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Storage issue

kc1522
New member | Level 2

I must be missing something...I pay over $100 a year for 1TB of storage with dropbox but it maxes out the storage on my computer so I can't even use it.  What am I doing wrong?  I also paid an IT company to increase my CPU storage but its now maxed out again.  Anyone store photos/videos in Google?  Why am I paying for dropbox when I can't use it?

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Re: Storage issue

Rich
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@kc1522 wrote:

I must be missing something...I pay over $100 a year for 1TB of storage with dropbox but it maxes out the storage on my computer ...


I'm wondering if you've misunderstood the primary use of Dropbox. The Dropbox folder on your computer isn't a cloud-based folder where the items within it only exist online. It's a regular folder like any other and it takes up space on your computer, just like any other folder. The main purpose of Dropbox is to sync the files you place in the Dropbox folder with your account online, and with other devices that you link to your account. If you have 1TB of storage and you want to fill it, then the Dropbox folder on your computer will have 1TB of data in it, assuming you have space for it on your hard drive.

 

Now, there are methods to save drive space within Dropbox. You can use Selective Sync to remove the local copy of a folder so it only exists in your account online and not on your local drive taking up space. Also, if you're on a paid account, you can use Smart Sync (though I think they're no longer calling it that) which is used to mark files and folders as Online-only while still allowing them to appear in your local Dropbox folder but not taking up space. Any Online-only file you interact with is marked as Available offline and downloaded back to your computer for you to use.

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