, in order for us to have a closer look into this?

 

Let me know! 


Megan
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


Heart Did this post help you? If so, give it a Like below to let us know.
:arrows_counterclockwise: Need help with something else? Ask me a question!
:pushpin: Find Tips & Tricks Discover more ways to use Dropbox here!
:arrows_counterclockwise: Interested in Community Groups? Click here to join!

UBG
Explorer | Level 4
Go to solution

Sure. Do I need to post my email address for you here publicly?

Hannah
Dropbox Staff
Go to solution

No worries, @UBG, I've just sent you an email to the address you have here on the Community.

 

Make sure to get back to me when you can!


Hannah
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


Heart Did this post help you? If so, give it a Like below to let us know.
:arrows_counterclockwise: Need help with something else? Ask me a question!
:pushpin: Find Tips & Tricks Discover more ways to use Dropbox here!
:arrows_counterclockwise: Interested in Community Groups? Click here to join!

Mythor
Explorer | Level 4
Go to solution

Good morning. Were you able to come up with a solution to this problem? I am having the same issue on my Win10 PC, with the dropbox_bi folder taking up 76.5 GB. I noticed that I was running out of space and freed up what I could, only to have it filled again the next day. When checking the drive with Spacesniffer I see that the dropbox_bi folder appears to be the culprit.

UBG
Explorer | Level 4
Go to solution

I have a suspicion that my folder might have been created in a previous Dropbox account that I've stopped using. Have you opened a new Dropbox account?

Need more support?
Who's talking

Top contributors to this post

  • User avatar
    Peter S.137 Explorer | Level 3
  • User avatar
    Nancy Dropbox Staff
  • User avatar
    amengsk New member | Level 2
What do Dropbox user levels mean?