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700GB Dropbox moved to smartsync - taking a week to sync

Good day all.  We have about 700GB dropbox an getting to the edges of the hard drive, so moving to smartsync plan was a no brainer.  Doing so, and then going onto the machine, right clicking on our biggest folder and choosing online-only started a sync process.  Cool....but it literally took 5 days to sync and figure it out.  This is completely unacceptable.  Its now done it on 2 of my machines already.  This isnt sustainable.  What can I do to lessen that and make it practical?

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Re: 700GB Dropbox moved to smartsync - taking a week to sync

Hi there, generally the main reasons for the time taken to enable Smart Sync would be the number of files on your account and CPU power.
 
To keep the file structure and sharing permissions the same, it needs to recreate all the files on account again. Even if they are placeholders, which are tiny in size, they are still essentially individual files that need to be created, after deleting the local copy of the files which takes time itself.
 
This speed varies according to your internet speed, and the CPU of the machine in question for the hashing of the files and creation of the placeholders. The initial ‘sync’ of the placeholders can take time, but one it’s done you shouldn’t experience a similar time for the subsequent syncing of new files.
 
Hope this helps to clarify matters.



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Re: 700GB Dropbox moved to smartsync - taking a week to sync

You can adjust your bandwidth settings within Dropbox Preferences.

That being said, 700GB is A LOT of data to sync, and the more files you have, the longer it will take to sync. There are many factors that affect sync speed; number of files (being a huge factor), size of the files, bandwidth settings, speed and memory of the computer, Internet speed to the Dropbox servers, etc.

You really just need to let Dropbox work through the process.

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Re: 700GB Dropbox moved to smartsync - taking a week to sync

I dont think I accept that as an answer...

If I choose a folder that is 400GB and tell it to be online only, it shouldnt take 5 days to purge that data, and be filename/placeholders only.  

Im able to uninstall dropbox, delete all the data, reinstall dropbox, set to online only, sync what I want and still have days ahead of this existing process...so that doesnt make sense from my point of view.  Im not trying to be a jerk, just doesnt work.  

Bandwidth settings are unlimited and network is not utilized through the process.

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Re: 700GB Dropbox moved to smartsync - taking a week to sync

Hi there, generally the main reasons for the time taken to enable Smart Sync would be the number of files on your account and CPU power.
 
To keep the file structure and sharing permissions the same, it needs to recreate all the files on account again. Even if they are placeholders, which are tiny in size, they are still essentially individual files that need to be created, after deleting the local copy of the files which takes time itself.
 
This speed varies according to your internet speed, and the CPU of the machine in question for the hashing of the files and creation of the placeholders. The initial ‘sync’ of the placeholders can take time, but one it’s done you shouldn’t experience a similar time for the subsequent syncing of new files.
 
Hope this helps to clarify matters.



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