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If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is synced?

I have been trying to copy all of my files on my computer to drop box. I am on to pictures and have a ton - now I'm running out of space on my hard drive. Can I safely delete files from my hard drive? I am worried if I do this, my synced files in dropbox will also be deleted. Please help!

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is sy


ArizonaGirl13 wrote:

I tried deleting some of the folders, but then checked dropbox.com and it deleted them from there too.


If you're deleting a file from the local Dropbox folder on your computer and it's deleting it from your account online as well, then Dropbox is still installed and running on your computer.

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is synced?

Your Dropbox in the cloud is a mirror of the Dropbox folder on the hard drive. Files added to the Dropbox folder on the hard drive are uploaded to the cloud, but must also remain on the hard drive . If you delete them from the hard drive, they will similarly be deleted from the cloud. The local and cloud folders are kept in step. Dropbox provides mirror storage, not additional storage.

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is synced?

Robert J, I have a similar question and was wondering if you could help. I wanted to delete the drop box files off of my pc because its taking sooooo much space. But you are saying dropbox is merely mirror storage, not additional storage? So is dropbox just like a backup? And of course a means to easily share? What is an alternative app or other choices if I really just need all the pics and vids taken off of my pc and put somewhere else so I can free up space on my pc. The main things I will be storing are photos and video tutorials from iphone, ipad and gopro. I am starting to see that maybe dropbox is not what Im looking for? My pc and both mobile devices are near capacity for storage, I need additional safe storage that I can easily reach from mobile devices and easily use again from mobile devices if necessary. Thank you sooooooo much for your help!!  

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is synced?

...are saying dropbox is merely mirror storage, not additional storage?

Correct. Dropbox is a file synchronisation tool, not a cloud drive.

If it's only necessary to have your mobile devices linked, no problem, you can just uninstall it from the computer.

You could also choose to leave the computer linked, but manage the space Dropbox will use with Selective Sync.

 

 

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is synced?

If I uninstall dropbox from my computer, will all of my files still be in the cloud?

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is synced?

If I uninstall dropbox from my computer, will all of my files still be in the cloud?

Yes.

Uninstalling Dropbox from your computer just removes the software, it doesn't remove any files from DB's servers or the Dropbox folder.

See: How do I uninstall Dropbox?

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is synced?

I have dropbox installed on my machine under two different users and would like to delete it from one of them as the account is no longer used and I'm doubling up on hd space because of it.  The issue I have is that the account has be removed and cannot be logged into.  I can still access the files through c drive users file in explorer.  If delete it here will it delete the files that are linked on other machines?  I hope not as I cannot log into the user account and therefore cannot sync to dropbox from it.  I hope this all makes some sense!?

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is sy

I have uninstalled dropbox, but there are still files in a dropbox folder taking up space on my computer.  I tried deleting some of the folders, but then checked dropbox.com and it deleted them from there too.  HELP!  My computer is full and I need to free up some space. 

 

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is sy

its all very confusing to me too

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Re: If I delete a file from my hard drive, will it delete it from my dropbox since my computer is sy


ArizonaGirl13 wrote:

I tried deleting some of the folders, but then checked dropbox.com and it deleted them from there too.


If you're deleting a file from the local Dropbox folder on your computer and it's deleting it from your account online as well, then Dropbox is still installed and running on your computer.

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