Apologies in advance for a long explanation. I see no other way to assure the details of my problem are understood. My wife and I both have Dropbox accounts. We had a large amount of shared data. About a month ago I had switched from a Plus account to Basic, and as a result Drobox alerted my I was over quota by about 5000%. My wife has a Plus account, with no current space issues.
In an attempt to resolve my over quota issue, on 3/16/19 I tried to remove a giant shared folder "XYZ", and thought that I was removing XYZ only from my computer hard drive (i.e. the sync'd version of XYZ on Dropbox. XYZ had over 11,000 files inside subfolders, and over 120 GB in it. To do the removal, I did a cut / paste operation in Windows Explorer, cutting the XYZ from Dropbox - which showed up as a folder in the Windows Explorer tree - and pasted XYZ onto an external hard drive. That was a mistake obviously, because the actual XYZ Dropbox folder - not the local copy - was moved to the external drive. The XYZ folder and its sub folders are no longer visible on Dropbox/files from either my account or my wife's account. XYZ is available on the external drive, fortunately intact. We wish to restore the XYZ folder at the very least to one of our accounts, and since my wife has the Plus account, it would seem to be the better option. It's uncertain as to who the original ower of the XYZ folder was. Probably me, but we both had read/write access. I can see relevant 'events' (dropbox.com/events) on the date I did the move of the XYZ folder. The sequence in chrono order:
You removed your access to the shared folder XYZ
You moved the folder XYZ
You deleted the folder XYZ
I looked at Deleted items folder on Dropbox, although there are files and folders listed, none of them are the entire XYZ folder. I can see two options for restoration.
1) I went to the Files/Sharing and and I can see my XYZ folder there. In fact XYZ is the only folder listed. It appears that I can 'add' it. However if I do so wouldn't I be back to being over quota?
2) Alternatively, connect the external drive to my wife's Apple, have her upload the entire XYZ folder back up to her Dropbox Plus account, and re-share XYZ with me. That way I'm hoping we'd be able avoid my quota issue. We've tried it already and it's been unreliable. For one, it's taking forever - like 30 seconds for a 2MB file. Second, it has resulted in some empty sub folders. Third it has reported errors uploading some files, enough so that it would be a royal PITA to fix them one at a time. There shoul be a more reliable faster way - perhaps copy XYZ from the external drive to a flash drive or to her PC drive, and then upload it to her Dropbox?
So what is my best option?
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